PRACE Fourth Implementation Phase (PRACE-4IP) project

PRACE aisbl and its Members collaborate in PRACE-4IP, the Fourth PRACE Implementation Phase project co-ordinated by Forschungzentrum Jülich (JUELICH) on behalf of PRACE aisbl. PRACE-4IP is designed to build on and seamlessly continue the successes of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and start new innovative and collaborative activities. These include: assisting the transition to PRACE 2; strengthening the internationally recognised PRACE brand; preparing strategies and best practices towards exascale computing, coordinating and enhancing the operation of the multi-tier HPC systems and services, and supporting and educating users to exploit massively parallel systems and novel architectures.

- Project facts

Start date: 01/02/2015
Duration: 27 months
Budget: 16.46 €M
EC contribution: 15 €M
Grant agreement number: 653838

- PRACE-4IP Public Deliverables

- Objectives

  • Ensure long-term sustainability of the infrastructure. The project will assist the PRACE Research Infrastructure (PRACE RI) in managing the transition from the business model used in the Initial Period (2010-2015), where it demonstrated the case for a European HPC research infrastructure relying on the strong engagement of four hosting partners (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France) who funded and deployed the petaflop/s systems used by PRACE RI.
  • Promote Europe’s leadership in HPC applications. Scientific and engineering modelling and simulation require capabilities of supercomputers. The project will enable application codes for PRACE leadership platforms and prepare for future systems, notably those with architectural innovation embodied in accelerators or co-processors, by investigating new programming tools and developing suitable benchmarks.
  • Increase European human resources skilled in HPC and HPC applications. The project will contribute by organizing highly visible events, enhancing the state of the art training provided by the PRACE Advanced Training Centres (PATCs), targeting both the academic and industrial domains. On-line training will be improved and a pilot will assess a Massively open online Course (MooC).
  • Support a balanced eco-system of HPC resources for Europe’s researchers. The project will contribute to this objective through tasks addressing: a) the improvement of PRACE operations; b) the prototyping of new services including “urgent computing”, the visualization of extreme size computational data, and the provision of repositories for open source scientific libraries. Links will be established with other e-infrastructures and the Centres of Excellence which will be created in Horizon 2020. The existing international collaborations will be extended.
  • Evaluate new technologies and support Europe’s path for using ExaFlop/s resources. The project will extend its market watch and evaluation based on user requirements, study best practices for energy-efficiency and lower environmental impact throughout the life cycle of large HPC infrastructures and define best practices for prototype planning and evaluation. This will contribute to solve a wide range of technological, architectural and programming challenges for the exaflop/s area.
  • Disseminate effectively the PRACE results. This targets engaging European scientists and engineers in the wider utilisation of high end HPC. The project will continue to organise well known events like PRACEdays, Summer of HPC and the International HPC Summer School in order to promote and support innovative scientific approaches in modelling, simulation and data-analysis. With the extended presence at conferences (e.g. SC, ISC or ICT) the project is seeking wider support of the general public for HPC, in particular by illustrating success stories.

- Concept and Approach

The work of PRACE-4IP is structured into seven Work Packages to effectively achieve its objectives and address the requirements of PRACE and the European HPC ecosystem:

  • WP1: Management of the Contract
  • WP2: Organisational Concept of the RI
  • WP3: Communication and Dissemination
  • WP4: Training
  • WP5: HPC Commissioning and Prototyping
  • WP6: Operational Services for the HPC Eco-System
  • WP7: Application Enabling and Support

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- Collaboration with e-Infrastructures and EC funded projects

  • GÉANT – the pan-European data network for the research and education community
  • EGI – European Grid Infrastructure
  • HBP– Human Brain Project
  • IGE– Initiative for Globus in Europe
  • eIRG – e-Infrastructure Reflection Group
  • XSEDE – The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (US)
  • RIKEN, Japan
  • Compute Canada | Calcul Canada

- Project Partners

  • JUELICH- Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany, Coordinator)
  • GCS – Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) e.V. (Germany)
  • GENCI – Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif (France)
  • EPCC – The University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
  • BSC – Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (Spain)
  • CSC – Tieteen Tietotekniikan Keskus OY (Finland)
  • ETHZ – Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zuerich (Switzerland)
  • SURFSARA BV –Dutch national high-performance computing and e-Science support center, part of the SURF cooperative (Netherlands)
  • JKU – Johannes Kepler Universitaet Linz (Austria)
  • SNIC – Uppsala Universitet (Sweden)
  • CINECA Consorzio Interuniversitario (Italy)
  • PSNC – Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Pan WPoznaniu (Poland)
  • SIGMA2 – Uninett Sigma2 AS (Norway)
  • GRNET – Greek Research and Technology Network S.A. (Greece)
  • UC-LCA –Universidade de Coimbra, Labotatório de Computação Avançada (Portugal)
  • NUI Galway – National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
  • UYBHM – Istanbul Technical University, Ayazaga Campus (Turkey)
  • CaSToRC – Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (Cyprus)
  • NCSA – National Centre for Supercomputing Applications (Bulgaria)
  • IT4I-VSB – IT4Innovations National supercomputing centre at VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava (Czech Republic)
  • NIIF – Nemzeti Információs Infrastruktúra Fejlesztési Intézet (Hungary)
  • UCPH – Københavns Universitet (Denmark)
  • IUCC – Inter University Computation Center (Israel)
  • PRACE – Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe AISBL (Belgium)
  • ULFME – University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Slovenia)
  • CCSAS – Computing Centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia)