• About PRACE

  • PRACE Research Infrastructure
    – the top level of the European HPC ecosystem –
    PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe was established in 2010 to create a persistent pan-European Research Infrastructure (RI) of world-class supercomputers. This infrastructure is currently made up of six leading edge machines, hosted by five member countries, (France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Italy) and accessible through an open peer-review process, complemented by national resources operated and accessible via High Performance Computing (HPC) centres throughout Europe. This partnership powers excellent science and engineering in academia and industry, addressing society’s grand challenges. Open to all disciplines of research, and industry for open R&D, the PRACE infrastructure is a vital catalyst in fostering European competitiveness. To keep pace with the dynamic needs of a variety of scientific communities and numerous technical changes and developments, PRACE hosting members’ systems are continuously updated and upgraded to make most advanced HPC technologies accessible to European scientists and industry. PRACE is a Belgian international not for profit organisation (aisbl) with its seat in Brussels.
    The PRACE research infrastructure includes supercomputers in all major architectural classes. This PRACE peer-review process is overseen by the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) composed of leading European researchers who advise on scientific and technical matters. Industrial users, with head offices or substantial R&D activity located in Europe, are eligible to apply and undergo the same review. The PRACE Access Committee ranks awarded projects and guides resource allocation. An Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC), composed of representatives from multinational and small enterprises from eleven industrial sectors, assists PRACE on maximising HPC usage to foster European competitiveness and economic growth.

    PRACE receives user feedback via the PRACE User Forum, an independent forum where users discuss and share their experience.

  • Featured ImagePRACE Call 14 now open – More Systems, More Power, More Hours (About PRACE Announcements News PRACE Call Announcements Press Releases Project Access Calls)

    PRACE Call 14 now open – More Systems, More Power, More Hours

    PRACE Call 14 is open under the new framework of the PRACE 2 programme. PRACE welcomes CSCS (Switzerland) as the 5th PRACE hosting partner making available their system Piz Daint, and the new MareNostrum4 system provided by BSC (Spain). These two Tier-0 systems contribute compute core hours to Call 14 as well as the ones provided by France (GENCI), Germany (GCS) and Italy (CINECA). In total PRACE can offer more than 2000 million compute core hours which is 3 times more than in previous calls and now offers a cumulated peak performance of more than 50 Petaflops.

  • Statistics (About PRACE)

    The Council of PRACE has unanimously approved the publication of various PRACE user statistics. The tables and graphs below represent the awarded projects per country, and the awarded hours per country. PRACE will update these statistics periodically, adding information on each successive Call for Proposals as it becomes available.

    Last update: May 2013

  • PRACEdays16: Wednesday 11 May 2016 (About PRACE Conferences and meetings Events PRACEdays16)

    PRACEdays16: The second conference day was opened by a welcome speech from Sanzio Bassini and the local host Vít Vondrák and followed with keynote speeches from the European Commission, Academia and Industry. The afternoon was covered by 6 Parallel Sessions. The PRACE User Forum Open Session closed the second day. Please have a look on the pictures.


    The following set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), approved by the PRACE Council in 2014, allow for a deeper analysis and evaluation of PRACE’s achievements and successes.

  • Featured ImageResearch Survey Women in HPC (About PRACE Announcements Women in HPC- PRACE Partnership)

    Athina Frantzana, a PhD student in EPCC (Edinburgh Parallel Computer Centre) at the University of Edinburgh, UK and member of the WHPC (Women in High Performance Computing) network is currently working on understanding the obstacles facing women in the HPC community and how to improve equality. The main objective of the research is to quantify […]

  • Featured Image4th ENES Workshop on High Performance Computing for Climate and Weather (About PRACE HPC Related Events)

    The ESiWACE “Centre of Excellence in Simulation of Weather and Climate in Europe”, and the IS-ENES2 “Infrastructure for the European Network of Earth System Modelling Phase 2” projects are jointly organizing the 4th ENES Workshop on High Performance Computing for Climate and Weather that will take place in  Toulouse (France) on April 6th and 7th, 2016.

  • Collaborations (About PRACE)

    PRACE Collaborations At European and international level PRACE strives to establish an HPC ecosystem. Part of this work is to establish networks and co-operations with other scientific, research, industrial and HPC-related projects, programmes and organisations. Below are the current collaborations that PRACE is engaged in. PRACE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with: GÉANT  – […]