- PRACE supports Industry
97% of industrial companies that employ HPC consider it indispensable for their ability to innovate, compete, and survive and it is said today that “To out-compute is to out-compete”.
Like similar programs running in the USA or Japan, the PRACE Open Research Model now allows European companies access to world-class HPC resources and services in order to increase their competitiveness by reducing the time-to-market, improving reliability and safety of their products, and developing innovative industrial processes.
In this business model [Open R&D] industrial users may only use the facilities and services provided by the infrastructure for basic research and development purposes. The condition associated with this free access is for the industrial user to publish all results obtained at the end of the grant period.
All projects coming from academia and industry are peer-reviewed by an external panel of recognized scientists using the same single criterion: scientific excellence. If the project is elected, companies awarded will get access to PRACE resources free of charge during a one-year allocation period. For more information on the open PRACE Calls for Proposals, go here: Call Announcements.
The particular conditions that apply to companies are:
- The company needs to have its head office and/or substantial R&D activity in Europe.
- The employment contract of the project leader with the research organisation must last at least 3 months after the end of the allocation period.
- Commercial companies may apply on their own or in collaboration with academia.
- Commercial companies applying on their own will be limited to a maximum of 5% of the total computing resources of a single PRACE system, subject to limitations imposed by national state-aid regulations;
Projects must demonstrate scientific excellence, focus on topics of major relevance for European research, include elements of novelty, transformative aspects, and have a recognised scientific impact.
PRACE’s Open R&D HPC Access won first prize in the e-Infrastructure FP7 Project Success Story Competition in the category for Competitive industries .
Find our press release here.
Access to HPC resources and services can help firms increase their competitiveness by reducing time-to-market, improving product reliability and safety, and developing innovative industrial processes, services and products. PRACE offers European companies free of charge exploratory access to its HPC infrastructure, training courses, and academic experts to help companies evaluate the business benefits of HPC.
As recommended by its Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC), PRACE will include in its 19th Call for Proposals for Project Access a pilot to increase the industrial uptake of Tier-0 HPC. The Call will allocate up to 10% of the offered resources to industrial projects, which will be evaluated separately from and before academic submissions to the same Call.
For more details see the press release.
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