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PRACE 5th Implementation Phase Project
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PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing is the permanent pan-European High Performance Computing service providing world-class systems for world-class science. Systems at the highest performance level (Tier-0) are deployed by Germany, France, Italy and Spain providing researchers with over 11 billion core hours of compute time. HPC experts from 25 member states enabled users from academia and industry to ascertain leadership and remain competitive in the Global Race. Currently PRACE is in transition to PRACE 2, the successor of the initial five year period.

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The objectives of PRACE-5IP 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 including an analysis of TransNational Access; strengthening the internationally recognised PRACE brand; continuing and extend advanced training which so far provided more than 18 800 persontraining days; 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. A high level Service Catalogue is provided. The proven project structure will be used to achieve each of the objectives in 6 dedicated work packages. 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 new communities and special offers to SMEs; implementing a new flexible business model for PRACE 2; proposing strategies for deployment of leadership systems; collaborating with the ETP4HPC, CoEs and other European and international organisations on future architectures, training, application support and policies.

  1. JUELICH- Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany, Coordinator)
  2. GCS - Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) e.V. (Germany)
  3. GENCI - Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif (France)
  4. EPCC - The University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
  5. BSC - Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (Spain)
  6. CSC - CSC-Tieteen Tietotekniikan Keskus OY (Finland)
  7. ETH Zurich - Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zuerich (Switzerland)
  8. SURFsara - SURFsara BV (Netherlands)
  9. SNIC-UU - UPPSALA Universitet (Sweden)
  10. CINECA Consorzio Interuniversitario (Italy)
  11. PSNC - Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
  12. SIGMA2 - UNINETT SIGMA2 AS (Norway)
  13. GRNET - Greek Research and Technology Network S.A. (Greece)
  14. UC-LCA - Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)
  15. NUI Galway - National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
  16. UHEM - Istanbul Teknik Universitesi (Turkey)
  17. CaSToRC - The Cyprus Institute (Cyprus)
  18. NCSA - National Centre for Supercomputing Applications (Bulgaria)
  20. NIIFI – Nemzeti Információs Infrastruktúra Fejlesztési Iroda (Hungary)
  21. UCPH - Københavns Universitet (Denmark)
  22. IUCC – MACHBA - InterUniversity Computation Center (Israel)
  23. PRACE - Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe AISBL (Belgium)
  24. UL – University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  25. CCSAS - Vypoctove stredisko Slovenskej akademie vied (Slovakia)
  26. CENAERO - Centre de Recherche en Aeronautique ASBL (Belgium)
Sanzio Bassini
Giovanni Erbacci
Paola Alberigo