PRACE - 4th Implementation Phase Project

Project Reference: 653838
Call:  H2020-EINFRA-2014-2
Coordinator:Forschungszentrum Jülich


PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing, was established in May 2010 as a permanent pan-European High Performance Computing service providing world-class systems for world-class science. Six systems at the highest performance level (Tier-0) are deployed by Germany, France, Italy and Spain providing researchers with over 9 billion core hours of compute time. HPC experts from twenty-five member states - funded in part in three implementation projects - enabled users from academia and industry to ascertain leadership and remain competitive in the Global Race. Currently PRACE is preparing for PRACE 2.0, the successor of the initial five year period.
The objectives of PRACE-4IP are to build on and seamlessly continue the successes of PRACE and start new innovative and collaborative activities proposed by the consortium. These include: assisting the transition to PRACE 2.0; strengthening the internationally recognised PRACE brand; continuing advanced training which so far provided more than 15.000 person-training days to over 4700 persons, preparing strategies and best practices towards exascale computing, coordinating and enhancing the operation of the multi-tier HPC systems and services, and supporting users to exploit massively parallel systems and novel architectures.
The proven project structure will be used to achieve each of the objectives in six dedicated work packages. The project will continue to be managed by Jülich.
The activities are designed to increase Europe's research and innovation potential especially through: seamless and efficient Tier-0 services and a pan-European HPC ecosystem including national capabilities; promoting take-up by industry and special offers to SMEs; analysing new flexible business models for PRACE 2.0; proposing strategies for deployment of leadership systems; collaborating with the ETP4HPC, the coming CoEs and other European and international organisations on future architectures, training, application support and policies.



  • Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) e.V., Germany
  • Grand Équipement National de Calcul Intensif, France
  • The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación, Spain
  • CSC – Tieteen tietotekniikan keskus Oy, Finland
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
  • SurfSara BV, Netherlands
  • Universität Linz, Austria
  • Uppsala universitet, Sweden
  • Consorzio Interuniversitario Cineca, Italy
  • Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Poland
  • UNINETT Sigma2 AS, Norway
  • Greek Research and Technology Network S.A., Greece
  • Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkey
  • The Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation, Cyprus
  • “Association””National Centre for Supercomputing Applications”, Bulgaria
  • Vysoká škola báňská — Technická univerzita Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Nemzeti Információs Infrastruktúra Fejlesztési, Hungary
  • Københavns Universitet, Denmark
  • MACHBA - InterUniversity Computation CenterIsrael
  • Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe AISBL, Belgium
  • Univerza v Ljubljani, Slovenia
  • Výpočtové stredisko Slovenskej akadémie vied, Slovakia

More information

The project in CORDIS


Project details

Start Date: 2015-02-01
End Date:   2017-05-01
EU Contribution:
EUR 15 000 000
Total Costs:
EUR 16 455 916
Funding Scheme:
RIA - Research and Innovation action
Topic: EINFRA-4-2014 - Pan-European High Performance Computing infrastructure and services
Funded under: H2020-EU.