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Within the Human Brain Project (HBP) Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) awarded under topic FETFLAG 1 - 2014 of the Call FET Flagships, the selected consortium will be invited to submit a proposal for a Specific Grant Agreement (SGA) that will define and deliver the e-infrastructure providing the interactive computing capacity that the HBP Flagship needs in the context of its large brain simulation activities, as indicated in the HBP FPA[[This action allows for the provision of financial support to third parties in line with the conditions set out in the part K of the General Annex]].

The proposal will support the Action Plan of the FPA by making available a computing and memory system with an expected peak performance of 50 PetaFlop/s and 20 PetaByte of memory footprint as required for HBP simulations and for an indicative period of five years. The components of the targeted system addressing interactive visualization and steering of large-scale brain simulations and their scalable integration are expected to comply with the capabilities and features defined during the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) of technology readiness demonstration that was launched in the ramp-up phase of the HBP Flagship.

The specifications of the targeted system should also take into account progress in technology and the needs from other scientific communities having similar requirements for data integration (e.g. climate change, geophysics, earth systems, agriculture/meteorology, energy, medicine, etc.) or for close visual monitoring and steering of simulations (e.g. large-scale numerical flow, turbulence, car crash, complete aircraft, evacuation and mass event security, etc.).

The proposal should detail the acquisition process from elicitation of system requirements to system validation and acceptance. It should also explain how potential system suppliers will be consulted, how capacity will be made available to users as well as the financial plan to cover the total cost of ownership.

The proposal should also describe the coordination with the other HBP computing and data storage facilities and the transition from the ramp-up phase main simulations system.

In order to fulfil the HBP mission a programmatic access to 25% of this e-infrastructure capacity must be reserved for the HBP research activities. In addition the related resource allocation model should be explained and include a peer-review process.

The proposal should explain how the novel features and capabilities of this infrastructure will also be made available to the Pan-European High Performance Computing (HPC) Tier-0 infrastructure and services (see EINFRA-11-2016), by guaranteeing at least another 15% of this new capacity to European researchers at large.

This action will contribute to the targeted impacts defined in the action plan of the HBP FPA. It will also contribute to diversify the available leading-class HPC capabilities in the Tier-0 Pan-European HPC infrastructure, and to the adoption and use in Europe of the most advanced HPC technology.

This action is related with the objective to address e-Infrastructure pilots responding to community specific challenges, bringing a user-driven e-infrastructure innovation perspective.

Awarding of specific grants in a FPA will follow the rules and procedures established in the Financial Regulation

6-years Human Brain Project Framework Partnership Agreement with identified beneficiary and specific grants awarded to identified beneficiary for Research and Innovation Action under the Framework Partnership Agreement.

The standard evaluation criteria, thresholds, weighting for award criteria and the maximum rate of co-financing for this type of action are provided in parts D and H of the General Annexes.

The standard evaluation criteria, thresholds, weighting for award criteria and the maximum rate of co-financing for this type of action are provided in parts D and H of the General Annexes.

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