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PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference 2015


The PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference 2015 (PRACEdays15) will be held in Dublin, at the Aviva Stadium, from 26 to 28 May 2015, under the motto:

Enable Science Foster Industry


Registration is now closed!

If you still want to attend, please contact pracedays[at]
As the date of the conference is near, we cannot guarantee any hotel rooms anymore.

The Call for Posters is now closed.

Deadline to submit your abstract was 1 March 2015, 12:00 (noon) CET

We hope that you will join us at PRACEdays15 in Dublin

Below is some information on Dublin, Ireland & PRACEdays15 to help you organise your trip:

Conference Programme

The conference will bring together experts from academia and industry who will present their advancements in HPC-supported science and engineering.

The programme includes:

  • Invited keynotes
  • Scientific presentations in plenary & parallel sessions
  • A poster session
  • Two satellite events: Women in HPC and Enabling Exascale in Europe for Industry
  • The User Forum (UF) meeting will also take place at PRACEdays15
  • The PRACE Award for Best Poster will be presented
  • A Welcome reception will take place in the Aviva on 26 May and a Conference dinner on 27 May
  • The EESI2 Final Conference will be held back-to-back with PRACEdays15

The outline of the conference schedule as it stands on 21 May 2015 can be found here and at the end of this page.

The PRACEdays15 Conference Programme can be found here and at the end of this page. You will receive a paper copy of this booklet in your conference bag at registration


Registration is now closed! If you still want to attend, please contact pracedays[at] As the date of the conference is near, we cannot guarantee any hotel rooms anymore.

The conference fee is €60 and includes access to the entire three day programme including the satellite event Enabling Exascale in Europe. The conference fee also includes a Conference Dinner at the Ballsbridge Hotel on 27 May and a Welcome Reception at the Aviva Stadium on 26 May.

  • If you want to register for the EESI2 final conference Thursday 28 May – Friday 29 May, this is possible at the EESI website (no fee)
  • Registration for the Women in HPC satellite event is separate from the conference registration. For more details on the course and to register please visit the PRACE training website here.

You can book your accommodation at the conference hotel through the registration site. Dublin also offers many other accommodation options, a selection of which are outlined in the accommodation section below.

For further information on registration and accommodation please contact:

Conference Partners: or Tel: + 353 1 2968688

Satellite Events

Women in HPC

A Hands-on Introduction to HPC – Monday 25 May to Tuesday 26 May.

In collaboration with the Women in HPC network, the PRACE Advanced Training Centres (PATC) and the UK National Supercomputing Facility, ARCHER, we will be running a 1.5 day ‘Hands on Introduction to HPC’ training session. This course provides a general introduction to High Performance Computing (HPC) using the UK national HPC service, ARCHER, as the platform for exercises.

Familiarity with desktop computers is presumed but no programming or HPC experience is required. Programmers can however gain extra benefit from the course as source code for all the practicals will be provided.
This event is open to everyone interested in using HPC, but all our training staff will be women and we hope that this provides an opportunity for women to network and build collaborations as well as learning new skills for a challenging and rewarding career in HPC.

Registration for the Women in HPC satellite event is separate from the conference registration. For more details on the course and to register please visit the PRACE training website here.

Enabling Exascale in Europe

Six European Exascale Projects – CRESTA, DEEP / DEEP-ER, EPiGRAM, EXA2CTNUMEXAS and MontBlanc – will be running a compelling conference programme titled “Enabling Exascale in Europe for Industry”. In six sessions the projects will demonstrate how their research efforts may benefit HPC usage in European industry. The speakers will share insights on their research efforts having in mind particularly user requirements and challenges to be overcome for future Exascale computing. They will reference concrete examples from various fields of industry, as for instance oil & gas, pharma or aerospace. Additionally, the event will include a keynote from a renowned external speaker, who will share first hand experience as a long-term HPC industrial user and share his exascale vision: Dr. Eric Chaput, Senior Manager Methods & Tools Flight Physics AIRBUS.

The event is especially directed at HPC users with a more industrial background enlightening them on what will be possible in HPC in the future. Naturally, everyone interested in Europe’s road to Exascale computing will benefit from this well thought-through programme and is more than welcome to join, learn and discuss with us!

Registration for the European Exascale Projects satellite event can be done via the official PRACEdays15 registration page and can be found here.

For more details on the agenda, the speakers and abstracts to their talks please visit

EESI2 Final Conference

The second European Exascale Software Initiative, EESI2, is organizing its final international conference on May 28 noon – May 29 noon, 2015 in Dublin, back-to-back with PRACEdays15 at the AVIVA Stadium. More information about the program can be found at the EESI website.

EESI2 is an EC-funded FP7 project. The main goals of EESI2 are to elaborate an evolutive European vision and roadmap and to propose recommendations to address the challenges of Extreme Data and Extreme Computing on the new generation of Exascale computers expected in 2020.

More than 120 experts have been involved during the last two years on this project and documents including recommendations have already been published.

The EESI2 project will present all its works, vision and recommendations to a large public in a final two days conference, on 28 – 29 May 2015 in Dublin. This major event is organized by SURFsara and funded by the European Commission. The public includes worldwide specialists, scientists, engineers, policy makers from different European member states and representatives of the European Commission.

The first day of the event will focus on the technical challenges and recommendations in the areas of “Tools and Programming Models”, “Ultra Scalable Algorithms” and “Data Centric Approaches”, each of them being underlined with the needs of specific user applications. Discussion on the technical aspects of the recommendations will be facilitated through a panel at the end of the day.

The second day will focus on the international HPC ecosystem, including co-design and education aspects, and the way forward beyond EESI2. The EC will present its strategy and plans in the HPC area as well. The day will end with a panel discussion on how organizing in future the eco-system, the collaborations at international level and between scientists and industrials. Important stakeholders and the EC are expected to contribute to the panel.

If you want to register for the EESI2 final conference Thursday 28 May – Friday 29 May, this is possible at the EESI website, no fee will be charged.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the EESI2 final conference, which we expect to be a very interesting conference during which we intend to contribute to the path forward for big data and Exascale computing in Europe!

Getting to Ireland

By Plane

Dublin is easily accessible from the UK, Continental Europe and the east and west coast of the USA. More than 36 scheduled airlines fly into Dublin Airport, which is located 12 km from the city centre. Dublin Airport serves 7 domestic, 29 UK, 36 Continental European and 9 international destinations. For more information please visit

Please see below a list of some of the frequent airlines that fly to Dublin. By clicking on them you will link to their sites.

Aer LingusAmericanEtihadLufthansaSAS
Air FranceBritish AirwaysEmiratesNorwegianTurkish Airlines

Access from Dublin Airport to Dublin City

Dublin is now served by 2 Terminals. There are a number of private and public bus services that operate from outside the airport arrivals areas to Trinity College and city centre hotels.  The Aircoach is a privately run bus service which operates between the airport and a number of city hotels and locations.

Airlink (bus 747), operated by Dublin Bus, will bring you directly from the airport to Busaras, the central bus station, located in the city, 15 minutes walking distance from Trinity College.

There are also a number of other public bus services operating between the airport and various destinations. A full list of services is  available on the Dublin airport website.

A Taxi rank is situated just outside the terminals and, depending on the time of day, the journey takes approximately 25 minutes to the city centre, and conference hotels.

By Ferry

It is also possible to get to Dublin by ferry via Holyhead, Liverpool and Isle of Man ports in Britain. Dublin has two ferry terminals – Dublin Port, located in the city centre, is serviced by bus, and Dun Laoghaire ferry terminal, south of the city, is easily reached by a 20 minute car or DART train journey

Car Rental

Irish Car Rentals are one of the largest independent Car Rental Companies in Ireland and operate a fleet of over 2,700 new vehicles. Their car rental desk is ideally located at Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport, Knock Airport, Kerry Airport and Cork Airport and we have several other car rental offices in Ireland in Dublin City Centre, Dublin North (Santry) and Limerick City Centre. The large international car rental companies operate in Dublin Airport which includes Hertz. A full list of rental companies available at Dublin airport is available here.

Conference Venue

PRACEdays15 will take place at the Aviva Stadium Conference Centre in Dublin, located in the heart of Dublin 4, only a short distance from the city centre.  The Aviva Stadium Conference Centre is a world class purpose-built international conference centre which has been chosen by PRACE as the conference venue.

Aviva Stadium, Dublin © Aviva Stadium

The Aviva Stadium Conference Centre is located in a beautiful leafy suburb of Dublin offering an eclectic selection of accommodation, restaurants and cafes and within close proximity of the city centre.

You can view a map and a guide to travelling to the stadium by foot and public transport on the Aviva Stadium website:

All conference hotels are within walking distance of the venue.


Dublin has a wide variety of accommodation to suit all budgets.

You can book the three conference hotels for a specially negotiated rate via the registration page. Please note that you must book via the registration page to avail of these rates.

The Ballsbridge Hotel

Ballsbridge Hotel

The Ballsbridge Hotel is within 8 minutes walking distance of the Conference Venue – the Aviva stadium. It is well serviced by public transport and the Aircoach shuttle from the airport stops right outside.

To get the preferential conference rate for your room, use the registration link!


Clyde Court HotelThe Clyde Court Hotel

The Clyde Court Hotel is also within 8 minutes walking distance of the Aviva stadium and is served by the Aercoach shuttle from the airport.

To get the preferential conference rate for your room, use the registration link!

The Pembroke House Hotel

The Pembroke Townhouse is a located in an excellent example of classic 18th century Georgian Dublin, located within 10 minutes walking distance of the Aviva stadium. It boasts 48 rooms, a cosy atmosphere and a personal touch. The Aercoach from Dublin airport is easily accessible.

To get the preferential conference rate for your room, use the registration link!

Other Alternatives

In addition, we can also recommend the following B&Bs. You can find contact and booking information on their on their website

Ariel House –

Waterloo Lodge –

Butlers Town House –


Visa Application/Documentation

Everyone entering Ireland must have a valid passport, or in the case of European Union Member States, a national identity card. Visas are required for some countries, for more information please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs by clicking on the following link:

Delegates should check with their local Irish representation. A valid driving licence is required to drive in Ireland.

Should you require a letter of invitation to support your visa application please contact:

Conference Partners: or Tel: + 353 1 2968688

General Information about Ireland


Dublin City Centre courtesy of Conference Partners

Dublin was founded by the Vikings in 841, it is Ireland’s capital city, steeped in history and buzzing with energy. Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a backdrop to a friendly cosmopolitan city. Dublin is a thriving centre for culture and is home to a great musical and literary tradition, its native sons include Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, Wilde and Beckett.

The city’s attractions include castles, museums, art galleries, pubs and cafes. Within half an hour of the city are mountain walks, stately homes and gardens, numerous golf courses, sandy beaches and fishing villages.


Ireland enjoys a temperate climate, with (until recently) mild winters and relatively cool summers. Mean daily temperature in May is 17 °C.  Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine and rain belts reaching the east coast are frequently light and generally clear within a few hours. However it is always wise when travelling to Ireland to pack rain gear or an umbrella.


Dublin has a busy city centre shopping area around Grafton Street and Henry Street. There is a huge range of products to bring home – from traditional Irish hand-made crafts to international designer labels. Things to buy: woollen knits, tweeds, crystal, Claddagh rings, pottery, silver and music. Shopping hours are from 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, with shops open until 8.00pm on Thursdays, and many shops open from 11.00am – 6.00pm on Sunday.


The Conference Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the conference. Delegates are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. Where a delegate has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply. It is recommended that citizens from EU countries bring with them a current EHIC card.

Tax Refunds

Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 23% on most goods. However, a 9% special rate is charged on tourism-related activities including restaurants, hotels, cinemas, hairdressing and newspapers. Cash back is the simplest and most widely used VAT refund service that issues cash refunds on departure for a handling fee. Ask for a cash back form when you make your purchase.


A small tip is appreciated for good service. Tipping is not usual in pubs and bars. Tip cabs 10% and hotel porters 60c per bag.


The currency in Ireland is the Euro.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards are widely accepted.

Smoking Policy

Under Irish law smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings


240 volts, plug type G

  • Most electrical items from the UK will work without any conversion necessary.
  • Most electrical items from continental Europe will work with a small, cheap adapter for your plug type to type G
  • Most electrical items from the USA will not work in Ireland. Check the voltage ratings which should be marked on the appliance. However, most laptops are dual voltage and will work with a plug adaptor.


From March to October, Ireland operates on GMT Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour.

Further Information

For further information on registration and accommodation please contact:

Conference Partners


For further information on the conference programme please contact:

PRACE aisbl


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