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Intel and Google Cloud Enable ClimaCell’s Weather Prediction Accuracy

climate 2x1 1Achieving highly accurate weather forecasting requires gathering and processing data from multiple sources in real time. Weather technology company ClimaCell is disrupting the weather-prediction industry with intelligent micro-forecasting solutions based on the company’s proprietary big data collection and analysis platform. Optimized to run on Google Cloud instances enabled by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, ClimaCell produces some of the world’s most accurate and granular micro-weather data.

ClimaCell’s weather platform is powered by data collected from a variety of data sources, including wireless signals, connected cars, airplanes, drones and internet of things (IoT) devices. To efficiently gather and process this data, ClimaCell runs its global API platform on the Google Cloud compute-optimized instance (C2) featuring 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The combination provides ClimaCell with the high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) resources necessary to accommodate massive datasets.

Integrating AI and HPC into its detailed analysis process allows ClimaCell to maximize its predictive services to produce a holistic and highly accurate model of impending weather conditions. For example, a major airline taps ClimaCell micro forecasting to access predictive weather data before conditions pose a safety risk to passengers or impact flight times. The airline claims the insights it gets from ClimaCell’s micro-forecasting technology saves the company $50,000 per month, per airport hub.

case study is available, detailing how Google Cloud’s HPC solution featuring Intel Xeon Scalable processors provides ClimaCell and its customers the performance and flexibility needed for complex micro weather modeling and micro-forecasting.

ClimaCell leverages Intel compilers and Intel MPI with its code to help boost weather-forecasting application performance on C2 instances. Intel software helps maximize the code’s performance by utilizing the processor’s hardware instructions (such as Intel® AVX-512), optimally uses all the cores and memory footprint, and helps the code scale without degradation among multiple C2 nodes.

For over 15 years, Intel and Google Cloud have delivered continuous innovation to customers like ClimaCell. Multiple generations of the Intel Xeon Scalable processor are widely deployed by Google Cloud in 24 Cloud regions and 74 availability zones.

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