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Call for Proposals: PRACE Project Access

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The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe has issued their Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access. By providing access to some of the fastest supercomputer in Europe, the Call for Proposals targets large-scale, computationally intensive projects that would not be possible or productive without access to PRACE resources.

PRACE Awards 1.2 Billion Core Hours for Research

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Today the European PRACE initiative announced that a total of 1.2 billion core hours have been awarded to 43 HPC projects as part of their 9th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals.

PRACE Council Chair Describes the Way Forward at ICRI 2014

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PRACE Council Chair Catherine Rivière spoke on Sustainability & Business Models at the recent International Conference on Research Infrastructures.

Video: Developing the HPC Compute Cores of Tomorrow

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In this video from the PRACE Winter School 2014 in Tel Aviv, Ofri Wechsler from Intel presents: Developing the HPC Compute Cores of Tomorrow.

Leadership Computing for Combustion Apps on INCITE and PRACE Systems

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“The INCITE and PRACE programs give access to increasing resources allowing these technologies to be applied to industrial scale systems. From past and ongoing research examples performed at CERFACS, this presentation highlights the scientific breakthroughs allowed by HPC on exascale machines for reacting flows for gas turbines and explosions in buildings.”

PRACE Allocates Millions of Core Hours in 44 Awards

The European PRACE initiative has allocated 44 awards totaling millions of hours of supercomputing time in their 8th Regular Call for Proposals.

US and European HPC Centers to Collaborate for Better Science

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Researchers in the USA and in Europe have been offered access to some of the world’s most sophisticated supercomputers, as result of three initiatives announced this month.

European Strategy for HPC and Exascale

In February 2012 the European Commission (EC) published a Communication highlighting the strategic nature of High Performance Computing (HPC) as a crucial asset for the European Union’s (EU’s) innovation capacity, proposing a series of activities that could lead to European leadership in both the supply and the use of HPC systems and services by 2020.

The Communication views HPC as an important tool in addressing societal and scientific grand challenges, and in helping industry to be more innovative and competitive. It notes that while Europe buys 32% of the world’s HPC systems, it only provides 4.3% of these systems. European HPC capacity decreased by 10% from 2008 to 2010, while the US and Japan each have more HPC capacity than all European countries combined, and both China and Russia have declared HPC an area of strategic priority funded by significant investment. The EU has significant strengths in the areas of scientific and engineering software, as well as parallel software development.

In 1975 Europe set up the European Space Agency as it saw independent access to space as being a strategic goal for Europe. The Commission advocates a similar strategic decision for HPC systems and services.