Since its establishment in 2010, PRACE has worked steadily to become the main European stakeholder in High Performance Computing; an effort now rewarded with a favourable mention of its achievements in the Conclusions of the Council of the European Union of 29 and 30 May 2013.
The Conclusions of the 3242nd Competitiveness Council published on 30 May (http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/intm/137344.pdf) recognise the achievements of PRACE in pooling leadership-class computing systems and making them available to all researchers in the EU and associated countries, on the basis of, and in order to enhance, scientific excellence and innovation and the need to maintain this approach.
“PRACE is proud of the recognition it has received from the Competitiveness Council for the hard work of the PRACE Association and the PRACE Implementation Phase (IP) Projects, and fully intends to go above and beyond what has been achieved until now,” says Catherine Rivière, Chair of the PRACE Council.
With more than 5 billion core hours awarded to more than 200 projects since 2010, including a record-breaking allocation of 144 million core hours on the Hermit supercomputer to the UPSCALE project, PRACE is becoming the single most important European stakeholder in HPC in Europe. Moreover, the request for core hours on PRACE systems increases with each Call for Proposals and largely exceeds what PRACE can offer. This clearly indicates that the scientific community sees the added value of PRACE resources and, more specifically, acknowledges the need for those resources to achieve their goals.
“The projects that are awarded time on one or more of PRACE’s 6 HPC resources are selected for their scientific excellence through a rigorous but fair peer-review process,” adds Rivière. “PRACE helps these projects to achieve their goals not only by giving them access to the best computers Europe has to offer, but also by putting at their service teams of computational and technical experts to support the scaling and optimisation of the scientific applications that run on these systems.”
The PRACE 2.0 Strategy that is being prepared at this moment for launch in 2015 will further expand the support to excellent science, by training and retaining the next generation computational scientist and by leading the integration of an highly effective HPC ecosystem.
“The Competitiveness Council has highlighted that Europe has the technology, knowledge and human skills to develop capabilities covering the whole technological spectrum of the next generation of HPC, known as exascale, and PRACE is determined to be instrumental in doing just that,” concludes Rivière.
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 agreements RI-261557, RI-283493 and RI-312763. For more information, see www.prace-ri.eu