PRACE Project Access

Information on the Calls for Proposals for PRACE Project Access.

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PRACE 18th Call for Proposals for Project Access

    • Opening date: 04 September 2018
    • Closing date: 30 October 2018, 10:00 CET
    • Applicants’ reply to scientific reviews: January 2019
    • Submission of a progress/final report for continuation projects: 7 December 2018, 10:00 Brussels Time
    • Communication of allocation decision: End of March 2019
    • Allocation period for awarded proposals: 02 April 2019 – 01 April 2020
    • Type of Access: Project Access and Multi-Year Project Access

Pilot Phase from the European ICEI project (Fenix Research Infrastructure)
This call includes the opportunity to benefit from resources by the European ICEI project, contributed as a Pilot Phase.

System Architecture Site (Country) Core Hours (node hours) Minimum request
Joliot Curie – SKL BULL Sequana X1000 GENCI@CEA (FR) 142 million (3 million) 15 million core hours
Joliot Curie – KNL BULL Sequana X1000 GENCI@CEA (FR) 101 million (1.5 million) 15 million core hours
JUWELS BULL Sequana X1000 GCS@JSC (DE) 70 million (1.5 million) 35 million core hours
Marconi-Broadwell Lenovo System CINECA (IT) 36 million (1 million) 15 million core hours
Marconi-KNL Lenovo System CINECA (IT) 610 million (9 million) 30 million core hours
MareNostrum Lenovo System BSC (ES) 240 million (5 million) 30 million core hours
Piz Daint Cray XC50 System ETH Zurich / CSCS (CH) 510 million (7.5 million) 68 million core hours
Use of GPUs
SuperMUC-NG* Lenovo ThinkSystem GCS@LRZ (DE) 125 million
(2.2 million)
35 million core hours

*Please note, that SuperMUC-NG will not start operating until Q1/2019. For Call 18, scaling data on a Skylake based system (e.g. Joliot-Curie) will be accepted for the technical evaluation.

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association (aisbl) with its seat in Brussels. The mission of PRACE is to enable high impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE seeks to achieve this mission by offering world class high performance computing (HPC), computing and data management resources and services for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe through a peer review process. The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020) under grant agreement 730913.

The computer systems (called Tier-0 systems) and their operations that are accessible through PRACE are provided for this 18th call by 5 PRACE hosting members: BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, ETH Zurich / CSCS representing Switzerland, GCS representing Germany, and GENCI representing France.

Scientists and researchers can apply for access to PRACE resources. Industrial users can apply if they have their head offices or substantial R&D activity in Europe. Access is devoted solely for open R&D research purposes.

The Call is open to:
Project Access: Proposals can be based on a 12-months schedule (Single-year Projects), or, on a 24- or 36-months schedule (Multi-year Projects). The allocation of awarded resources is made 1 year at a time with provisional allocations awarded for the 2nd and 3rd year.

Additionally, the Call:

  • reserves 0.5% of the total resources available for this call for Centres of Excellence (CoE) as selected by the European Commission under the E-INFRA-5-2015 call for proposals.
  • includes a Pilot Phase from the European ICEI project (Fenix Research Infrastructure)

The PRACE Access Committee, composed of leading international scientists and engineers, ranks the proposals received and produces a recommendation to award PRACE resources based on scientific and technical excellence.

The Terms of Reference can be found here
The Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here
The form for the Project Scope and Plan can be found here

PRACE Project Access Call 19
Provisional Planning

  • Call 19
    • Opening of the call: 5 March 2019
    • Closing of the call: 30 April 2019, 10:00 Brussels time
    • Allocation period: From 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020

Applications for Project Access must use codes that have been previously tested and that demonstrate high scalability and optimisation to multi-core architectures or that demonstrate a requirement for ensemble simulations that need a very large amount of CPU/GPU overall.

More information can be found here:

For development and scaling of HPC codes, PRACE offers Preparatory Access here

Please note: The dates in these schedules are a pre-announcement and may need to be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances. The schedules published on these pages supersede all previously released schedules for PRACE Calls for Proposals.

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