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PRACEdays15: HPC Brings Industry and Academia Together

Marjolein Oorsprong

PRACEdays15, which ran from 26 to 28 May in Dublin, Ireland, marked another successful edition of the annual PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference. The Irish Centre for High End Computing hosted the conference and satellite events locally and, with this year’s theme being “Enable Science Foster Industry”, attracted close to 200 experts from academia and industry. The two satellite events focussing on Women in HPC and Exascale European projects proved very popular on 25 and 26 May and the EESI2 Project held its final conference on 28 and 29 May to round off the week. The PRACE User Forum invited all participants to an Open Session on Wednesday afternoon.

Highlights of the week included the keynote sessions given by well-known academic and industrial researchers from Europe and Asia, including the keynote speech by Masahiro Seki, President of the Research Organisation for Information Science and Technology (RIST), Japan. The European Commission added their vision to the programme with a presentation entitled “Implementing the European Strategy on High Performance Computing” There were six heavily subscribed parallel streams across various scientific and industrial themes, which proved very successful. The final panel discussion on 28 May entitled “Science and Industry: Partners for Innovation”, was moderated by Tom Wilkie of Scientific Computing World and brought together high level representatives from the European Commission, industry and academia. The full programme can be found here (

Finally, the PRACEdays15 Award for Best Poster was presented to Panchatcharam Mariappan for his poster entitled GPU accelerated finite element method for radio frequency ablated cancer treatment. All posters can be found here ( and presentations here (

PRACEdays16 will take place in Prague, Czech Republic from 10 to 12 May 2016. More information will be published on:


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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