Richard Hill

Richard works on technical aspects of coupled and ocean models, with a particular interest in code performance on supercomputers.

Areas of expertise

Richard's areas of expertise include:

  • Development of ocean model code systems

  • Code performance and optimisation on parallel supercomputers

  • Met Office Unified Model coupling interfaces and infrastructure

  • Use of  OASIS couplers in Met Office systems

Current activities

Richard is a senior scientific software engineer working in the Climate, Cryosphere and Oceans team. The current focus of Richard's work is on planning, development, performance analysis and optimisation of coupled Atmosphere-Ocean-Sea Ice models and their components in the context of multiple program multiple data (mpmd) systems. New generations of coupled models will place increasing demands on computing resources, as higher resolution multi-component models are developed and deployed. Richard is working to ensure that the infrastructure to run large parallel models is available and that those models continue to be technically and scientifically viable on state-of-the-art supercomputing platforms.

Career background

Prior to joining the Met Office, Richard completed a degree in Applied Physics before spending several years working in commercial IT systems development.

Since joining the Met Office, Richard has undertaken the technical development and management of ocean and coupled models, including parallelization of the Met Office Unified Model ocean and sea ice models to work on the Met Office's first massively parallel supercomputer. Recent work has included prototyping and developing the Met Office's first mpmd coupled climate model, HadGEM3, based on the UM atmosphere, NEMO ocean and CICE sea ice models using OASIS couplers.

External recognition

Last updated: 4 April 2014