Presented on January 24, 2024, by

Dr. Tom Robinson, PhD
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory


The Atmosphere Model 4, Coupled Model 4, and Earth System Model 4 developed by the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) as a part of the Climate Model Intercomparison Project 6 (CMIP6) were developed, tuned, and run on the supercomputer Gaea located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The models run efficiently on this computer, but are untested and unsupported on any other systems. With increasing desire for open source and open science in the climate community, the GFDL has begun developing portable containers to share and distribute the next-generation models. The model environments that are developed can run on any x86 system. Leveraging the knowledge of the Extreme Scale Scientific Software Stack (E4S), these containers are built using spack caches for pulling model dependencies. The containers can run at the same speed as a model built on the host system. Model containers are going to make the next generation GFDL models more accessible to everyone.


Tom Robinson is a physical scientist in the modeling systems division at The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab located in Princeton, NJ. Tom has a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry from the College of New Jersey, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a PhD in meteorology from the University of Hawaii.