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02.10.2017

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. Please read the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the respective Calls carefully, to find out if you are eligible to apply for PRACE resources. Here is the quote from the ToR of the 15th (April 2017) and 16th (September 2017) Calls for Proposals for Project Access: "applicants based in countries not contributing to the PRACE 2 Programme (see Opens external link in new windowPRACE Members) are invited to collaborate with Principal Investigators based in countries contributing to the PRACE 2 Programme; even though this is not yet an eligibility criterion, applicants raise their chance to be awarded teaming up this way."

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 16th Call for Proposals for Project Access is open from 26 September 2017 until 21 November 2017, 10:00 CET.

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. However, "applicants based in countries not contributing to the PRACE 2 Programme (see Opens external link in new windowPRACE Members) are invited to collaborate with Principal Investigators based in countries contributing to the PRACE 2 Programme; even though this is not yet an eligibility criterion, applicants raise their chance to be awarded teaming up this way."

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 Sixth Call for Applications to the SHAPE Programme is open from 2 October 2017 with a closing date of 1 December 2017.

(Announcement first posted on 30.10.2015)