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PRACE 10th Call for Proposals achieves 10 out of 10!

Marjolein Oorsprong

The 10th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals yielded 127 eligible proposals of which 48 were awarded for a total of close to 1.0 thousand million core hours. This brings the total number of projects awarded since the inception of PRACE mid-2010, to 394, and the total awarded core hours to 10.2 thousand million.


The 48 awarded projects are led by principal investigators from 13 different European countries, 1 from Australia and 2 from the USA. This Call also welcomed scientists and researchers from Australia, India, Japan and the Unites States as collaborators in several projects.


Seven overall scientific domains are represented: 8 projects are linked to the fields of Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Life Sciences; 16 to Chemistry; 3 to Earth System Sciences; 8 to Engineering; 5 to Fundamental Physics; 1 to Mathematics and Computer Sciences; and 7 to Universe Sciences.


Three projects are linked to industry, involving STMicroelectronics, France (as collaborator), Thermofluids, Spain (an SME created as a spin-off of the laboratory leading the project), and IBM (International Business Machines), USA (as collaborator).


The largest allocation under the 10th Call is the project entitledSurfing for Thermals in Turbulent Flowsled by Roberto Verzicco of the Physics of Fluids Group at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His project received close to 69 million core hours on one machine (Fermi @ CINECA, Italy) and is also supported by an ERC grant.


Under the 10th Call, the project entitled GWEUPT led by David Weir of University of Stavanger, Norway, who is a member of the eLISA Cosmology Working Group. The project received 17.6 million core hours on Hornet @ GCS@HLRS, Germany. His project is also supported by a Marie Curie grant.


In total under the 10th Call PRACE awarded resources to 7 ERC-funded projects and 2 to Marie-Curie awards. Seven allocations are linked to FP7 projects, while 23 other projects receive grants under various national programmes. Two allocations are also linked to European Health Networks and Initiatives and one to the European Photonics Strategic roadmap.


Many projects supported by PRACE have links with large scale instruments or European Initiatives, such as ENES, EC-EARTH, ESO, CERN, Van Allen Belt Probes, LASERLAB-EUROPE, the Herschel telescope, and the Human Brain Project.


All information and the abstracts of the projects awarded under the 10th PRACE Call for Proposals can be found here:


The 11th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) is open from 9 February 2015, 12:00 (noon) CET, until 18 March 2014, 12.00 (noon) CET. Selected proposals will receive allocations to PRACE resources from September 2015 to September 2016.




·         eLISA Cosmology Working Group

·         ENES

·         EC-EARTH

·         ESO

·         CERN

·         Van Allen Belt Probes


·         The Herschel telescope

·         The Human Brain Project



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. For more information, see


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