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RIST and PRACE Conclude MoU on Information Exchange Concerning Promotion of Shared Use of Supercomputers

On 30 October 2014, the Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) (President: Masahiro Seki) and the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) (Managing Director: Sergi Girona) sign the memorandum of understanding (hereinafter called MOU) on information exchange concerning promotion of shared use of supercomputers. This helps for RIST and PRACE to perform their projects on promotion of shared use of supercomputers more effectively and efficiently.

RIST*1 is performing promotion of shared use of supercomputer K*2 and the other HPCI computer systems*3 in Japan, and PRACE*4 is performing promotion of shared use of top level (Tier-0) supercomputers of the six sites in Europe.

As it is extremely beneficial for both parties to exchange information in the area of promotion of shared use of supercomputers, MOU with following contents is concluded;  

  1. Exchange of information; Mutual exchange of experiences and knowledge in user selection and user supports etc. is helpful for both parties in order to execute their projects more effectively and efficiently.
  2. Holding technical meetings; Technical meetings are appropriately held to perform information exchange more effectively.

On 30 October 2014, Sergi Girona, Managing Director of PRACE, visits the RIST Kobe Center for signing MOU and the first information exchange meeting between both parties is held there. He also joins the First Project Report Meeting of the HPCI System including K computer, hosted by RIST, to be held in Tokyo on 31 October 2014. He gives a special talk on present status of the use of supercomputers and future prospects in Europe.

*1 Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) is a non-profit public-service organization in Japan. RIST has raised many achievements in the sophistication of information science and technology in the fields of nuclear power and global environment etc., the development of technology for using large-scale computers, and the provision of code and database in the nuclear field, thereby contributing to the development in these areas. From April 2012, the Kobe Center of RIST is implementing promotion of shared use of revolutionary High Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI) with flagship Kcomputer.

*2 Super computer of Advanced Institute for Computational Science in RIKEN, an independent administrative institution in Japan. The K computer is the Specific Advanced Large Research Facilities defined by the law, “Act on the Promotion of Public Utilization of the Specific Advanced Large Research Facilities”.

*3 HPCI (High Performance Computing Infrastructure)
Infrastructure (in total 13 Petaflops) consisting of flagship K computer and other major supercomputers installed in universities and research institutes in Japan via high speed networks to realize an innovative shared computing environment to meet a variety of user needs, set up by MEXT (Ministry of Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). Operation has been started from September 2012.

*4 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-261557, RI-283493 and RI-312763. For more information, see

In the European Union the following HPC ecosystem is in place:

PRACE provides the highest hierarchical level of Tier-0, composed of six sites. It provided >15 Petaflops at 6 sites in 2013. Development is underway with the goal to reach 19 Petaflops in 2014. PRACE 2.0 will start from 2015, aiming to provide computing resources of over 50 Petaflops by 2020.

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