PRACE opens Tier-1 for Tier-0 service

PRACE Preparatory Access is an established rolling Call for Proposals which supports researchers in Europe to port and adapt their applications to the PRACE Tier-0 infrastructure. The objective of PRACE Preparatory Access is to allow PRACE users to optimise, scale and test codes on PRACE systems, to prepare for Project Access. This new Preparatory Access (PA) Type D offers users to start the optimisation work on a PRACE Tier-1 national system to finally reach PRACE Tier-0 system scalability.

This service will bridge the gap between local university or site-specific computing resources and PRACE Tier-0 systems. The intermediate access to a Tier-1 national system, provided by PRACE partners, introduces a scaling level without having to face greater restrictions at the start of the optimisation work. It also helps to find the relevant bottlenecks which have to be solved to reach Tier-0 scalability.

In addition to computing time on a Tier-1 and finally a Tier-0 system, applicants will receive support by PRACE HPC experts of up to 6 person-months of effort. The expert will help to find relevant bottlenecks in the application and takes part in the optimisation work.

The maximum duration of Type D projects is 12 months. Applications for Preparatory Access (PA) Type D are evaluated and granted on a regular quarterly schedule together with the established PA Type C activity, with cut-offs for evaluations to be set in March, June, September and December.

The first cut-off for PA Type D will be 15th February 2017.

Further information can be found here: http://www.prace-ri.eu/PRACE-Preparatory-Access

About PRACE
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, CSCS representing Switzerland, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement RI-312763 and from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020) under grant agreements 653838 and 730913.

For more information contact Marjolein Oorsprong, Communications Officer
Telephone: +32 2 613 09 27
E-mail: communication[at]prace-ri.eu

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