With the conclusion of acceptance, NOAA developers can complete transition of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) production model suite from the legacy NCEP Central Computing System (CCS) to the new WCOSS. Many NCEP Centers, including the Environmental Modeling Center, NCEP's Central Operations, Climate Prediction Center, National Hurricane Center, and Space Weather Prediction Center, along with other NOAA organizations including the Meteorological Development Laboratory, National Ocean Service, and the Air Resources Laboratory are involved in this transition. The migration of data assimilation software, numerical weather prediction models, and product generation software is expected to be completed by May 2013.
Parallel work occurring at the same time as the transition of software from the current PowerPC architecture to the iDataPlex Intel architecture includes implementation of high-speed wide area network connections at both sites, system optimization, model suite scheduling work to establish product delivery times in line with current operations, and preparation for product validation. The product validation phase will include an opportunity for external users to compare products from the operational Central Computing System and the pre-operational WCOSS system while the systems are running in parallel.