PRACE-3IP: Third Implementation Phase Project


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.

PRACE-3IP is designed to continue, extend and complement the previous and on-going work in the implementation phase of the PRACE Research Infrastructure. This involves providing a long-term, high-quality infrastructure for European Tier-0 systems, managing the coordination between the shared portion of the national HPC resources (Tier-1 systems), and strengthening the established relationships with industrial users. PRACE-3IP will add a new key activity to the PRACE RI: the use of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP).The following four activities are central to PRACE-3IP:

  • Pre-Commercial Procurement: Pilot exercise for a joint procurement and joint ownership of innovative HPC prototypes, focusing on high-energy efficiency.
  • Deployment of HPC services for European industry: Proposes a broad set of services suitable for use by industry, including access to HPC resources, knowledge transfer through application support, training and expertise.
  • Application scaling and support to address major socio-economic challenges: Tackles major socio-economic challenges and the use of simulation and modelling to deal with them.
  • Training and outreach for growth: Establishes broad training and outreach activities specifically designed to engage more user communities, including industry, in the use of HPC systems.

The work of PRACE-3IP and its objectives are structured into eight Work Packages that address the requirements of the European HPC ecosystemRZ contributed to WP2 “Policies and Procedures”, WP6 “Operation of the Distributed Research Infrastructure”, and WP7 “Application Enabling and Support”.



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The following reports were prepared:
Final Report on Applications Enabling (
Second Annual Technology Report ( )
Second Annual Operations Report ( )

Fast Facts

Project Duration

01/07/2012 – 31/01/2015

Contact person

Torsten Wilde

Funding agency

European Commission FP7


Partner Institutions

  • FZJ – Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany, Coordinator)
  • GCS – Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) e.V. (Germany)
  • GENCI – Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif (France)
  • EPSRC – The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (United Kingdom)
  • BSC – Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (Spain)
  • CSC-Tieteellinen Laskenta OY (Finland)
  • ETHZ – Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zuerich (Switzerland)
  • NCF – Stichting Nationale Computerfaciliteiten (The Netherlands)
  • JKU – Johannes Kepler Universitaet Linz (Austria)
  • SNIC – Vetenskapsradet (Sweden)
  • CINECA Consorzio Interuniversitario (Italy)
  • PSNC – Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Pan WPoznaniu (Poland)
  • SIGMA – UNINETT 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)
  • VSC-TUO – VSB – Technical University of Ostrava (Czech Republic)
  • IPB – Institute of Physics Belgrade (Serbia)
  • NIIF – Nemetzi Informacios Infrasrtuctura Fejesztese Intezet (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)