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José Gálvez – NOAA Team Member of the Month, January ‘23

José Gálvez serves as an International Desk Coordinator for the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) in College Park, MD. José has demonstrated exceptional dedication and innovation in meeting his international tropical cyclone forecasting and training responsibilities. The NCEP International Desk provides essential decision support services to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Hurricane Center, the Weather Prediction Center, and various other partners. Although the International Desk is normally a 3-person team, due to unusual circumstances José worked alone during the 2022 Hurricane Season. José rose to the challenge — in the 30-day period ending October 14, he authored over 50 daily rainfall forecasts for threatening systems, including for devastating hurricanes Fiona and Ian. In fact, the San Juan Weather Forecast Office specifically noted the positive impact José had on “understanding the severity of the rainfall forecast associated with Hurricane Fiona.” Despite staffing challenges, during this difficult period José also developed a series of training modules under tight deadlines. In sum, José overcame significant challenges to provide essential information to partners internal and external to NOAA.

Axiom Demonstrates HAFS Cloud Performance on AWS platform

Axiom Demonstrates HAFS Cloud Performance on AWS Platform

Axiom Consultants, Inc., through the AWS Partnership Program, has successfully ported the Unified Forecast System (UFS) Hurricane Analysis and Forecast System (HAFS) to the cloud. This work was undertaken as a proof of concept to understand the cost and effort required to move the UFS Application from its traditional high performance computing environments like NOAA’s on-premises, bare-metal Research and Development High Performance Computing Systems (RDHPCS) to a cloud environment – a transition that potentially breaks down barriers to research and development for many UFS Community contributors outside NOAA. 

We began with a cost assessment for using AWS to run HAFS. We ran a basic HAFS forecast test case to test AWS Parallel Cluster, choosing instance types that fit the needs of the components of the HAFS system (preprocessing, atmospheric forecast, and postprocessing). 

We compared:

  • Intel-based Parallel Cluster configuration to an alternative AMD-based configuration.
  • Used instance types leveraging Intel Skylake-SP processors that had been memory optimized (r5.24xlarge) for memory intensive pre- and post-processing components.
  • We chose compute optimized versions (c5n.18xlarge) with Elastic Fabric Adaptor (EFA) enabled for the forecast component. When running the same experiments with AMD processors, we used Hpc6a.48xlarge instances featuring EFA-enabled 3rd generation AMD EPYC 7003 series processors for all HAFS components. We followed up with a preliminary assessment of containerizing HAFS with Singularity and running the workflow on the Intel- and AMD-configured Parallel Clusters.

Preliminary results:

  • AMD processors speed up pre-processing steps by a factor of 2.6 – 3, with a cost savings factor of 5.5-6.3 over the r5, memory optimized Intel Skylake-SP instances.
  • Comparing the forecasts over 10 instances on HPC6a and c5n.18xlarges clusters, the AMD platform performed 3x faster, for a computational cost savings of 5x that of c5n instances.

Future work:

  • Extend the work to assess cost associated with more complicated HAFS configurations.
  • Port to additional cloud platforms
  • Perform scaling studies for HAFS components
  • Contribute portability changes and container recipes to the UFS Community

We recognized a challenge at NOAA, so we prototyped an innovative solution by partnering with AWS. Now we’ve positioned ourselves to contribute portability changes and container recipes back to the UFS Community and the NWS repository. — “We care about the mission…”

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Axiom CEO Featured in Leadership Magazine

Axiom Consultants CEO Bhavana Rakesh is included in the latest special edition of Women Leadership Magazine USA in the Influential Women in Business feature.

Women Leadership Magazine is a quarterly business news publication established in 2017 for women in business and business owners domestically and internationally. In their latest cover story, Women Leadership Magazine highlighted stories of women business leaders across a variety of industries.

Among the featured business leaders is Axiom’s CEO, Bhavana Rakesh. Ms. Rakesh is a trailblazing woman in business, who brings a valuable blend of strategic vision, a big-picture perspective, analytical expertise, and commitment to achieving company objectives.

Ms. Rakesh brings close to 20 years of experience in the Federal Government Sector in technical innovation and program management support. Under her leadership, Axiom has expanded its client base while maintaining a focus on customer satisfaction and employee welfare.

Axiom Consultants is an SBA certified 8(a) Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) which is based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

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UiPath Partnership

Axiom Consultants, a provider of information technology consulting services for the federal government, is proud to announce it has partnered with robotic process automation (RPA) software provider, UiPath, to automate repetitive processes to improve government efficiency and overall digital transformation objectives for its customers.

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CMMI Level 3

Committed to continuous improvement and closing the capability gap, Axiom Consultants, Inc (Axiom) has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration!
Congratulations to our team at Axiom who made this happen! #CapabilityCounts

What does this mean?
Axiom’s organization processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods.