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PRACE 6th Implementation Phase Project


PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing is the permanent pan-European High Performance Computing service providing world-class systems for world-class science. Systems at the highest performance level (Tier-0) are deployed by Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, providing researchers with more than 17 billion core hours of compute time. HPC experts from 25 member states enabled users from academia and industry to ascertain leadership and remain competitive in the Global Race. Currently PRACE is finalizing the transition to PRACE 2, the successor of the initial five year period. The objectives of PRACE-6IP are to build on and seamlessly continue the successes of PRACE and start new innovative and collaborative activities proposed by the consortium. These include: assisting the development of PRACE 2; strengthening the internationally recognised PRACE brand; continuing and extend advanced training which so far provided more than 36 400 person·training days; preparing strategies and best practices towards Exascale computing, work on forward-looking SW solutions; coordinating and enhancing the operation of the multi-tier HPC systems and services; and supporting users to exploit massively parallel systems and novel architectures. A high level Service Catalogue is provided. The proven project structure will be used to achieve each of the objectives in 7 dedicated work packages. The activities are designed to increase Europe’s research and innovation potential especially through: seamless and efficient Tier-0 services and a pan-European HPC ecosystem including national capabilities; promoting take-up by industry and new communities and special offers to SMEs; assistance to PRACE 2 development; proposing strategies for deployment of leadership systems; collaborating with the ETP4HPC, CoEs and other European and international organisations on future architectures, training, application support and policies. This will be monitored through a set of KPIs.

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Europe is undergoing a major transition in its energy generation and supply infrastructure. The urgent need to halt carbon dioxide emissions and prevent dangerous global temperature rises has received renewed impetus following the unprecedented international commitment to enforcing the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change. Rapid adoption of solar and wind power generation by several EU countries has demonstrated that renewable energy can competitively supply significant fractions of local energy needs in favourable conditions. These and other factors have combined to create a set of irresistible environmental, economic and health incentives to phase out power generation by fossil fuels in favour of decarbonised, distributed energy sources. While the potential of renewables can no longer be questioned, ensuring reliability in the absence of constant conventionally powered baseload capacity is still a major challenge.

The EoCoE-II project will build on its unique, established role at the crossroads of HPC and renewable energy to accelerate the adoption of production, storage and distribution of clean electricity. How will we achieve this? In its proof-of-principle phase, the EoCoE consortium developed a comprehensive, structured support pathway for enhancing the HPC capability of energy-oriented numerical models, from simple entry-level parallelism to fully-fledged exascale readiness. At the top end of this scale, promising applications from each energy domain have been selected to form the basis of 5 new Energy Science Challenges in the present successor project EoCoE-II that will be supported by 4 Technical Challenges


Project Information
EoCoE-II is a H2020 RIA european project, call H2020-INFRAEDI-2018-1.

Duration: 3 years, Jan 1st 2019, Dec 31st 2021.

Avalon Members: T. Gautier, C. Perez

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