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PRACE Awards 1.7 Thousand Million Core Hours for Research Projects in Europe

Today the European PRACE initiative announced that 46 Awards from their recent 15th Call for Proposals total up to nearly 1.7 thousand million core hours. The 46 awarded projects are led by principal investigators from 12 different European countries. “Of local interest this time around, the awarded projects involve co-investigators from the USA (7) and Russia (2). All information and the abstracts of the projects awarded under the 15th PRACE Call for Proposals are now available online.”

Multiscale Dataflow Computing: Competitive Advantage at the Exascale Frontier

“This talk will explain the motivation behind dataflow computing to escape the end of frequency scaling in the push to exascale machines, introduce the Maxeler dataflow ecosystem including MaxJ code and DFE hardware, and demonstrate the application of dataflow principles to a specific HPC software package (Quantum ESPRESSO).”

PRACE Offers Supercomputing 101 Course

PRACE is offering an online Supercomputing 101 course through the Future Learn program. This free online course will introduce you to what supercomputers are, how they are used and how we can exploit their full computational potential to make scientific breakthroughs. “Using supercomputers, we can now conduct virtual experiments that are impossible in the real world.”

Future HPC Challenges for Europe

In this video from PRACEdays17, Thomas Skordas describes the future challenges of HPC in Europe and the key role of PRACE in the European HPC ecosystem. “PRACEdays17 included keynotes about European and international HPC strategy, scientific achievements, and industrial applications of HPC. The Barcelona Supercomputing Center hosted an enjoyable environment and an excellent organization.”

Lenovo Powers World’s Largest Skylake Cluster at Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Today Lenovo announced the deployment of the world’s largest, next-generation Intel-based Supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The 11.1 petaFLOP1 Supercomputer called MareNostrum 4, will be housed in the world’s “most beautiful data center”at the Chapel Torre Girona at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, and will be used to power diverse science from human genome research, bioinformatics and biomechanics to weather forecasting and atmospheric composition. This new system, which will continue to grow over time, is listed at #13 on the latest TOP500 list that was released this week. “The fast delivery, installation and optimization of the MareNostrum 4 system at BSC, showcases Lenovo’s end-to-end, high-performance computing strength,” said Kirk Skaugen, President of Lenovo Data Center Group. “Building on our 25 years of history in x86 server computing and our number one position in x86 server customer satisfaction and reliability, our goal at Lenovo is to be the largest supercomputing company on earth helping solve humanities biggest challenges through the rapid advancement of technology and innovation.”

Why Summer of HPC is an Experience to Remember

The Summer of HPC is a PRACE program that offers summer placements at HPC centres across Europe. “I was part of the Laboratory of Computer-Aided Design at the University of Ljubljana, working on data visualization for nuclear fusion simulations. I developed and improved the capabilities of the data visualization framework, making it easier and providing more flexibility for scientists to analyze the modeling of Tokamak fusion reactors.”

Frauke Gräter to receive 2nd PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Today the European PRACE initiative announced that Prof Dr Frauke Gräter from University of Heidelberg is the winner of the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. It is the second time that PRACE awards a female scientist for her outstanding impact on HPC research, computational science or service provision at a global level. The award will be presented at PRACEdays17, to be held May 16-18 in Barcelona.

Call for Proposals reflects magnitude of PRACE 2

Today the European PRACE initiative announced that their 14th Call for Proposals yielded 113 eligible proposals of which 59 were awarded a total of close to 2 thousand million core hours. This brings the total number of projects awarded by PRACE to 524. Taking into account the 3 multi-year projects from the 12th Call that were renewed and the 10 million core hours reserved for Centres of Excellence, the total amount of core hours awarded by PRACE to more than 14 thousand million. “The 59 newly awarded projects are led by principal investigators from 15 different European countries. In addition, two projects are led by PIs from New Zealand and the USA.”

Call for Proposals: PRACE 2 Project Access

The European PRACE initiative has issued its 15th Call for Proposals for Project Access, the second Call under the PRACE 2 program. “Applications for Project Access must use codes that have been previously tested and that demonstrate high scalability and optimization to multi-core architectures or that demonstrate a requirement for ensemble simulations that need a very large amount of CPU/GPU overall.”

SHAPE Program offers HPC to Small Businesses in Europe

“The SHAPE Program will help European SMEs overcome barriers to using HPC, such as cost of operation, lack of knowledge and lack of resources. It will facilitate the process of defining a workable solution based on HPC and defining an appropriate business model.”