Europe's DEISA awards 30M hours of compute time

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This is another one of those announcements I got in email right as I left for my short vacation last week, and I’ve just dug it out of the inbox (apologies, Gavin). Anyway, the Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications (DEISA) announced last week that they’ve awarded 30 million hours of computing time as part of the DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative.

First, some basics for those of us not familiar with the context

The DEISA (Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications) EU funded Research Infrastructure is constituted of a number of leading national supercomputers in Europe interconnected with a high bandwidth10 Gb/s point to point network provided by GEANT and the National Research Networks. Selected middleware allows the deployment and operation of a number of services enabling high performance distributed computing.

And now the news

The 45 projects retained for operation in 2008 cover major areas of science including Materials Science (12 projects), Astro Sciences (8 projects), Engineering (8 projects), Life Sciences (8 projects), Earth Sciences (4 projects), Plasma Physics (3 projects), and Informatics (2 projects). The projects to be supported involve scientists from 14 different European countries and collaborators from three more continents. For the first time as many non-DEISA European countries (the seven countries Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine) have been involved as there are countries with DEISA site(s) (the seven countries Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, and UK). From outside Europe, scientists from Canada, US, Brazil, Chile and Israel collaborate.