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PRACE 6th Implementation Phase Project

Project description

Assisting the transition to PRACE 2

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is the permanent pan-European high-performance computing (HPC) service offering world-class computing and data management resources and services. PRACE is concluding the transition to PRACE 2. The EU-funded PRACE-6IP project will build on and continue the achievements of PRACE, initiating new innovative and collaborative activities to assist the development of PRACE 2, strengthen the internationally recognised PRACE brand, maintain and expand advanced training, and prepare strategies and best practices towards exascale computing. The project will work on future software solutions, coordinate and increase the operation of the multi-tier HPC systems and services, and support users to take advantage of parallel systems and innovative architectures.


PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing is the permanent pan-European High Performance Computing service providing world-class systems for world-class science. Systems at the highest performance level (Tier-0) are deployed by Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, providing researchers with more than 17 billion core hours of compute time. HPC experts from 25 member states enabled users from academia and industry to ascertain leadership and remain competitive in the Global Race. Currently PRACE is finalizing the transition to PRACE 2, the successor of the initial five year period. The objectives of PRACE-6IP are to build on and seamlessly continue the successes of PRACE and start new innovative and collaborative activities proposed by the consortium. These include: assisting the development of PRACE 2; strengthening the internationally recognised PRACE brand; continuing and extend advanced training which so far provided more than 36 400 person·training days; preparing strategies and best practices towards Exascale computing, work on forward-looking SW solutions; coordinating and enhancing the operation of the multi-tier HPC systems and services; and supporting users to exploit massively parallel systems and novel architectures. A high level Service Catalogue is provided. The proven project structure will be used to achieve each of the objectives in 7 dedicated work packages. The activities are designed to increase Europe's research and innovation potential especially through: seamless and efficient Tier-0 services and a pan-European HPC ecosystem including national capabilities; promoting take-up by industry and new communities and special offers to SMEs; assistance to PRACE 2 development; proposing strategies for deployment of leadership systems; collaborating with the ETP4HPC, CoEs and other European and international organisations on future architectures, training, application support and policies. This will be monitored through a set of KPIs.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 508 519,00
52428 Julich

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Düren
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 976 711,00

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