PRACE 19th Call for Proposals continues to support ground-breaking research in both academia and industry

The 19th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access received 57 eligible proposals, of which 47 were awarded a total of 1.95 billion core hours. This brings the total number of Project Access proposals awarded to 734 since 2010. Taking into account the two multi-year projects from the 15th and 17th Calls that were renewed, and the 12.6 million core hours reserved for Centres of Excellence, the total amount of computing time awarded by PRACE to date totals nearly 23 billion core hours.

The 47 awarded proposals are led by principal investigators from 14 different countries, including from Israel for the first time. Several of these proposals also involve collaborators from Australia, China, and the USA. In addition to resources, four awarded proposals will receive additional support from High-Level Support Teams (HLSTs).

Among the newly awarded proposals, six scientific domains are represented: 8 proposals are linked to the fields of Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, 10 to Chemical Sciences and Materials, 2 to Earth System Sciences, 12 to Engineering, 10 to Fundamental Constituents of Matter, and 5 to Universe Sciences.

The 19th Call for Proposals included an entirely new system and a new partition on an existing system: three proposals were allocated a total of 145 million core hours on HAWK@GCS@HLRS, Germany, while eight proposals were allocated a total of 236.4 million core hours on Joliot Curie-AMD@GENCI@CEA, France. The 19th Call included a pilot to allow applicants to access resources from the Fenix Research Infrastructure, funded by the European ICEI project. wakehydroLES (Characterization of the Wake of an Axial-flow Hydrokinetic Turbine via LES) led Dr. Ricardo Broglia from CNR-INM (Rome, Italy) was granted access to 100 TB of archival data repositories by CEA, France. This pilot will become a stand-alone PRACE Call, scheduled to open in late 2019 or early 2020. The 19th Call also awarded two proposals from industry a total of 35.4 million core hours through the “Industry Access Track” pilot which earmarked 10% of the total resources for proposals with principal investigators from industry.

Two awarded proposals with clear societal impact will harness the power of HPC to fight diseases that overwhelmingly affect developing countries. AntiDENV – In Silico Design of Anti-idiotypic Antibodies as Broad-spectrum Vaccines of Dengue and Zika led by Dr. Walter Rocchia of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Genoa, Italy) was awarded 19.7 million core hours on Marconi-Broadwell@CINECA, Italy. This work will employ an evolutionary algorithm to produce immuno-agents with the capability of being employed as broad-spectrum vaccines for the Zika and Dengue viruses. Antarex for Zika led by Dr. Carmine Talarico of Italian bio-pharmaceutical company Dompé was awarded 50 million core hours on Marconi-KNL@CINECA, Italy. The goal of this work will be to screen the impact of 12 billion molecules from Dompé’s Tangible Chemical Space database on Zika virus proteins to identify and evaluate new potentially active molecules.

Overall, the 19th PRACE Call for Proposals awarded resources to principal investigators whose work is funded by the following: ERC Advanced Grant (2), ERC Starting Grant (5), ERC Consolidator Grant (4), and Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship (9). In addition, resources were also awarded to Principal Investigators involved in H2020 (9), and the EUROfusion (2) and Human Brain (1) projects.

All information and the abstracts of the projects awarded under the 19th PRACE Call for Proposals can be found here: www.prace-ri.eu/19th-call-for-proposals-for-project-access/

The 19th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) was open from 5 March 2019 until 30 April 2019. Selected proposals will receive allocations to PRACE resources from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020. The 20th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) is open from 20 September 2019 to 29 October 2019, 10:00 CET, see here: www.prace-ri.eu/prace-project-access/

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The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are provided by 5 PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, ETH Zurich/CSCS representing Switzerland, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020) under grant agreement 823767.
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