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PRACE at ISC’14 with Awards and Winners!

PRACE branched out at ISC’14 with more activities and highlights than ever. PRACE was present at both the exhibition and the conference part of ISC’14 with the PRACE-ISC Award, sessions on HPC in Europe and HPC Communication, the PRACE booth with its popular Treasure Hunt, and more!

PRACE at ISC’14 Conference

At the Opening Session of ISC’14, on Monday 23 June 2014, the PRACE-ISC Award was announced for the paper entitled “Sustained Petascale Performance of Seismic Simulations with SeisSol on SuperMUC”. The authors presented their work later that same day showing an extreme scalability of the ADER code on the full configuration of SuperMUC at LRZ (Germany), one of the 6 Tier0 systems of PRACE. More information on this Award can be found here: http://www.prace-ri.eu/PRACE-ISC-Award2014

On Tuesday 24 June, Marjolein Oorsprong, PRACE Communications Officer participated in a Birds of a Feather session on High Performance Communication for High performance Computing, and presented an overview of PRACE communication and dissemination activities (http://www.hpc-hpc.org/).

On the same day, International Data Corporation (IDC) announced the seventh round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award. One of the winners was PRACE Member CINECA, Italy. Engineers from THESAN srl, an Italian SME active in the renewable energy sector, teamed up with the Italian supercomputing center CINECA to develop simulation driven engineering of hydroelectric turbines. The research was conducted in the framework of the PRACE SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe - http://www.prace-ri.eu/SHAPE-Pilot-Selection) initiative. The engineers and researchers built an HPC based workflow to optimize the design of a new class of hydroelectric turbines. Using open source tools like OpenFOAM and ParaView, Thesan could obtain relevant cost savings abandoning the production of physical prototypes, understand the flaws of earlier design setups, and critically shorten the time-to-market. Lead: Giovanni Erbacci, Claudio Arlandini, Raffaele Ponzini, Roberto Vadori. More information can be found in PRACE White Paper 188 by R. Vadori, B. Puddu, R. Ponzini, C. Arlandini, Design improvement of a rotary turbine supply chamber through CFD analysis (www.prace-ri.eu/white-papers)

Sergi Girona, Chair of the PRACE Board of Directors, chaired an invited session on HPC in Europe on Wednesday 25 June. This session included presentations by Arndt Bode of LRZ, Germany; Jesús Labarta of BSC, Spain; Paul Arts of Eurotech; and Stéphane Requena of GENCI, France.

Wednesday evening was cause for celebration for PRACE Member EPCC, with their team from the University of Edinburgh breaking the Linpack record during the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition (http://www.hpcwire.com/off-the-wire/boston-limited-helps-epcc-break-linpack-record)

PRACE at ISC’14 Exhibition

The PRACE booth attracted more than 230 visitors with various activities. International press visited PRACE on Monday evening, just before the official opening of the ISC’14 Exhibition during which PRACE invited visitors to a cocktail and informal networking.

The PRACE Booth Team was present to inform on the results, activities and plans of the PRACE.

Like last year PRACE organised a Treasure Hunt with a total of 122 participants. This year’s winners were Pawel Dziekonski of WCSS, Poland and Pablo Reble of RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Each Treasure Hunt draw was accompanied by a mini-presentation giving a quick overview of two of PRACE’s activities: PRACE Industrial Access and SHAPE (http://www.prace-ri.eu/Industry-Accessand http://www.prace-ri.eu/SHAPE-Pilot-Selection), and the PRACE training offer and portal (http://www.training.prace-ri.eu/)


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-283493 and RI-312763. For more information, see www.prace-ri.eu

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