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15.02.2017

PRACE – Call for Proposals

Preparatory Access...SHAPE


Opens external link in new windowPRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is a Research Infrastructure (RI) that allows researchers from across Europe to apply for time on high-performance computers from a series of hosting nations via a central peer review process. Additionally, support for code development and optimisation by experts amongst the PRACE RI members can be applied for.

PRACE information for Austria is available at Opens external link in new windowPRACE in Austria.
Note: as of January 1, 2017, Austria is not a member of PRACE any more.

Opens external link in new windowPRACE Preparatory Access is intended for testing and developing codes in order to prepare applications for PRACE Tier-0 project access.

The Call for Proposals for PRACE Preparatory Access Type A (to demonstrate scalability of the code on PRACE HPC systems) and Type B (undertake code development and optimisation) schemes is a continuously open call, with a maximum time-to-resources-access (start-date) of two weeks after the date of submission.

In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the Preparatory Access Type C which includes code development and optimisation with support from PRACE HPC experts. To bridge the gap between local university or site-specific computing resources and PRACE Tier-0 systems, the new Type D offers users to start the code adaption and optimisation work on a PRACE Tier-1 national system to finally reach Tier-0 system scalability, again supported by PRACE HPC experts.

Requests for Type C and Type D schemes are evaluated and granted on a quarterly schedule, with cut-offs for evaluations to be set at 11:00 AM CEST / CET of the first working day of March, June, September and December. Awarded proposals for Type C will have a maximum time-to-resources-access (start date) of two months after the relevant cut-off date.

Opens external link in new windowPRACE Project Access: Opens external link in new windowThe 14th Call for Proposals for Project Access is open from 10 October 2016, 15:30 CET until 21 November 2016, 10:00 CET. The next call will open presumably in February 2017.

PRACE Call 14 is open under the new framework of the PRACE 2 programme. PRACE welcomes CSCS (Switzerland) as the 5th PRACE hosting partner making available their system Piz Daint, and the new MareNostrum4 system provided by BSC (Spain). These two Tier-0 systems contribute compute core hours to Call 14 as well as the ones provided by France (GENCI), Germany (GCS) and Italy (CINECA). In total PRACE can offer more than 2000 million compute core hours which is 3 times more than in previous calls and now offers a cumulated peak performance of more than 50 Petaflops.

PRACE Call 14 is the start of a new era under PRACE 2 with 5 hosting partners and 7 systems. The new hosting partner CSCS (Switzerland) already contributes with the Piz Daint system compute core hours to the PRACE Project Access Call for Proposals while BSC (Spain) will make available the fourth upgrade of their system MareNostrum. PRACE offers a wide variety of system architectures which provides to the user with a diversity of resources for their research projects e.g. from standard x86 and MPP architectures to many core hours and hybrid systems. 

Scientists and researchers can apply for access to PRACE resources and industrial users can apply if they have their head offices or substantial R&D activity in Europe.

The PRACE Access Committee, composed of leading European scientists and engineers, ranks the project proposals that will be awarded access to PRACE resources.

Opens external link in new windowDECI (Tier-1) Access: The Distributed European Computing Initiative (DECI) is designed for projects requiring access to resources not currently available in the PI’s own country but where those projects do not require resources on the very largest (Tier-0) European Supercomputers or very large allocations of CPU.
Opens external link in new windowThe 14th Call for Proposals for DECI-14 (Tier-1) is open from 14 October 2016, 12:00 CEST until 21 November 2016, 17:00 CEST.

Opens external link in new windowPRACE SHAPE Programme, the SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe is a pan-European, PRACE-based programme supporting HPC adoption by SMEs. The Programme aims to raise awareness and equip European SMEs with the expertise necessary to take advantage of the innovation possibilities opened up by High Performance Computing (HPC), thus increasing their competitiveness.
Opens external link in new windowThe Fourth Call for Applications to the SHAPE Programme was open from 22 June 2016 with a closing date of 9 September 2016.

(Announcement first posted on 30.10.2015)