PRACE offers 3 types of Preparatory Access (PA): Type A for code scalability tests, type B for code development and optimisation and type C for code development and optimisation with the support of PRACE experts. PRACE Preparatory Access is a continuous Call for Proposals with a cut-off date every 3 months, and is based on a light and quick process for allowing access to Tier-0 resources. All 6 PRACE Tier-0 systems - Curie in France, Fermi in Italy, MareNostrum in Spain, and Hermit, JUQUEEN and SuperMUC in Germany - are available for Preparatory Access.
Since the start of PRACE in 2010 - the first PA cut-off was in December 2010, the popularity of Preparatory Access has steadily grown. As a proof, the most recent - 15th - cut-off accepted a record of 40 proposals - 17 type A, 15 type B, and 8 type C, including 3 projects from large industrial companies - 2 from PSA-Peugeot-Citroën, France in automotive and 1 from RTE-Réseau de Transport dElectricité, France in modelling smart networks in electricity - and 5 from SMEs through the dedicated PRACE SHAPE programme toward the increased use of HPC by European SMEs.
Preparatory Access is also very important for enabling and supporting large-scale scientific communities and European initiatives. In that sense a proposal from the Human Brain Project flagship (HBP) called Brainomics was also accepted for optimising data integration in neuro-imaging and genomic data.
The 15th cut-off also welcomes Albania: a project headed by a scientist from the University of Tirana has been allocated PRACE resources for the first time.
More information and statistics about Preparatory Access, as well as Project Access will be made available in the PRACE Annual Report 2013, which will be presented at the PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference (PRACEdays14) on 20, 21 and 22 May 2014 in Barcelona.
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