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NetCDF and Native Cloud Storage Access via Zarr

NetCDF has historically offered two different storage formats for the netCDF data model: files based on the original netCDF binary format, and files based on the HDF5 format. While this has proven effective in the past for traditional disk storage, it is less efficient for modern cloud-focused technologies such as those provided by Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud Object Storage, and other cloud service providers. To that end, the Unidata development team is happy to announce that we are expanding the storage solutions available through the netCDF software libraries.

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Models in the Cloud: A Cost Exploration of Cloud Computing for the Atmospheric Sciences

Cloud computing vs local computing

Lucas Sterzinger's capstone (undergraduate senior) research project at the University of North Dakota (UND) investigated how cloud computing services could be used to run weather models, specifically for small businesses.

In this article, Lucas summarizes his project, which looked at whether hosting servers in the cloud a reasonable alternative to buying physical hardware to be located on-site.

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Cloud-Based Visualization at Pennsylvania State University

Penn State

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have used funds made available through Unidata's Community Equipment Awards program to prototype a system for using cloud-based resources to provide access to 3D-visualization software. Their project, titled “A Prototype Cloud-Based Visualization System for Unidata Applications,” focused on running Unidata's Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) on a remote (“cloud”) system and making it available on multiple remote clients.

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Graduate Student Opportunity: Modeling Research in the Cloud Workshop

With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Unidata program is collaborating with researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the university community to organize a workshop on “Modeling Research in the Cloud.” The workshop will include speakers and participants from academia, government, and the private sector (including commercial Cloud vendors), and will be held 31 May - 2 June 2017 at the UCAR campus in Boulder, Colorado. Funding is available to sponsor attendance at the workshop by five graduate students.

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CloudStream — An Application Streaming Docker Framework

In November of 2015, Unidata released CloudIDV, a cloud-optimized version of the IDV. Since then, our community has expressed interest in the underlying application-streaming technology. In the words of one developer, "We all have legacy software that we'd like to support on new devices." Motivated by this observation, we have released CloudStream. CloudStream allows a developer or scientist to easily package software and/or a custom linux environment in such a way that it becomes ready for use in the cloud. Thanks to Docker, building software for use with CloudStream is no more difficult than configuring and building software in any standard Linux environment.

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