CCMC/SWPC 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 Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) at NASA and the Space Weather Prediction Testbed (SWPT) at NOAA. Since 2019, the ACE environment has been set up 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. 

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