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Information on previous PRACE Calls for Proposals

For an overview of the projects awarded under the Calls below as well as under PRACE Preparatory Access, go here

15th Call for Proposals for Project Access

The PRACE 15th Call for Proposals for Project Access was open until 30 May 2017, 10:00 CEST. The Terms of Reference can be found here. The Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here. The Project Scope and Plan template can be found here.

PRACE systems that were available in this Call:

System Architecture Site (Country) Core Hours
(node hours)
Minimum request
Curie Bull Bullx cluster GENCI@CEA (FR) 128 million
(5.5 million)
15 million
core hours
Curie successor BULL Sequana (starting service in Q2 2018) GENCI@CEA (FR) 36 million
(0.5 million)
15 million
core hours
Hazel Hen Cray XC40 System GCS@HLRS (DE) 57 million
(2.4 million)
20 million
core hours
Marconi-Broadwell Lenovo System CINECA (IT) 36 million
(1 million)
15 million core hours
Marconi-KNL Lenovo System CINECA (IT) 442 million
(6.5 million)
30 million core hours
MareNostrum Lenovo System BSC (ES) 475 million
(10 million)
15 million core hours
Piz Daint Cray XC50 System CSCS (CH) 510 million
(7.5 million)
68 million core hours
Use of GPUs
SuperMUC IBM System X iDataplex/ Lenovo NextScale GCS@LRZ (DE) 44 million
(2.4 million)
15 million core hours

 

14th Call for Proposals for Project Access

The PRACE 14th Call for Proposals for Project Access was open until 21 November 2016, 10:00 CET. The Terms of Reference can be found here. The Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here. PRACE systems that were available in this Call:

System Architecture Site (Country) Core Hours Node Hours
Curie Bull Bullx cluster GENCI@CEA (FR) 113 million 7 million
Hazel Hen Cray XC40 System GCS@HLRS (DE) 57 million 2.4 million
Juqueen IBM BlueGene/Q system GCS@JSC (DE) 350 million 4.6 million
Marconi Lenovo System CINECA (IT) 630 million (KNL)

35 million (Broadwell)

9.2 million

1 million

MareNostrum IBM System X iDataplex BSC (ES) 316 million 7 million
Piz Daint Cray XC30 System CSCS (CH) 476 million 7 million
SuperMUC IBM System X iDataplex/ Lenovo NextScale GCS@LRZ (DE) 30 million (SuperMUC 1)

14 million (SuperMUC 2)

1.9 million

0.5 million

13th Call for Proposals for Project Access

The 13th Call for Proposals for Project Access (Tier-0) was open from 7 March 2016, 13:30 CET until 1 April 2016, 17:00 CEST.

Important dates:

  • Opening date: 7 March 2016, 13:30 CET
  • Closing date: 1 April 2016, 17:00 CET
  • Administrative check: 4 to 8 April 2016
  • Technical check: 11 to 22 April 2016
  • Scientific check: 25 April to 24 May 2016
  • Applicants’ reply to reviews: 25 May to 1 June 2016
  • Allocation decisions: Last 2 weeks of July 2016
  • Allocation start date of awarded proposals: 1 September 2016
  • Allocation end date of award: 31 August 2017

Types of access:

  • Project Access
  • Multi-Year Project Access

PRACE HPC systems available:

  • “Marconi”: Lenovo System (CINECA, Italy)
  • “MareNostrum”: IBM System X iDataplex (BSC, Spain)

The 13th Call Terms of Reference can be found here
The 13th CallTechnical Guidelines can be found here

12th Call for Proposals for Project Access

The 12th Call for proposals for PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) was open from 30 September 2015, 13:30 CET, until 12 November 2015, 12.00 (noon) CET.

Proposals could be based on a 12-months schedule, or, for Multi-year Projects, on a 24- or 36-months schedule. The allocation of awarded resources was made for 1 year at a time with provisional allocations awarded for the 2nd and 3rd year.

Additionally, the 12th Call:

  • Reserves 0.5% of the total resources available for the 11th Call for Centres of Excellence (CoE) as selected by the EC under the E-INFRA-5-2015 call for proposals. CoE don’t need to apply to this PRACE call – if funded by the EC, CoE requesting access to PRACE resources will be awarded PRACE resources from this reserve.

The PRACE Access Committee, composed of leading European scientists and engineers, ranks the project proposals that will be awarded access to PRACE resources.

PRACE is currently in a transition phase to a new funding and governance model. Unfortunately this necessitates a temporary reduction in the number of Tier-0 resources available for Call 12.

Therefore the 12th Call will offer resources on only:

  • FERMI, an IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer operated by CINECA, Italy
  • MareNostrum, an IBM System x iDataPlex supercomputer operated by BSC, Spain

Both systems are suitable for to a wide variety of codes and awarded projects will receive dedicated technical support at the hosting sites.

The 12th Call Terms of Reference can be found here
The 12th Call  Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here

11th Call for Proposals for Project Access

The 11th Call for proposals for PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) was open from 9 February 2015, 13:30 CET, until 18 March 2015, 12.00 (noon) CET.

Proposals could be based on a 12-months schedule, or, for Multi-year Projects, on a 24- or 36-months schedule. The allocation of awarded resources was made for 1 year at a time with provisional allocations awarded for the 2nd and 3rd year.

Additionally, the 11th Call:

  • Offered the opportunity to launch a pilot call for joint data storage services and resources. This call was a pilot and its future continuation shall be subject to evaluation. This pilot case was proposed jointly with PRACE associated members and partners willing to provide storage and associated data services under the PRACE umbrella including EUDAT, EU-T0, BSC, CaSToRC, EPCC/EPSRC, and SURFsara.
  • Reserved 0.5% of the total resources available for the 11th Call for Centres of Excellence (CoE) as selected by the EC under the E-INFRA-5-2015 call for proposals. CoE did not need to apply to this PRACE call – if funded by the EC, CoE requesting access to PRACE resources were awarded PRACE resources from this reserve.

With PRACE 1.0 evolving into PRACE 2.0, a balanced contribution of the PRACE Hosting Members was sought. This transition phase has led to a reduced offer of resources.
Therefore the 11th Call will offered resources on only:

  • Fermi, an IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer operated by CINECA, Italy
  • MareNostrum, an IBM System x iDataPlex supercomputer operated by BSC, Spain

Both systems are suitable for to a wide variety of codes and awarded projects received dedicated technical support at the hosting sites.

The 11th Call Terms of Reference can be found here

The 11th Call Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here

Call for Proposals for 10th PRACE Project Access

The 10th Call for proposals for PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) was open from 10 September 2014, 12:00 (noon) CEST, until 22 October 2014, 12.00 (noon) CEST.

Five Tier-0 machines were available:

  • “Curie”, Bull Bullx cluster (GENCI@CEA, France)
  • “Fermi”, IBM Blue Gene/Q (CINECA, Italy)
  • “Hornet” – Cray XC40 (GCS@HLRS, Germany)
  • “MareNostrum”,IBM System X iDataplex (BSC, Spain)
  • “SuperMUC”,IBM System X iDataplex (GCS@LRZ, Germany)

The 10th Call Terms of Reference can be found here
The 10th Call Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here

Call for Proposals for 9th PRACE Project Access

The 9th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access was open from 12 February 2014 until 25 March, 12.00 (noon) CET.

Six Tier-0 machines were available:

  • IBM Blue Gene/Q “JUQUEEN” (GCS@Jülich, Germany)
  • Bull Bullx cluster “CURIE” (GENCI@CEA, France)
  • Cray XE6 “HERMIT” (GCS@HLRS, Germany)
  • IBM System X iDataplex “SuperMUC” (GCS@LRZ, Germany)
  • IBM System X iDataplex “MareNostrum” (BSC, Spain)
  • IBM Blue Gene/Q “FERMI” (CINECA, Italy)

The 9th Call Terms of Reference can be found here
The 9th Call Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here

Call for proposals for 8th PRACE Project Access

The 8th PRACE Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access was open from 3 September 2013 until 15 October 2013, noon, 12:00 CET.

Six Tier-0 machines were available:

  • “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)
  • “SuperMUC”, IBM System X iDataplex (GCS@LRZ, Germany)

The 8th Call Terms of Reference can be found here.
The 8th Call Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here.

Call for proposals for 7th PRACE Project Access

The 7th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals was open from 13 February 2013 until 26 March 2013, noon, 12:00 CET.

Six Tier-0 machines were available:

  • IBM Blue Gene/Q “JUQUEEN” (GCS@Jülich, Germany)
  • Bull Bullx cluster “CURIE” (GENCI@CEA, France)
  • Cray XE6 “HERMIT” (GCS@HLRS, Germany)
  • IBM System X iDataplex “SuperMUC” (GCS@LRZ, Germany)
  • IBM System X iDataplex “MareNostrum” (BSC, Spain)
  • IBM Blue Gene/Q “FERMI” (CINECA, Italy)

The 7th Call Terms of Reference can be found here.

The 7th Call Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here.

Call for proposals for 6th PRACE Project Access

This call was open from 18 September 2012 until 14 November 2012, noon, 12.00 CET.

Six Tier-0 machines were available:

  • IBM Blue Gene/Q “JUQUEEN” (GCS@Jülich, Germany)
  • Bull Bullx cluster “CURIE” (GENCI@CEA, France)
  • Cray XE6 “HERMIT” (GCS@HLRS, Germany)
  • IBM System X iDataplex “SuperMUC” (GCS@LRZ, Germany)
  • IBM System X iDataplex “MareNostrum” (BSC, Spain)
  • IBM Blue Gene/Q “FERMI” (CINECA, Italy)

The 6th Call Terms of Reference can be found here

The 6th Call Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here

Call for proposals for 5th PRACE Project Access and Multi-year Access (Tier-0) and synchronized DECI-9 Call (Tier-1)

This Call was open from 17 April 2012 until 30 May 2012, at 12:00 CEST

Six Tier-0 machines were available:

  • IBM Blue Gene/Q “JUQUEEN” (GCS@Jülich, Germany)
  • Bull Bullx cluster “CURIE” (GENCI@CEA, France)
  • Cray XE6 “HERMIT” (GCS@HLRS, Germany)
  • “SuperMUC” (GCS@LRZ, Germany)
  • “MareNostrum” (BSC, Spain)
  • “FERMI” (CINECA, Italy)

The Tier-1 HPC systems are IBM Blue Gene/Q and Blue Gene/P, Cray XT and XE, IBM Power 6, range of large clusters including GPU resources, available from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom. For the Press Release go here

The joint Call for Proposals can be found here.

For the Press Release go here or here

PRACE Project Access – 4th call for proposals for Tier-0 and synchronized Call for Tier-1.

This Call was open from 2 November 2011 until 10 January 2012, at 16:00 CET

Six Tier-0 machines were available

  • IBM Blue Gene/P “JUGENE” (GCS@Jülich, Germany)
  • Bull Bullx cluster “CURIE” (GENCI@CEA, France)
  • Cray XE6 “HERMIT” (GCS@HLRS, Germany)
  • SuperMUC (GCS@LRZ, Germany)
  • MareNostrum (BSC, Spain)
  • FERMI (CINECA, Italy)

1136 million core hours on 5 Tier-0 machines were made available by PRACE hosting members. PRACE received 78 applications requesting 1.927 million core hours. The peer review process for the project applications allocated 1134 million core hours to 43 proposals. For the Press Release go here or here

The Call for Proposals can be found here

The Tier-1 HPC systems were available from: Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom.

PRACE Project Access – 3rd Call for Proposals for Tier-0 and Synchronized Pilot Call for Tier-1

This Call was open from 2 May 2011 until 22 June 2011, at 16:00 CEST For the Press Release go here

Three Tier-0 machines were available

  • IBM Blue Gene/P “JUGENE” (GCS@Jülich, Germany)
  • Bull BULL Bullx cluster “CURIE” (GENCI@CEA, France)
  • Cray XE6 “HERMIT” (GCS@HLRS, Germany)

A total of 53 applications requesting 1.687 million compute core hours were received. PRACE granted 721 million compute hours on Tier-0 systems to 24 European research projects. For the Press Release go here

The Call for Proposals can be found here

The Tier-1 HPC systems were available from: Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and UK.

35 projects, selected from 54 proposals, shared 91 million processor core hours awarded by this DECI (Distributed European Computing Initiative) call. For the Press Relea
se, go here

PRACE Project Access – 2nd Call for Proposals

This call was open from 1 November 2010 until 11 January 2011, at 16:00 CET

A total of 46 proposals were received and 17 proposals requesting 400 million core hours were granted access. For the Press Release go here

Two systems were available for this call

  • the 1 PF, 294 912 core, 147 TB IBM BlueGene/P “JUGENE” hosted by the Gauss-Centre in Jülich, Germany
  • the 92 160.core 360 TB “CURIE” system funded by GENCI and hosted by CEA, Paris, France

The Call for Proposals can be found here.

PRACE Project Access – 1st Call for Proposals

This Call was open from 15 June 2010 until 15 August 2010

A total of 59 proposals were received of which 33 proposals from investigators in 12 countries requesting a total of 1373 million core hours passed technical assessment. 22 proposals requesting 808 million core hours were considered fundable in the peer review and 9 proposals requesting 362 million core hours were granted access. For the Press Release go here

PRACE Early Access Call

This Call was open from 10 May 2010 until 10 June 2010

A total of 68 proposals were received of which 39 proposals from investigators in 13 European countries passed the technical assessment. Ten proposals were granted a 332 million core hours. 31 proposals requesting a total of 1092 million core hours were deemed fundable in the peer review. For the Press Release go here

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