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Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE)
Start date: Jan 1, 2008, End date: Jun 30, 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

ESFRI has identified High Performance Computing (HPC) as a strategic priority for Europe. Scientists and engineers must be provided with access to capability computers of leadership class in Europe to remain competitive internationally and to maintain or regain leadership. Supercomputers are an indispensable tool to solve the most challenging problems through simulations.PACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, has the overall objective to prepare the creation of a persistent pan-European HPC service, consisting of three to five centres, similar to the US HPC infrastructure. PACE will be the tier-0 level of the European HPC ecosystem. It will build on the experience of the partners and use concepts and services from EC-funded projects like GEANT2 and DEISA.The hosting centres of the planned tier-0 systems will provide the expertise, competency, and the required infrastructure for comprehensive services to meet the challenging demands of excellent users from academia and industry.PACE will prepare for the implementation of the infrastructure in 2009/2010 by defining and setting up a legal and organisational structure involving HPC centres, national funding agencies, and scientific user communities to ensure adequate funding for the continued operation and periodic renewal of leadership systems, coordinated procurements, efficient use and fair access.In parallel PACE will prepare the deployment of Petaflop/s systems in 2009/2010. This includes the procurement of prototype systems for the evaluation of software for managing the distributed infrastructure, the selection, benchmarking, and scaling of libraries and codes from major scientific user communities, the definition of technical requirements and procurement procedures, as well as collaborations with the European IT-industry to influence the development of new technologies and components for architectures that are promising for Petaflop/s systems to be procured after 2010.
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