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PRACE 11th Call for Proposals connects the international HPC ecosystem

Marjolein Oorsprong

The 11th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals yielded 107 eligible proposals of which 18 were awarded a total of almost 513 million core hours. This brings the total awarded projects to 412 and the total awarded core hours to 10.7 million.


The 18 awarded projects are led by principal investigators from 7 different European countries. This Call also welcomed scientists and researchers from USA and South Korea as collaborators in several projects.


Seven overall scientific domains are represented: 3 projects are linked to the fields of Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Life Sciences; 4 to Chemistry; 2 to Earth System Sciences; 2 to Engineering; 3 to Fundamental Physics; 1 to Mathematics and Computer Sciences and 3 to Universe Sciences.


The largest allocation under the 11th Call is the project entitledCONTQCDNf3 - The continuum limit of QCD with three dynamical quark flavours led byDr. Mauro Papinutto from University La Sapienza Rome. The project received 74 million Core Hours on FERMI @ CINECA, Italyand is also supported by the DFG (German Research Foundation).


A number of awards support research which has also been identified as excellent by other European grant-awarding bodies. One PRACE-awarded project is linked to the H2020 EURO fusion Enabling Research Project:JOREK. Non-linear modelling of MHD instabilities and their control in tokamaks led by Dr. Marina Becoulet. The project received 13.2 million Core Hours on MareNostrum @ BSC, Spain. Under the 11th Call PRACE also awarded resources to seven ERC-funded projects while three other projects receive grants under various national programmes.


Two projects are linked to industry, involving TURBOMECA (SAFRAN Group-France) as project leader in the field of combustion of turbomachines, and INTEL (France) with NAG (Numerical Algorithm Services-UK) as project collaborators in a FP7 project related to the development of Exascale solvers and algorithms.


All information and the abstracts of the projects awarded under the 11th PRACE Call for Proposals can be found here:


The 12th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) will open in September 2015.

Selected proposals will receive allocations to PRACE resources from March 2016 to March 2017.



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 and from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (2014-2020) under grant agreement 653838. For more information, see


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