First regular PRACE HPC Access Grants for Research Projects
Since August 1, 2010 the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is offering supercomputing resources on the highest level (Tier-0) to European researchers. Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), as one of the three members of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), is dedicating a 35% share of its Blue Gene/P system JUGENE. This is the first Petascale High Performance Computing system available to researchers through PRACE.
Shortly after finishing the “PRACE Early Access Call” reported about in the last issue of inSiDE, proposals for the first regular research projects on JUGENE were solicited in the first Project Access Call, released by PRACE on June 15, with the deadline August 15, 2010. Project Access is intended for individual researchers and research groups, including multinational research groups, and has a one year duration. 59 applications with a volume of about
2,300 Million compute core hours were submitted. After strict technical and scientific evaluation and prioritization, nine research projects have been awarded about 360 Million compute core hours. Two of those research projects are from Germany, two from Spain, and one each from France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK. Four research projects are from the field of Engineering and Energy, three from Fundamental Physics and one each from Chemistry and Materials and from Medicine and Life Sciences.
More details can be found via the PRACE web pages www.prace-ri.eu/PRACE-1st-Regular-Call
Calls for Proposals for Project Access are issued twice yearly (May and November). The next PRACE call will open on May 2, 2011 with a deadline of June 30, 2011.
• Walter Nadler
Jülich Supercomputing Centre