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Partnering for Pan-European Supercomputing

  CORDIS News (03/22/12)

 The first implementation project of the Partnership for Advanced Computing (PRACE-1IP) is helping to provide scientists with access to the project’s high-performance computing (HPC) resources.  “We need HPC systems to model weather patterns and climate change, to study diseases and drug effects, to design new materials, in astronomy, and even to model new aircraft designs … the list is almost endless,” says PRACE-1IP manager Thomas Eickermann.  A key part of PRACE-1IP is focused on developing technologies and techniques to help researchers run applications on PRACE’s HPC machines.  “Though PRACE is a big step forward in making supercomputing resources available to a wide segment of the European scientific community, inevitably there is still more demand from researchers for HPC resources than there are HPC resources available,” Eickermann says.  The PRACE-1IP project and a follow-up initiative, PRACE-2IP, are setting up six training centers across Europe to educate researchers in HPC systems in a multi-year program.  “So far the PRACE infrastructure has been used by 36 projects for more than one billion computing core hours,” Eickermann notes.  Future projects include simulating blood flow in the human body, examining the effects of irradiation on nanostructures, and studying the gravitational effects of black holes in space.

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