Last Updated: 01/05/2024

CCMC-SWPC Proving Ground

Architecture for Collaborative Evaluation (ACE)

In 2016 and 2019 Executive Orders were signed by the President to prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events. At the forefront of being able to achieve this goal is the necessity to accelerate research-to-operations and to enhance operations-to-research (R2O2R). To drive this initiative, the Space Weather R2O2R Framework, initially led by NOAA and NASA, was developed. At the very center of the framework is the Space Weather Proving Grounds effort that will allow various institutions to collaborate, share, and advance their space weather modeling and simulation capabilities. The first of these Proving Grounds is the Architecture for Collaborative Evaluation (ACE) environment shared between the CCMC and SWPC, and the Space Weather Prediction Testbed (SWPT) at NOAA.

Established in 2019, the CCMC-SWPC proving ground, ACE, has been set up as an computational environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud where it utilizes AWS cloud services and Docker containerization technology. The purpose of this environment is to further enhance operational-grade models and software, and to demonstrate that research-grade models and software are ready to be transitioned into operational settings.

Project Milestones

  • 2022-2024: UMASEP installation, real-time execution, and validation in the CCMC-SWPC proving ground
  • 2021-2022: GloTEC real-time pipeline in the CCMC-SWPC proving ground
  • 2020-2022: CTIPe installation and real-time execution in the CCMC-SWPC proving ground (real-time CTIPe output page on AWS)