PRACE Preparatory Access gives scientists and researchers a chance to develop, test and scale out their modelling programmes to be eligible for and successful on the highest class of supercomputers. Scalability of the code is a requirement for access to Tier-0 systems.
- Industry Access
97% of industrial companies that employ HPC consider it indispensable for their ability to innovate, compete, and survive and it is said today that “To out-compute is to out-compete”.
Like similar programs running in the USA or Japan, the PRACE Open Research Model now allows European companies access to world-class HPC resources and services in order to increase their competitiveness by reducing the time-to-market, improving reliability and safety of their products, and developing innovative industrial processes.
In this business model [Open R&D] industrial users may only use the facilities and services provided by the infrastructure for basic research and development purposes. The condition associated with this free access is for the industrial user to publish all results obtained at the end of the grant period.
All projects coming from academia and industry are peer-reviewed by an external panel of recognized scientists using the same single criterion: scientific excellence. If the project is elected, companies awarded will get access to PRACE resources free of charge during a one-year allocation period. For more information on the open PRACE Calls for Proposals, go here: Call Announcements.
The particular conditions that apply to companies are:
- The company needs to have its head office and/or substantial R&D activity in Europe.
- The employment contract of the project leader with the research organisation must last at least 3 months after the end of the allocation period.
- Commercial companies may apply on their own or in collaboration with academia.
- Commercial companies applying on their own will be limited to a maximum of 5% of the total computing resources of a single PRACE system, subject to limitations imposed by national state-aid regulations;
Projects must demonstrate scientific excellence, focus on topics of major relevance for European research, include elements of novelty, transformative aspects, and have a recognised scientific impact.
PRACE’s Open R&D HPC Access won first prize in the e-Infrastructure FP7 Project Success Story Competition in the category for Competitive industries .
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Toward Better Failure Prediction for Crash Simulations using HPC (Announcements Industry Access SHAPE Pilot Call Press Releases & Announcements)
PSA Peugeot Citroën collaborated with Altair, Ecole Polytechnique Laboratoire de Mécanique des Solides (LMS) and PRACE to perform a study of automotive crash rupture simulations, investigating ways to improve material failure criteria and better predict cracks.
PRACE SHAPE and OPTIMA Pharma: for cleaner clean rooms (Industrial stories Industry Access SHAPE SHAPE Pilot Highlights Success stories)
OPTIMA pharma GmbH, the pharma division of OPTIMA packaging group GmbH, produces and develops filling and packaging machines for pharmaceutical products – sterile and non-sterile liquids – and pharmaceutical freeze drying systems as well as isolator (clean room) and containment technology. Their project supported by SHAPE simulated the airflow in clean rooms to make them even cleaner.
Juan Yacht Design teams up with PRACE SHAPE to make faster sailboats. (Industry Access SHAPE SHAPE Pilot Highlights Success stories)
Juan Yacht Design, a Spanish SME specialised in the design of cruising yachts and racing boats especially for America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, received an allocation via the PRACE SME HPC Adoption Programme for Europe (SHAPE) as part of the 15th cut-off of PRACE Preparatory Access.