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1 NWS – Office of Science and Technology
Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS II) Extended Overview for NOAA Technology Summit November 3, 2010 Steve Schotz NWS – Office of Science and Technology

2 AWIPS Background and History AWIPS II Technology Infusion Scope
AGENDA AWIPS Background and History AWIPS II Technology Infusion Scope AWIPS II Migration Approach and Status AWIPS II Extended Projects Milestones Project Description, Benefits and Status

3 Overview AWIPS Impact AWIPS Used at 122 Weather Forecast Offices,
AWIPS is absolutely critical not only for tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods, but also for man-made and terrorist disasters where our services are called upon to defend our homeland security. It was AWIPS that allowed WFO New Orleans to provide 4187 Spot Forecasts for the go-no-go decisions related to what the President declared was a "Spill of National Significance". -- Kenneth Graham; Meteorologist-In-Charge, New Orleans WFO Forecasts Warnings Advisories Watches AWIPS Used at 122 Weather Forecast Offices, 13 River Forecast Centers, & 6 National Centers 3 3 3 3

4 AWIPS Overview Enterprise Architecture Context
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5 AWIPS Overview Information Architecture
Systems Legend NSOF/ ESPC Follow up on the previous enterprise chart, this is a drilled down and more detailed data/information architecture picture. Point out where GOES and satellites data come in, and that AWIPS integrates other observation data and model output, and allow forecaster to display the data, apply their expert knowledge in issuing weather products and providing services Dissemination Modeling & Product Generation Observing “AWIPS is the Integrating Element of the Weather Service” * Note some systems perform multiple functions, e.g. LDAD disseminates information and receives observations 5 5

6 AWIPS Tech Infusion Background
Late 80s – Early 90s: AWIPS I developed 1997: AWIPS I deployed 2004: NWS review identified AWIPS software as major obstacle to meeting future mission requirements Costly to maintain Challenging to infuse new science and applications 2006: NWS executed contract option for AWIPS II-related projects Extend Unified Baseline & Continue Functional Improvement AWIPS AWIPS II Migration Extended and S&T Infusion Port Functionality to Flexible Architecture 6 6 6 6

7 AWIPS Tech Infusion Background
AWIPS II Migration: Migrate current AWIPS functionalities to a “Service Oriented Architecture” (SOA) Improve maintainability and stability via streamlined, extensible software Reduce time to transition from 18 months to 9 months Reduce software development time for new products by 50% Increase software release frequency from 2 to 4 per year AWIPS II Extended: Implement on-going pre-planned, major infrastructure enhancements Extend AWIPS II architecture to the entire NWS weather enterprise Enables more seamless product suite among NWS operational centers, e.g., National Centers, WFOs Improves efficiencies in developing new capabilities that can be used across the NWS weather enterprise Implement system-wide infrastructure enhancements Smart Push/Pull technologies to enable AWIPS to handle increased data volumes associated with major agency initiatives, e.g., GOES-R, Higher resolution models, etc. Real-time collaboration among NWS operators and between NWS operators and partners, e.g., Emergency Managers to support improved product consistency, quality and decision assistance Streamlined information generation dissemination and access for partners to support decision assistance Improve data visualization to support situational awareness and decision assistance 7 7

8 AWIPS II Migration Re-Architecture Approach and Status
Perform “black-box” conversion Preserve existing functionality, look and feel on top of new infrastructure Thorough field validation and acceptance before deployment No loss of functionality Deployed system current with deployed AWIPS capability (i.e., OB9) Use open source projects - No proprietary code Objective is to make AWIPS II available for collaborative development Status Operational Test and Evaluation (OTE) - In progress Deployment Begins – Fall 2011

9 AWIPS II Extended Projects
High-Level Objective Project Target Completion Extend AWIPS II Infrastructure to Entire NWS Forecaster Enterprise NAWIPS Migration Deploy Fall 11 Thin Client Deploy 3Q12 WES Bridge Deploy WES Integration Deploy Fall 11 (Deployed with AWIPS II) 4Q12 Implement System-Wide Enhancements to Benefit Entire AWIPS Enterprise Data Delivery – IOC Data Delivery - FOC 2Q13 FY13-14 Collaboration – Phase I Collaboration – Phase II Collaboration - Phase III FY14-15 Information Generation FOC FY14 3D Visualization IOC

10 AWIPS II Extended - NAWIPS Migration
Objectives Incorporate NAWIPS capabilities into AWIPS SOA Key Benefits Enables more cost-effective software development environment for common requirements across the NWS enterprise; Helps enable software agility Lays ground work for more effective collaboration and seamless products across NWS enterprise (NCs, WFOs, RFCs, CWSUs) by providing common infrastructure Strengthens NWS partnership with University Community by providing entire suite of AWIPS capabilities – Helps enable more efficient R to O and O to R Improves support for OCONUS Regions by providing common software infrastructure for NAWIPS and AWIPS functionality Enables opportunity to provide NAWIPS capabilities to NWS enterprise Status Software Migration nearly complete Pre-OTE begins in November 2010 OTE Testing to occur at Centers Winter-Summer of 2011 Deployment – Fall 2011

11 AWIPS II Extended - AWIPS II Thin Client
Objectives Develop enterprise solution for remote access to AWIPS capabilities Key Benefits Incorporate FX-Net capabilities into baseline Provides common solution to address remote access requirements to support Incident Meteorologists, e.g., Fire Wx, Weather Service Offices, etc. Allows remote users to have access to latest set of AWIPS capabilities Provides partial solution for COOP scenarios at NCs and RFCs In combination with Data Delivery Project, allows us to begin to analyze future opportunities for utilizing cloud computing Status ConOPS defined Prototyping and system analysis of AWIPS II SOA conducted Production design – In progress

12 AWIPS II Extended - Weather Event Simulator (WES)
Objectives Develop enterprise solution to support NWS training requirements Phase I: Provide bridge for current WES capability into AWIPS II. Also serves as a pathfinder for Phase II Phase II: Develop integrated solution for AWIPS enterprise Key Benefits Provides robust, sustainable baseline solution to support NWS training requirements Allows training users to have access to latest built set of AWIPS capabilities Provides training solution for all AWIPS applications Status WES Bridge development in progress; on target with AWIPS II deployment

13 AWIPS II Extended - Data Delivery
Objectives Develop robust data delivery system within AWIPS II infrastructure that enables efficient access to high volume datasets Develop operational robust infrastructure to support “intelligent” access to non-local datasets Data Discovery User defined sub-setting by space, time, and parameter Subscription or Ad-hoc access methods based on weather events Key Benefits Supports high impact based forecast and decision assistance processes by allowing users to access just the data they need by space, time, parameter; Enables more efficient data mining Enables effective on-demand access to Weather Information Database Enables synergy and interoperability with NextGen technologies, e.g., data discovery services, data access services and data providers. Mitigates high growth in data volume e.g. ensembles, high-resolution models and GOES-R Multi-Phase Implementation IOC Focus – NWS data providers, e.g., NOMADS, MADIS, possibly with basic services only, discovery, sub-setting – Target FY13 Status ConOPS for IOC defined Prototyping in AWIPS II in progress High-level Architecture/Design in progress

14 AWIPS II Extended - Collaboration
Objectives Develop capabilities to support real-time collaboration Phase I: Develop/Enhance internal NWS collaboration capabilities Phase II: Develop/Enhance IOC collaboration capabilities with external partners Phase III: Improve collaboration capabilities with external partners Key Benefits Enables more effective collaboration across all levels of NWS promoting a more coordinated and seamless set of products and services – Fosters consistency of NWS products and services Enables interoperability between NWS and decision makers, e.g., emergency managers to support Decision Support Services Status ConOPS for Phase I defined Prototyping in AWIPS II in progress

15 Phase I Collaboration ConOps
Data display sharing This capability will allow participating NWS offices to view each other’s AWIPS data displays during collaboration sessions Telestrator Functions Simple line drawing capabilities, that will allow forecasters to draw and erase temporary lines and polygons on their AWIPS displays that can be viewed by participating collaborators. Telestrator functions will help forecasters identify and discuss specific features of interest, e.g., satellite and radar storm signatures, etc. Creation and editing of hydrometeorological objects Creation, editing and exchange of geo-referenced objects and products such as fronts, areas of severe weather, troughs and ridges, etc. and graphical products such as watches and warnings. Meteorological objects and products will be displayed and/or exchanged among the participating collaborators allowing participants to import these graphics and display them in AWIPS applications. The display and exchange of meteorological objects and products will allow sites to collaborate in real-time on object or product features such as location, shape, and intensity. Object and product attributes such as front type, product type, etc; will also be saved so that they are available for forecaster access and editing. An integrated text chat capability that will allow forecasters to chat during the collaboration session.

16 AWIPS II Extended – Information Generation
Objective Develop infrastructure to support common set of information generation services and tools to support decision assistance Key Benefits Enables AWIPS tools and Decision Maker tools for decision support Streamlines generation of products to support emerging industry standards, e.g., CAP and GIS Reduces development time associated with the introduction of new products and services Enables generation of NWS products from both local data bases and the 4-D weather Data Cube Opportunities for synergy with IRIS project Status Initial capabilities encapsulated in Integrated Hazard Services (IHIS) Project Overall Objective - Consolidate watch/warning/hazard product generation and provide information to external partners Exploratory development in progress

17 AWIPS II Extended - Advanced Visualization
Objective Develop advanced visualizations techniques, e.g., 3-D visualization that can be utilized by AWIPS baseline applications Key Benefits Enables more effective forecaster visualization of datasets to support forecast and decision making processes. Methods to improve situational awareness Methods to improve identification of factors that affect high impact events Status Requirements definition/exploratory development to begin in FY12


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