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Run WRF in the Cloud with Sabalcore HPC

The importance of weather and climate prediction for saving lives and protecting property has never been greater. Sabalcore’s “bare-metal” approach to HPC in the cloud fills the gap that virtual clouds can’t.

Sabalcore hosts the popular Weather Research Forecast (WRF) model as part of our High Performance Computing services. Run on-demand using our customizable and easy to use environment. We have the latest versions installed plus everything you need to build and run your domains in a production environment.

Performance Matters

The importance of weather and climate prediction for saving lives and protecting property has never been greater. Sabalcore’s “bare-metal” approach to HPC in the cloud fills the gap that virtual clouds can’t.

Three important aspects that a HPC cloud must have – Fast network, fast file system, and correctly compiled and installed to take full advantage of the HPC system. These three attributes are essential for achieving results.

Our installations are finely tuned for optimum performance. We have dozens of pre-built packages ready to run including WPS, ARW, NMM, WRFDA, HWRF, 3D-var, and more. If you need a custom build, we offer to compile it for your, while the advanced WRF user has the option to compile and install their own.

Our hardware infrastructure is non-virtual. Why is this better? A non-virtual infrastructure provides the best performance possible because the software gets full access to the CPU cores, network, and direct attached storage. Our compute nodes are bare-metal and have ultra low-latency, local, InfiniBand interconnects for outstanding parallel processing performance.

  • Turn-key – everything is pre-installed, configured, and ready to go. Begin running in just a few minutes
  • Build your own using your REGISTRY or have us do it for you.
  • Automation – automate entire workload from downloading of Met data to pre and post processing
  • Scheduled job executions
  • Reliability – our HPC cloud is designed for around-the-clock production work-loads
  • Single origin Cloud – you know exactly where and who manages the cloud.


We have supported WRF users from around the world for many years.  With our expertise, consider Sabalcore an extension of your business and a valued partner.

About WRF

WRF can generate atmospheric simulations using real data (observations, analyses) or idealized conditions. It offers operational forecasting a flexible and computationally-efficient platform, while providing recent advances in physics, numeric, and data assimilation.  The software is designed to serve both atmospheric research and operational forecasting needs. The full software package is available including the model, the preprocessing system (WPS), and graphics software for post visualization are available at Sabalcore.

Performance is Critical

Parallel applications rely heavily on distributing the domain process across many compute nodes in order to reduce the wall-time necessary to complete the simulation. Therefore, the network connection between the nodes is critical to the performance, scalability, and reliability of the process. Sabalcore’s  NVIDA/Mellanox Infiniband network provides the ultra-low latency full-bandwidth connectivity between compute nodes and is directly attached to the storage domain. Easily scale to hundreds of processor cores.

  • High performance Infiniband interconnects (many times faster than Ethernet)
  • High performance parallel filesystems for demanding I/O
  • Direct-attached storage for high-throughput direct-to-disk I/O
  • Bare-metal compute nodes for highest available performance per CPU cycle (hyperthreading disabled)

Why use Sabalcore HPC Cloud?

Sabalcore HPC systems were specifically designed to run computationally intensive numerical applications with performance, efficiency and reliability in mind. Sabalcore compute systems, storage systems, and networks are bare-metal and operate without performance restrictions.

Start simulating quickly. Get the most out of the cloud with our bare-metal HPC clusters.  Prebuilt WRF available. Simply log into the service, upload your model using the built-in transfer client, select your compute resources, and run the job.

  • "Lightning Fast"

    Access compute resources in seconds.

    Download fast using our proprietary file transfer technology.

    High performance interconnects (NVIDIA® Mellanox® Quantum™ Infiniband) – critical MPI based applications

    High performance parallel file system – load is distributed across numerous targets simultaneously for optimal performance.

  • Free Account, free data storage

    User accounts are free. You only pay for CPU time (core-hours).
    Pay-per-use billing. Pay only for what you use.
    100GB of data storage free each month.

  • Turn Key

    Access compute resources in seconds.

    Everything is ready to go.

  • Support

    Store TBs of data long-term
    Robust scripting capabilities for automation, reporting, and more.
    Extensive batch, queue, and scripting capabilities.
    Technical support included.

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Free Account and 1,000 free core-hours to get you started. No obligation.

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