The Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) is the national meteorological service of Germany with about 2700 employees and offices all over Germany. Its principal objectives are monitoring and predicting the state of the atmosphere to provide a wide range of services to civil action, shipping industry, commerce and to general public. DWD is tasked with scientific research directed to the improvement of the forecast and related services. DWD deployed its new numerical model suite, a large scale global model (GME) coupled with a regional local model (LM) to be portable to various platforms such as MPP systems and shared memory architectures. The forecast are produced four times daily on a IBM RS/6000 SP, and the results are distributed nationally and internationally.
DWD is also playing a major role in the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), a UN agency based in Geneva, which co-ordinates the work of all the meteorological services in the world.
The DWD will actively contribute to the Virtual Global Information Systems Centre and bring the experience of various other grid projects into SIMDAT.