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PRACE Preparatory Access completes 20th cut-off with strong participation of industry

PRACE Preparatory Access gives scientists and researchers a chance to develop, test and scale out their modelling programmes to be eligible for and successful on the highest class of supercomputers. Scalability of the code is a requirement for access to Tier-0 systems.

PRACE Preparatory Access is a continuous Call for Proposals with a cut-off date every 3 months. The procedure to receive an allocation via Preparatory Access is lighter than that of Project Access, as it only entails a technical assessment. Preparatory Access comes in 3 flavours:

· Type A for code scalability tests

· Type B for code development and optimisation

· Type C for code development and optimisation with the support of PRACE experts.

The 20th cut-off awarded in total 5.2 million core hours on 6 machines, 150.000 GPU hours on 1 machine, and 5000 MIC hours on 1 machine, to a total of 18 projects of which 5 are industry-led projects (ArcelorMittal, CybeleTech, Imec, Rolls-Royce Deutschland and Sanofi) and 1 has collaborators from industry (Intel and NAG).

The largest allocation for this cut-off went to Dr. Giuliano Malloci of the University of Cagliari, Italy for his project entitled “Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of antimicrobial compounds in explicit water”. He received a total of 250.000 core hours (100.000 core hours on FERMI @CINECA, Italy; 50.000 on Hornet @ GCS@HLRS, Germany; and 100.000 on JUQUEEN @ GCS@FZJ, Germany)

CybeleTech, an SME in the field of agriculture, leads one of the first accepted projects from the SHAPE Second Call to be awarded access under PRACE Preparatory Access. The full list of SHAPE projects awarded under the Second Call, which will be allocated core hours via consecutive Preparatory Access cut-off dates, can be found here: http://www.prace-ri.eu/shape-second-call-results/

The next cut-off dates for PRACE Preparatory Access are:

· The 21st cut-off will be on 1 June 2015 at 11:00 AM CEST

· The 22nd cut-off will be on 7 September 2015 at 11:00 AM CEST

· The 23rd cut-off will be on 1 December 2015 at 11:00 AM CET

For more information go here: http://www.prace-ri.eu/prace-preparatory-access/


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 and from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (2014-2020) under grant agreement 653838. For more information, see www.prace-ri.eu

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