PRACE Council Elects New Chair and Vice-Chair

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PRACE (the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) today announced that at its 44th PRACE Council Meeting on 8 June 2022 – held in hybrid mode – PRACE members elected a new chair and vice-chair. The new incumbents will fulfil their mandates for two years.

Dr Constantia Alexandrou, Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Cyprus, Professor at The Cyprus Institute and Director of the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) which is the PRACE partner since 2010 for Cyprus, and who had been PRACE Council delegate for Cyprus since 2008 took over from Dr Janne Ignatius, Adjunct Professor and Programme Director at CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd., as Council Chair.

Dr Norbert Meyer, Director of Data Processing Technologies Division at the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), member of ESFRI DIGIT, EuroHPC INFRAG and e-IRG group of experts, and PRACE delegate for Poland, was elected as the new Vice-Chair.

“It is a great honour for me to have been elected Chair of the Council of PRACE, an organisation with a truly European vision and mission for HPC.     I am fully committed to work with all PRACE members to continuing the success of PRACE in advancing computational science and engineering across Europe. We will collaborate closely with the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking to strengthen the European HPC ecosystem, providing Europe’s scientists in academia and industry the HPC resources, training and support they need for realising cutting-edge research and innovation.,” said Constantia Alexandrou.

PRACE is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class High-Performance Computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are made available by five PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, ETH Zurich/CSCS representing Switzerland, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020) under grant agreement 823767.