Programming and the Climate Dynamics Project.
Programming for the ARPA-funded Climate Dynamics Project is a mixed bag. The primary task is modeling the earth's atmosphere and oceans. The ramifications of that task are often amazing. They include use of the ILLIAC IV computer and the ARPA network, extremely large databases (50 offline 2314 disk packs at present, and up to the equivalent of 420 [online] 2314s in the future), and graphic display systems. The wide variety of computers presently used by the project (370/158, 360/91, PDP-10, B6700 and ILLIAC IV) present numerous problems and languages for programmers to contend with. This paper is an attempt to summarize all of this activity. 50 pp.