PRACE grants 721 million compute hours on Tier-0 systems to twenty-four European research projects and opens new call for Project Access

The PRACE Research Infrastructure featured, in the third PRACE regular call, a new system codenamed HERMIT that is installed at HLRS, Stuttgart provided by the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Germany. In addition to this, the Thin Node partition of CURIE made available by GENCI and operated at CEA, Bruyères-Le-Châtel, France was included, adding capability to the PRACE Research Infrastructure (RI). HERMIT is the third Tier-0 system in the PRACE RI after JUGENE (GCS) and CURIE (GENCI). The number of PRACE systems will continue to grow and provide more capacity and services to the European communities.

A total of 53 applications requesting 1.687 million compute core hours were received in this 3rd regular call, for one year resource allocations on the PRACE Research Infrastructure. The projects were chosen for their high level of scientific and technical maturity, expected impact, and demonstrated need for Tier-0 resources.

The projects are from the following scientific areas: astrophysics, chemistry and material science, medicine and life sciences, engineering and energy, fundamental physics and mathematics. All proposals underwent a peer review process governed by the PRACE Access Committee including PRACE technical assessment.

The following twenty-four projects, in alphabetical order, were awarded access to PRACE RI resources. More information on the projects and the corresponding awarded time is available at

  • Understanding baryon structure with QCD simulations with light, strange and charm dynamical quark flavours, Prof. Constantia Alexandrou, University of Cyprus
  • Pushing the Strong Interaction past its Breaking Point: QCD in the quark-gluon plasma phase., Dr Chris Allton, Swansea University
  • Physics of the Solar Chromosphere, Prof. Mats Carlsson, University of Oslo
  • Protein effects on the structural and optical properties of biological chromophores: Quantum Monte Carlo / Molecular Mechanics calculations on Rhodopsin and Light Harvesting Complexes, Prof. Leonardo Guidoni, Università degli Studi de L’Aquila
  • Validating QRPA microscopic calculations of radiative strengths for astrophysics, Dr Stéphane Hilaire, CEA DAM DIF
  • Modeling gravitational wave signals from black hole binaries, Prof Sascha Husa, Universitat de les Illes Balears
  • Singlet physics – the missing link to precision lattice QCD, Dr. Karl Jansen, NIC, DESY Zeuthen
  • Thermal Dilepton Rates and Electrical Conductivity in the Quark Gluon plasma, Dr. Olaf Kaczmarek, University of Bielefeld
  • Gyrokinetic Large Eddy Simulations, Prof. Bernard Knaepen, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Effects of irradiation on nanostructures from first principles simulations, Dr. Arkady Krasheninnikov, University of Helsinki
  • On the stability of ordinary matter and related issues, Dr Laurent Lellouch, CNRS (Institut de Physique) and Univ. Aix-Marseille II
  • Pulsation: Peta scale mULti-gridS ocean-ATmosphere coupled simulatIONs, Dr. Sebastien Masson, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie
  • Blood Dynamics in heart-sized coronary arteries, Dr Simone Melchionna, Sapienza, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
  • Branch point motion in star polymers and their mixtures with linear chains, Dr Angel Moreno, CSIC-UPV/EHU
  • Exploring unconventional order in a quantum spin liquid via large scale quantum Monte Carlo simulations, Prof. Alejandro Muramatsu, University of Stuttgart
  • Large-eddy simulations of stratified atmospheric turbulent flows with Meso-NH: application to safety in meteorology and environmental impact of aviation, Dr Roberto Paoli, CERFACS
  • Ligth quark mass dependence of two-hadron energies in Lattice QCD, Dr Assumpta Parreño, University of Barcelona
  • Structure and evolution of an active region on the Sun, Dr. Hardi Peter, Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
  • Multicenter cobalt-oxo cores for catalytic water oxidation, Dr Simone Piccinin, CNR-IOM
  • Structure of turbulence in supersonic boundary layers at high Reynolds number, Prof. Sergio Pirozzoli, Sapienza, University of Rome
  • First principles design of a biocatalyst for water oxidation, Prof. Carme Rovira, Parc Científic de Barcelona
  • Meteorites on the Computer, Mr Laurent Soulard, Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
  • Large scale blood flow simulations: bridging scales by smart coarse graining, Prof Federico Toschi, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Joint Weather and Climate High-Resolution Global Modelling: Future Weathers and their Risks, Prof. Pier Luigi Vidale, National Centre for Atmospheric Science

New call to be published on November 2nd 2011The PRACE Research Infrastructure will open the next of its bi-yearly calls for Project Access on November 2nd, 2011. The computing resources for this call are available from May 2012 to April 2013. The new call will feature additional Tier-0 systems with new computing architectures, with 970 million core hours available. In addition, the new call will have no eligibility restrictions on the nationality of the principal investigators except for the restrictions imposed by the PRACE HPC centers.

Please visit the web page on November 2nd, 2011 for complete details on the call.