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The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe

Contact: General Information
Start: May 01, 2010
Participants: 17 partners from 17 countries
Funded by: Member States
Homepage: www.prace-project.eu

Project Description

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, PRACE,  is a unique persistent pan-European Research Infrastructure for High Performance Computing (HPC). PRACEforms the top level of the European HPC ecosystem.

Building a world-class pan-European High Performance Computing (HPC) Service and infrastructure involves the scientific and industrial user communities with their leading edge applications. This needs to be done in a fastly evolving context, were technologies change continuously and where the science focus changes as results are obtained and new directions are explored.

PRACE provides Europe with world-class systems for world-class science and strengthens Europe's scientific and industrial competitiveness. PRACE maintains a pan-European HPC service consisting of up to six top of the line leadership systems (Tier-0) well integrated into the European HPC ecosystem. Each system provides computing power of several Petaflop/s (one quadrillion operations per second) in midterm. On the longer term (2019) Exaflop/s (one quintillion) computing power will be targeted by PRACE. This infrastructure is managed as a single European entity. The PRACE leadership systems form the apex of resources for large-scale computing and data management for scientific discovery and engineering research and development for the benefit of Europe and are well integrated into the European HPC ecosystem.

The partnership was established through the close collaboration of the European countries that prepared the legal, financial, and technical basis in a project. The First Implementation Phase of PRACE is in line with the objectives of the PRACE Research Infrastructure (PRACE-RI) organisation: from coordinated system selection and design, coherent management of the distributed infrastructure, software deployment, porting, scaling, optimising applications and promoting and advancing application development and the skills.

PRACE Research Infrastructure organisation (PRACE-RI)

The PRACE RI is a pan-European infrastructure seated in Brussels is named ‘Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe AISBL’and established as an international non-profit association of European government representative organizations responsible for High-Performance Computing resources and services for public research. The partners are creating a pan-European world class computing and data management infrastructure, providing access to resources at the highest performance level including sophisticated services for scientific simulations in all fields of science and engineering.

The mission of the PRACE RI is to enable high impact European scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. The PRACE RI seeks to realize this mission through world class computing and data management resources and services open to all European public research through a peer review process.

The PRACE RI offers three different forms of access: Project Access, Programme Access and Preparatory Access. Project Access is the normal form of access for individual researchers and research groups. It is open to European researchers and their collaborators from recognized European academic institutions and industry for projects deemed to have significant European and International impact. Programme Access is available to major European projects or infrastructures that can benefit from PRACE resources and for which Project Access is not appropriate. Preparatory Access is a simplified form of access for limited resources for the preparation of resource requests in response to Project Access Calls for Proposals.

PRACE education effort

PRACE has an extensive education and training effort for effective use of the RI through seasonal schools, workshops and scientific and industrial seminars throughout Europe. Seasonal Schools target broad HPC audiences, whereas workshops are focused on particular technologies, tools or disciplines or research areas. Education and training material and documents related to the RI are available on the PRACE website as is schedule of events.

PRACE software and hardware technology initiatives

PRACE undertakes software and hardware technology initiatives with the goal of preparing for changes in technologies used in the RI and provide the proper tools, education and training for the user communities to adapt to those changes. A goal of these initiatives is also to reduce the life-time cost of systems and their operations, in particular the energy consumption of systems and the environmental impact. To reduce potential conflict of interest in vendor collaborations PRACE initiated the formation of STRATOS (STRAtegic TechnOlogieS), and organization for collaboration with industry and other non-PRACE partner organizations.

Most of these information have been collected from PRACE´s homepage .They have been last updated on Jun 04, 2015
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