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PRACE: 8th Call for Proposals for Project Access is now open. Deadline October 15.


The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The mission of PRACE is to enable high impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE seeks to realize this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process.

Scientists and researchers from around the world can apply for access to PRACE resources. Industrial users can apply if they have their head offices or substantial R&D activity in Europe. The PRACE Access Committee, composed of leading European scientists and engineers, ranks the project proposals that will be awarded access to PRACE resources.

The 8th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access is now open. This call targets large-scale, computationally intensive projects that would not be possible or productive without access to PRACE resources. Proposals requesting resources on a single system or on more than one system are allowed.

The six PRACE systems that are available for Tier-0 access are "Curie", Bull Bullx cluster (GENCI, CEA, France), “Fermi”, IBM Blue Gene/Q (CINECA, Italy), “Hermit”, Cray XE6 (GCS, HLRS, Germany), “JUQUEEN”, IBM Blue Gene/Q (GCS, Jülich, Germany), “MareNostrum”, IBM System X iDataplex (BSC, Spain) and “SuperMUC”, IBM System X iDataplex (GCS, LRZ, Germany).

Proposals for Project Access must demonstrate scientific excellence and include elements of novelty and transformative aspects. They must have a recognised scientific impact, validated in a coherent dissemination plan. Possible practical and timely applications are therefore desirable. The proposal should demonstrate the potential of achieving results which will be published in high impact scientific peer-reviewed journals.

Applications for Project Access must use codes that have been previously tested and that demonstrate high scalability and optimisation to multi-core architectures or that demonstrate a requirement for ensemble simulations that need a very large amount of CPU overall.

Time schedule for this call:
3 September 2013: Call opens
15 October 2013: Call closes
17 February 2014: Allocation decisions
4 March 2014: Tier-0 access (for 1 year)

Proposals for code testing and optimisation are outside of the scope of this call. A separate call for Preparatory Access is continuously open.

The 9th Call for Proposals for Project Access will open in February.

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Sep 04, 2013 08:46

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