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PRACE Regular Call 5: records galore!

PRACE awarded time on 6 Tier-0 high-performance computers to 57 research projects, some of which have been allocated record-amounts of core hours.

The 5th PRACE Regular Call for Proposal, which opened on 17 April 2012 and closed on 30 May 2012, received 80 applications for time on one or more of the 6 PRACE systems offered. A record number of 57 of those applications withstood the in-depth scrutiny of the peer review process and were awarded the core hours needed to perform their research.

Great science needs great power. And PRACE makes sure it gets just that. Each of the PRACE systems has its own record-breaking project allocation:

Heavy ion phenomenology form lattice simulationsby Szabolcs Borsanyi of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany) received 91.791.360 core hours on Juqueen @ GCS@FZJ, Germany

SHAKEIT – Physics-based evaluation of seismic shaking in Northern Italyby Andrea Morelli of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Italy) received 53.4 million core hours on SuperMUC @ GCS@LRZ, Germany.

ENSING – Euler and Navier-Stokes SINGularitiesby Sergio Pirozzoli of the Sapienza, University of Rome (Italy) received 50 million core hours on Fermi @ CINECA, Italy.

HiResClim: High Resolutions Climate Modellingby Colin Jones of the Swedish Metereological and hydrological Institute (SMHI, Sweden) received 38 million core hours on MareNostrum @ BSC, Spain.

Large scale molecular dynamics simulations of nucleationby Jürg Diemand of the University of Zürich (Switzerland) received 35.3 million core hours on Hermit @ GCS@HLRS, Germany.

Electrophysiology – Atomistic modellingby Mounir Tarek of CNRS – Université de Lorraine (France) received 28 million core hours on Curie @ GENCI@CEA, France.

These allocations certainly raise the expectations for the results to be achieved in the months to come. Stay tuned…!

Abstracts and additional information on all 57 projects is published on the PRACE website:


The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure (RI) provides a persistent world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry. The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreements n° RI-283493 and n° RI-312763.

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