SHAPE Second Call Awards 11 Innovative Projects

 shape_logo.pngAfter the success of the SHAPE Pilot Call in 2014, the PRACE Council decided to make SHAPE a permanent service of the PRACE Research Infrastructure. A second call for applications was launched on 10 November 2014 and closed on 15 January 2015. A Selection Committee consisting of representatives of the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC), the PRACE Board of Directors (BoD) and the PRACE IP Project reviewed all applications and awarded 11 innovative projects submitted by European SMEs access to PRACE Tier-0 systems.

The decision of the PRACE Council to make SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) a permanent service was keenly welcomed by the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC),” says Jürgen Kohler, Chair of the IAC. “The PRACE support to SMEs in Europe is ramping up a wave of HPC innovation that will strengthen the competitiveness of Europe. Larger industrial companies will benefit from this via their subcontractors as well as via PRACE Open R&D Access.

The eleven awarded projects from six different countries are:



Project Title



High performance to simulate electromagnetic disruption effects in embedded wiring



Numerical simulations for plant breeding optimization

Design Methods


Coupled sail and appendage design method for multihull based on numerical optimization

Ergolines s.r.l.


HPC-based Design of a Novel Electromagnetic Stirrer for Steel Segment Casting

Hydros Innovation


Automatic Optimal Hull Design by Means of VPP Applications on HPC Platforms

Ingenieurbüro Tobias Loose


Scaling out of LS_DYNA for welding simulations

Open Ocean


High Performance Processing Chain – HPPC



Porting and optimisation of Diodore CFD

Optimad Engineering


RAPHI – Optimisation of CFD solvers



Design of wind turbine without blades, called Vortex

WB-Sails Ltd Oy


CFD simulations of sails and sailboat performance

The SMEs leading these projects come from a diverse range of industrial domains: electromagnetics, aeronautics, agriculture, sailing and naval industry, renewable energies, welding and heat transfer, and steel casting optimisation.

Several projects will be using Open Source software or commercial HPC applications with the involvement of the software vendors. They will receive support and expertise via PRACE Preparatory Access Type C to port, develop, and optimise their codes through the PRACE-4IP project, which is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (2014-2020) under grant agreement 653838.


SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) is a pan-European programme supported by PRACE. The Programme aims to raise awareness and provide European SMEs with the expertise necessary to take advantage of the innovation possibilities created by High-Performance Computing (HPC), thus increasing their competitiveness. The programme allows SMEs to benefit from the expertise and knowledge developed within the top-class PRACE Research Infrastructure. For more information,


The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are provided by 4 PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement RI-312763.

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