PRACE First Implementation Phase (PRACE-1IP) project

Twenty PRACE members collaborate in the First Implementation Phase (PRACE-1IP) project that complements the national investments to accelerate the deployment of the PRACE service to users from academia and industry.

- Project facts

Start date: 01/07/2010
Duration: 24 months
Budget: 28.7 €M
EC contribution: 20 €M
Grant agreement number: RI-261557

- PRACE-1IP Public Deliverables

- Objectives

The PRACE-1IP project expedites the implementation of the PRACE services to enable European researchers to exploit the unprecedented resources of PRACE and to produce breakthrough results through large-scale simulations of natural phenomena and technical systems and analysis of the large datasets gathered in many disciplines.. Experts from the PRACE-1IP project support users in porting, petascaling, and optimising their applications. An extensive education and training program familiarises current and future users with new methods, novel languages, and modern programming paradigms and a diversity of system architectures. The distributed systems will be managed consistently and integrated seamlessly into the European High-Performance Computing (HPC) ecosystem. The project will advise PRACE on next generation production systems. It explores advanced technologies through prototypes to stay abreast with hardware and software developments towards future exascale systems.

- Action plan

PRACE-1IP is organised in nine interrelated Work Packages that produce the project results in parallel. Actions visible to the users of PRACE include: organising scientific conferences; establishing a training portal and preparing advanced training centres, presence at international conferences and exhibitions; creating an HPC user forum in Europe; organizing two industrial seminars; deployment of additional Tier-0 systems; planning for an ecosystem including Tier-1 systems, periodic call for proposals; petascaling of applications and creation of a petascaling guide; organising two infrastructure workshops and evaluating prototypes for future HPC technologies.

Networking activities

  • The project assists PRACE in enhancing the business and funding models and give guidance to the Director
  • Web presence and presentation of results at international events will be intensified
  • PRACE is running regular HPC training classes in seasonal schools and focused topical workshops. Training material is available on this web site
  • The HPC ecosystem relations include collaborations with the scientific communities, topical and national HPC centers to propose a model for cross-national access to Tier-1 resources
  • Dedicated focus is on the requirements of and solutions for industrial HPC users

Service activities

  • Building on the experience and know-how assembled in the preparatory phase, experts from the project partners will support users to port applications to the PRACE production systems. They work with the code owners to scale and optimise the applications to utilise the hundredth of thousands of processors. The associated techniques for efficient use of Tier-0 systems are taught in the PRACE training events and published on the PRACE web site as best practice documents.
  • The operation of the distributed infrastructure ensures a consistent management of the diversity of systems suitable for different applications, single administration and technical support for users, and a seamless technical integration into the European HPC ecosystem.The well-established relationship with vendors are being maintained in support of co-development, procurement and commissioning of HPC services by PRACE.

Joint Research activities

  • To stay at the forefront of HPC and prepare for future generations of multi-Petaflop/s systems and software therefore, PRACE founded STRATOS, a Strategic Technologies.initiative.
  • STRATOS advices PRACE and will collaborate with PRACE-1IP on hardware and software technology assessment, prototypes and energy efficient solutions.
  • Partnerships with industry and research organizations contribute to fostering European HPC developments.

The project is managed by Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ).

- Collaboration with other EC funded projects

EGI Inspire
HPC Europa2

- Project Partners

  • FZJ – Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany, Coordinator)
  • GCS – Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) e.V. (Germany)
  • GENCI – Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif (France)
  • EPSRC – The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (United Kingdom)
  • BSC – Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (Spain)
  • CSC-Tieteellinen Laskenta OY (Finland)
  • ETHZ – Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zuerich (Switzerland)
  • NCF – Stichting Nationale Computerfaciliteiten (The Netherlands)
  • JKU – Johannes Kepler Universitaet Linz (Austria)
  • SNIC – Vetenskapsradet (Sweden)
  • CINECA Consorzio Interuniversitario (Italy)
  • PSNC – Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Pan WPoznaniu (Poland)
  • SIGMA – UNINETT AS (Norway)
  • GRNET – Greek Research and Technology Network S.A. (Greece)
  • UC-LCA – Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)
  • NUI Galway – National University of Ireland,Galway (Ireland)
  • UYBHM – Istanbul Technical University,Ayazaga Campus (Turkey)
  • CaSToRC – The Cyprus Institute (Cyprus)
  • NCSA – National Centre for Supercomputing Applications (Bulgaria)
  • VSC-TUO – VSB – Technical University of Ostrava (Czech Republic)
  • IPB – Institute of Physics Belgrade (Serbia)