PRACE-1IP

PRACE - First Implementation Phase Project

Project Reference: 261557
Activity Code:
INFRA-2010-2.3.1
Coordinator: Forschungszentrum Jülich

Description:

Large scale simulations are the third pillar of science today alongside theory and experiment. They produce scientific insights, technological advances, and solve problems in many fields of society. Their tools are high-end computers and effective software. PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing, has been created as a not for profit association in May 2010 as a permanent pan-European High Performance Computing service providing world-class systems for world-class science. Up to six systems at the highest performance level (Tier-0) will be deployed the first one being the already installed BlueGene/P in Germany. Funding for the next three systems has been committed by France, Italy, and Spain. Twenty European states are members of the PRACE Research Infrastructure (RI). Access to the PRACE resources will be through a single peer review process. The Scientific Steering Committee represents the user communities and guides the strategic directions. PRACE works closely with national, regional, and topical centres to shape the European HPC ecosystem.

The PRACE-1IP project is designed to support the accelerated implementation of the RI. The project supports the evolution of the RI by refining and extending the administrative, legal and financial framework with focus on the specific requirements of industry. To enable world-class science on novel systems the project assists users in porting, optimising and peta-scaling applications to the different architectures and deploys consistent services across the RI. The tools and techniques will be selected to have broad applicability across many disciplines. This is accompanied by advanced training in modern programming methods and paradigms, establishing a permanent distributed training infrastructure. The PRACE brand is already well established in the international HPC scene; extensive dissemination and outreach will be continued. The project advises PRACE on procurements of the next generation of systems. Finally, promising technologies, especially with respect to energy efficiency, will be evaluated with the ultimate goal to collaborate with industrial partners to develop products exploiting STRATOS, PRACE advisory group for Strategic Technologies created in the PRACE Preparatory Phase project.

Project Details:

Start Date: 2010-07-01
End Date: 2012-06-30
EU Contribution: 20 000 000 Euro
Total Costs: 28 799 674 Euro 
Contract Type: CPCSA
Programme Acronym: FP7-Infrastructures
Subprogramme Area: INFRA-2010-2.3.1 First implementation phase of the European High Performance Computing (HPC) service PRACE
Administrative Contact Person: Thomas EICKERMANN (Dr), Julich Supercomputing Centre

Partners:

  • ETH ZURICH – Suisse
  • GAUSS CENTRE FOR SUPERCOMPUTING (GCS) E.V. – Germany
  • UNIVERSITAET LINZ – Austria
  • BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION – Spain
  • UNINETT SIGMA AS – Norway
  • STICHTING NATIONALE COMPUTERFACILITEITEN – Netherlands
  • GREEK RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY NETWORK S.A. – Greece
  • THE CYPRUS RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION – Kypros
  • NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SUPERCOMPUTING APPLICATIONS – Bulgaria
  • VETENSKAPSRADET - SWEDISH RESEARCH COUNCIL – Sweden
  • NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY – Republic of Ireland
  • ISTANBUL TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI – Turkey
  • THE ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL – UK
  • UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA – Portugal
  • INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ PAN – Poland
  • INSTITUT ZA FIZIKU – Serbia
  • VYSOKA SKOLA BANSKA - TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA OSTRAVA- Czech Republic
  • CSC-TIETEEN TIETOTEKNIIKAN KESKUS OY – Finland
  • GRAND EQUIPEMENT NATIONAL DE CALCUL INTENSIF – France
  • CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO CINECA - Italia
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