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PRACE Spring School: Researchers from all over the world come to school in Austria

A total of 55 international researchers, scientists and students participated in the PRACE Spring School at the Castle of Hagenberg, Austria. The aim was to bring together users and developers of research and industry and to learn about efficient software development for high performance computing (HPC) research infrastructures.

High performance computing plays an important role in different industrial areas. Especially in research and development, computational intensive applications are needed for simulations and visualisations. To create the right preconditions for such extensive applications, parallel computing and powerful computer architectures are required”, Professor Wolfgang Schreiner of the RISC (Research Institute for Symbolic Computation) explains. He is the main national coordinator in Austria of the European-wide initiative PRACE.

International Software Competence in Hagenberg

Participants from the EU and the world – e.g. from Brazil and China – attended the lectures of the international speakers of RISC Software GmbH, Maxeler Technologies, Catalysts GmbH, CSC (Finland), Universities of Malaga (Spain) and Virginia (USA) and the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre from Munich (Germany). The participants got deep insights into solving multi-physical problems with the Elmer open source software on large-scale HPC resources. Moreover, the multi-various application possibilities of HPC in Europe were discussed.

Even the fastest computer in the world will not come to a conclusion, if the applied software doesn’t use the scale of the machine. If you can use 100.000 or even more processors, it’s best to use them all simultaneously. We showed the participants of the PRACE Spring School what to take in account in their software to use large-scale computers efficiently”, says Alexander Leutgeb, speaker at the PRACE Spring School 2014 and employee of RISC Software GmbH in Hagenberg.

Solving Problems in Research and Industry with Supercomputers

Key issues of science and society can only be met by bundling all available solution methods. Software solutions are an increasingly important part to solve these problems. For example, in the further exploration of the factors and interactions related to climate change; for innovations in materials with the help of nanotechnologies; in the development of energy-efficient cars and airplanes; and in the field of life sciences. For these tasks, computing power and storage are required, which only can be provided by distributed, massively parallel computer architectures ("High Performance Computing”).

About the Organizers

The PRACE Spring School 2014 took place on 15 – 17 April 2014 at the Castle of Hagenberg in Austria. The PRACE Seasonal School was hosted and organised jointly by RISC (Research Institute for Symbolic Computation, Johannes Kepler University Linz) the national representative of Austria in the Europe-wide Project PRACE, IT4Innovations / VSB-Technical University of Ostrava (Czech Republic) and 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 agreements RI-283493 and RI-312763. For more information, see www.prace-ri.eu

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