PRACE-6IP is the sixth in a series of the pan-European supercomputing infrastructure Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) implementation phase projects. It is funded as part of the European Union’s H2020 framework programme and started on 1 May 2019. The PRACE-6IP project continues and extends the scope of the PRACE-5IP project, based on the long-running programme’s core principles:
- Provision of Tier-0 service based on excellence and innovation.
Regular PRACE access calls continue and constitute the bulk of the audited allocation of resources. A rigorous and proven peer-review model that meets or exceeds the standards of comparable processes in participating countries, and indeed globally, will be further enhanced. Other paths to explore are elastic/cloud services, linking with European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), and providing PRACE services to large-scale instruments (e.g. ESRF, CERN and SKA/AENEAS). PRACE-6IP will also consider how to accommodate for both existing and new Tier-0 resources (a class of leading HPC resources in Europe) in the EuroHPC framework.
- Support a functional European HPC Ecosystem.
The primary service provision at Tier-0 level is dependent on a well-functioning Tier-1 service at national level. This is exemplified in the domain of training where PRACE extended its Training Centres to ten PRACE Training Centres (PTCs). This will not only provide a service to the wider community but will also raise the profile of PRACE and prompt Tier-1 users to look beyond their borders in due course.
- Provide and develop tailored training and skills development programmes.
PRACE-6IP will strengthen training offers that the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking—a consortium of European research organisations collaborating on developing European technology solutions for exascale computing and beyond—can rely on.
- Develop an inclusive governance model and a flexible business model.
PRACE-6IP will continue to provide support and to oversee and monitor the evolution and effect of the refined and enhanced governance and business models. An expert team in business analysis and organisational support for the PRACE RI will provide support for organisational issues.
- Coordination with European Technology Platform for HPC (ETP4HPC) and Centres of Excellence in HPC.
PRACE’s complementary working relationship with ETP4HPC is exemplified by its commonly executed Horizon 2020 project EXDCI-2. In the context of the Centres of Excellence (CoEs), PRACE-6IP will further develop coordination with the CoEs, ultimately hoping to make excellent HPC activities in Europe less fragmented.
- Support Tier-0 users and communities with novel software solutions.
PRACE-6IP is heavily focused on the preparation for exascale computing by developing forward-looking software solutions for exploiting massively parallel systems.
- Support the strategic development of a rich HPC environment.
PRACE-6IP aims to support the strategic development of a rich HPC environment by delivering relevant information and guidance to the EuroHPC implementation process and to the national HPC strategies in Europe. The project will deliver a comprehensive view of the world-wide HPC technology and market competition by gathering information from major systems and technology vendors.
- Support new user needs, new user communities, and new applications.
The extended and enhanced SHAPE programme and the Preparatory Access work are targeting new user communities, with the SHAPE programme specifically promoting industrial usage of HPC services.
- International HPC cooperation policy.
The objective is to develop an international HPC cooperation policy, which will contribute to the development of an advanced research computing ecosystem at large, both inside and outside Europe. It will include activities such as joint training events, possibly joint calls for computational resources and joint service/software development projects to address interoperability between infrastructures and identify common services.