PRACE Fifth Implementation Phase Project (PRACE-5IP)


The purpose of the PRACE Research Infrastructure is to provide a sustainable high-quality infrastructure for Europe that can meet the most demanding needs of European HPC user communities through the provision of user access to the most powerful HPC systems available worldwide at any given time. In tandem with access to Tier-0 systems, the PRACE project will foster the coordination between national HPC resources (Tier-1 systems) to best meet the needs of the European HPC user community

The objectives of PRACE-5IP are to build on and seamlessly continue the successes of PRACE and start new innovative and collaborative activities proposed by the consortium. These include:

  • assisting the transition to PRACE2 including ananalysis of TransNational Access;
  • strengthening the internationally recognised PRACE brand;
  • continuing and extend advanced training which so far provided more than 18 800 persontraining days;
  • preparing strategies and best practices towards Exascale computing;
  • coordinating and enhancing the operation of the multi-tier HPC systems and services;
  • supporting users to exploit massively parallel systems and novel architectures.

A high level Service Catalogue is provided. The proven project structure will be used to achieve each of the objectives in 6 dedicated work packages. The activities are designed to increase Europe’s research and innovation potential especially through:

  • seamless and efficient Tier-0 services and a pan-European HPC ecosystem including national capabilities;
  • promoting take-up by industry and new communities and special offers to SMEs;
  • implementing a new flexible business model for PRACE 2;
  • proposing strategies for deployment of leadership systems;
  • collaborating with the ETP4HPC, CoEs and other European and international organisations on future architectures, training, application support and policies.

LRZ is involved in the following workpackages:

  • WP4: Training
  • WP5: HPC Commissioning and Prototyping
  • WP7: Application Enabling and Support



Fast Facts

Project Duration

01/01/2017 – 30/04/2019

Contact persons

Torsten Wilde
Dr. Volker Weinberg

Funding agency

European Commission H2020


Partner Institutions

  • JUELICH- Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany, Coordinator)
  • GCS – Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) e.V. (Germany)
  • GENCI – Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif (France)
  • EPCC – The University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
  • BSC – Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (Spain)
  • CSC – Tieteen Tietotekniikan Keskus OY (Finland)
  • ETHZ – Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zuerich (Switzerland)
  • SURFSARA BV – SURFsara BV (The Netherlands)
  • SNIC – Uppsala Universitet (Sweden)
  • CINECA Consorzio Interuniversitario (Italy)
  • PSNC – Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Pan WPoznaniu (Poland)
  • SIGMA2 – Uninett Sigma2 AS (Norway)
  • GRNET – Greek Research and Technology Network S.A. (Greece)
  • UC-LCA – Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)
  • NUI Galway – National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
  • UYBHM – Istanbul Technical University, Ayazaga Campus (Turkey)
  • CaSToRC – The Cyprus Institute (Cyprus)
  • NCSA – National Centre for Supercomputing Applications (Bulgaria)
  • IT4I-VSB – Technical University of Ostrava (Czech Republic)
  • NIIF – Nemzeti Információs Infrastruktúra Fejlesztési Intézet (Hungary)
  • UCPH – Københavns Universitet (Denmark)
  • IUCC – Inter University Computation Center (Israel)
  • PRACE – Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe AISBL (Belgium)
  • ULFME – University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Slovenia)
  • CCSAS – Computing Centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia)