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PRACE Sixth Implementation Phase

Finanzierung: European Commission > Horizon 2020
Anfangsdatum: 1. April 2019
Enddatum: 30. September 2021


This proposal addresses the continuation of support for the world-class pan-European HPC infrastructure PRACE. This includes its further expansion for both academia and industry, while providing state-of-the-art services that can be accessed by users regardless of their location. A unique catalogue of services is provided by PRACE 2 and complemented by the services provided by the PRACE-6IP project. Pooling, integration and rationalisation of European HPC resources will contribute to the EU strategy, and complement the activities of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in order to implement the HPC strategy.The Research Infrastructures Work Programme 2018-2020 lists the following key components that PRACE-6IP aims to address:1. Provide a seamless and efficient Europe-wide Tier-0 service to users;2. Support software implementations, helping Tier-0 users and communities in adapting and adopting novel software solutions;3. Collaborate with Centres of Excellence on HPC and other national and EU funded activities that focus on similar or complementary activities for HPC codes and applications;4. Identify and support new user needs and ensure openness to new user communities and new applications; reach out to scientific and industrial communities, promoting industrial take-up of HPC services in particular by SMEs; 5. Carry out activities that build on national HPC capabilities (Tier-1) and are necessary to support Tier-0 services and a functional European HPC ecosystem; 6. Run training and skills development programmes tailored to the research needs of academia and industry and relevant public services and transfer of know-how for the use of HPC; Coordinate at European level such programmes in cooperation with the Centres of Excellence on HPC; 7. Implement inclusive and equitable governance and a flexible business model to ensure long term financial sustainability; 8. Support the development of the strategy for the deployment of a rich HPC environment of world-class systems with different machine architectures; 9. Coordinate activities with the European Technology Platform for HPC (ETP4HPC) and the Centres of Excellence in HPC applications in support of the European HPC strategy towards the next generation of computing systems, technologies and applications. 10. Develop an international cooperation policy and associated activities in the area of HPC.