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Announcement - PRACE calls for proposals to use JUGENE

The first HPC system available to researchers through PRACE: the IBM BlueGene/P – Jugene – hosted by FZJ in Germany. Jugene offers computational power of one petaflop per second and is one of the fastest computers in the world (number 5 on the latest Top 500 list of the world’s most powerful computers). Image courtesy of PRACE.

PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, enables researchers from across Europe to apply for time on the PRACE resources via a peer review process. This call marks the first regular call for the PRACE resources with the standard allocation time of one year. The call is aimed at projects to use the the IBM BlueGene/P – JUGENE – through PRACE. Allocations will be for one year starting from 1 November 2010.

JUGENE, which is hosted by the Gauss-Centre member site in Jülich, Germany, is Europe’s fastest computer at one petaflop per second, or number five on the latest Top 500 list of world’s most powerful computers. The term petaflop per second means computation capability of 10 to the power of 15 floating point operations per second. In this call, a total of 360 Million compute core hours is available.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 August at 16:00 CEST. All proposals must be submitted via the PRACE website at:

This first PRACE regular call is intended for large-scale projects of high scientific quality for which a significant impact at European and international levels is anticipated. High scalability of the code (at least 8000 compute cores) must be demonstrated. Proposals for project access must be ready to run. The projects must demonstrate scientific excellence and should cover topics of major relevance for European research. They should also include elements of novelty, transformative aspects, have a recognized scientific impact and include a dissemination plan. Possible practical and timely applications resulting from the project are also desirable. The projects should also demonstrate the possibility of achieving results which will be publishable in journals of recognized scientific impact.

All proposals will undergo PRACE technical and scientific assessment. The assessment procedure will adhere to the PRACE principles of peer review. For this call only proposals from academia are eligible and the project leader must be based in a European Union country or a PRACE AISBL country. The JUGENE at GCS at Jülich also has further restrictions due to US export rules. All applicants should expect to be notified of the outcome by the end of October 2010.

A continuous call for applications for preparatory access is expected to open in September 2010.

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