A: Yes. The GFS ensemble is used as input to GSI during data assimilation. When the GFS ensemble is available, GSI runs in ensemble-variational hybrid data assimilation mode and uses flow-dependent information to create the background error covariance matrix. Conversely, when the GFS ensemble is not available, GSI uses the previously generated static background error covariance.
A: Please refer to the HWRF v4.0 Users Guide (Appendix B: Example of Computational Resources and Notes for NCAR-Cheyenne) for recommended modules and resources to run on Cheyenne.