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2014 Annual HPCwire Readers Choice Awards: PRACE and partners awarded!

Each year the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards are determined by HPCwire’s readers across the HPC community, to recognize the most outstanding individuals and organizations in the industry.

This year, PRACE and partners were awarded these prestigious and highly anticipated awards in three categories:

Readers’ Choice - Best use of HPC in automotive

Biggest car optimization study by Renault SAS on PRACE resources.

The project entitled FMOC - Fast Multi-physics Optimization of a Car led by Mr. Marc Pariente of Renault SAS, France, received an allocation to date: 42 million core hours on CURIE @ GENCI@CEA, France under the 6th PRACE Call for Proposal for Project Access. This allocation is the largest to date to an industrial user of PRACE resources. Mr. Pariente presented his project in a poster at PRACEdays14 in Barcelona: www.prace-ri.eu/pracedays14-posters/

Renault also collaborated as an industrial partner in the project entitled SolitonCycLES: Exploring Soliton Cycles exhibiting abnormal combustion in a downsized spark-ignition engine using LES led by Dr. Christian Angelberger of IFP Energies Nouvelles, France, which received 15.360.000 core-hours on CURIE FN @ GENCI@CEA, France under the 6th PRACE Call for Proposal for Project Access.

Readers’ Choice - Best HPC Collaboration Between Government & Industry

PRACE SHAPE helps European SMEs overcome barriers to using HPC

The SHAPE Pilot Call allowed 10 SMEs to use PRACE resources and expertise to develop their solutions, providing them with knowledge that will allow them to make an informed decision on the selected HPC solutions and plan future actions. A second call for applications opened on 10 November 2014: www.prace-ri.eu/shape/

Readers’ Choice – Top Supercomputing Achievement

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics for using CURIE to simulate the entire known Universe from its birth to present day

The award for SHAPE was presented at the PRACE booth to Sanzio Bassini, Chair of the PRACE Council and Sergi Girona, Chair of the PRACE Board of Directors, live during SC’14 in New Orleans, LA. Stéphane Requena of GENCI, France and Member of the PRACE Board of Directors, received the award on behalf of Renault. He also represented CURIE, the top-level HPC resource hosted by GENCI @ CEA, France.

These Awards clearly show that PRACE is becoming a factor of importance on the international HPC level, not only for science, but also for industry including SMEs,” said Sanzio Bassini, Chair of the PRACE Council. “We are proud to have been awarded these prestigious honours: they will fuel our persistence to improve our services to all HPC users,” added Sergi Girona, Chair of the PRACE Board of Directors.

The official announcement of all winners can be found here www.hpcwire.com/2014-hpcwire-readers-choice-awards/

About PRACE

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (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 provided by 4 PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement RI-312763. For more information, see www.prace-ri.eu

About SHAPE

SHAPE, 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. Read more: www.prace-ri.eu/shape

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