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Partnership for advanced computing in Europe

Activity Code: INFRA
Coordinator: Prof. Dr Achim Bachem, Forschungszentrum Jülich


ESFRI has identified High Performance Computing (HPC) as a strategic priority for Europe. Scientists and engineers must be provided with access to capability computers of leadership class in Europe to remain competitive internationally and to maintain or regain leadership. Supercomputers are an indispensable tool to solve the most challenging problems through simulations.

PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, has the overall objective to prepare the creation of a persistent pan-European HPC service, consisting of three to five centres, similar to the US HPC infrastructure. PACE will be the tier-0 level of the European HPC ecosystem. It will build on the experience of the partners and use concepts and services from EC-funded projects like GEANT2 and DEISA.

The hosting centres of the planned tier-0 systems will provide the expertise, competency, and the required infrastructure for comprehensive services to meet the challenging demands of excellent users from academia and industry.

PRACE will prepare for the implementation of the infrastructure in 2009/2010 by defining and setting up a legal and organisational structure involving HPC centres, national funding agencies, and scientific user communities to ensure adequate funding for the continued operation and periodic renewal of leadership systems, coordinated procurements, efficient use and fair access.

In parallel PRACE will prepare the deployment of Petaflop/s systems in 2009/2010. This includes the procurement of prototype systems for the evaluation of software for managing the distributed infrastructure, the selection, benchmarking, and scaling of libraries and codes from major scientific user communities, the definition of technical requirements and procurement procedures, as well as collaborations with the European IT-industry to influence the development of new technologies and components for architectures that are promising for Petaflop/s systems to be procured after 2010.

Project Details:

Start Date: 01.01.2008
End Date: 31.12.2009
EU Contribution: 9.98 Mio. Euro
Total Costs: 20.12 Mio. Euro
Funding Scheme: no contract type
Administrative Contact Person: Dr Klaus Hoppstock, k.hoppstock@fz-juelich.de
Scientific Coordinator:
Prof. Dr Achim Bachem, prace-coordinator@fz-juelich.de
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  • Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif, France
  • The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK
  • Greek Research and Technology Network S.A., Greece
  • Universität Linz, Austria
  • Cineca Consorzio Interuniversitario, Italy
  • The Science and Technology Facilities Council, United Kingdom
  • Linkopings Universitet, Sweden
  • Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, France
  • Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Germany
  • Vetenskapsradet, Sweden
  • Stichting Nationale Computerfaciliteiten, Netherlands
  • Stichting Academisch Rekencentrum Amsterdam (SARA), Netherlands
  • The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion, Spain
  • Faculdade Ciencias e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  • CSC-Tieteellinen Askenta OY, Finland
  • Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan, Sweden
  • Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg I, France
  • Uninett AS, Norway
  • Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej, Poland
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
  • Universität Stuttgart, Germany