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PRACE supports HPC for Health

PRACE supports excellent science in health and health-related research, such as bio-chemistry and similar fields. On 1 and 2 October 2014, Sanzio Bassini, Chair of the PRACE Council, presented the support of PRACE for HPC in Health Research.

Sanzio Bassini took the audience through the history of PRACE, underlining the exponential growth of HPC usage in science and industry in Europe. For example, under the 9th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access, 9 projects related to health are allocated over 200 million core hours out of a total of 1.2 thousand million core hours (16%). This indicates how large a share of European HPC resources is used by Life Sciences and related fields.

He also outlined the PRACE strategy for 2015 – 2020, named “PRACE 2.0”, which is based on four key-principles:

· Provide and infrastructure for science and industry

· Provide a high-quality service

· Attract, train and retain competences

· Lead the integration of a highly effective HPC ecosystem

Part of this strategy will be the creation and strengthening of links between PRACE and Centres of Excellence, FP7 Flagship Initiatives such as Graphene and the Human Brain Project, and international co-operation.

The minutes and presentations of the meeting can be found here

Available publications on PRACE-supported research in the field of Life Sciences

· PRACE Digest 1/2014Special Issue on the Tier-0 Multi-Year Projects and Distributed Computing Initiative – features several articles on life science-related topics, such as:

o Counterattack on the Flu Bug

o Super Brain Computing

o Stemming Across Europe

o Computing Brain Power

· PRACE Digest 2/2013Special edition on Industrial Use of PRACE Resources and Applications – featured an article on the project entitled Strategies for drug repositioning through molecular docking in the entire druggable PDB database led by Gabriele Costantino, of the University of Parma, Italy. Dompé, a leading Italian biopharmaceutical company collaborated in this project. The project was allocated 200.000 core hours on CURIE @ GENCI@CEA, France through the 8th cut-off of PRACE Preparatory Access.

· PRACE Digest 1/2013featured an article on research by a Spanish-German team into the properties of ligands (binding molecules) to prevent blood clotting.

· PRACE Digest 2012featured 4 articles related to life sciences, namely

o Understanding the brain with the aid of large-scale simulations

o High-performance biomolecular simulations to improve drug development

o Solving the secrets of influenza


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

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