Cineca has signed an exclusive agreement with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to cooperate throughout the first phase of Destination Earth, ending the 30 April 2024.

This project consists in the creation of a digital twin of the Earth, and it will be facilitated by Cineca’s newest technologies, including Leonardo, and the highly experienced teams.

Gabriella Scipione, Head of Data Management and Data Analytics' division of Cineca HPC said the agreement is, "an important step in our collaboration and we are excited to support ECMWF in optimising and porting their codes relevant for the DestinE digital twins and the digital twin engine functionalities to be deployed on the EuroHPC sites, in order to be able to efficiently use not only the already available hardware but the hardware which will be available within the next few years.

Destination Earth involves cloud-native technology that will operate in a multi-site HPC environment, drawing from ECMWF’s domain-specific technologies and software development. This innovative setup poses some major scientific and technological challenges where the partnership with Cineca is invaluable.