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Primeur weekly 2014-02-10

The Cloud

European Cloud Testing Environment to be offered free of charge during 2014 ...

IBM opens access to SaaS portfolio to help African Universities with next-generation IT skills ...

IBM and Actifio add powerful new data virtualization solutions to IBM Cloud portfolio ...

Numericable Group teams with IBM's SoftLayer to develop a unique High Performance Cloud offer in France ...

HP Autonomy extends market-leading eDiscovery platform to the Cloud ...

IBM's SoftLayer and DataHotel help Japanese companies expand globally ...

IBM fuels innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa ...

Oracle extends the power of modern HR in the Cloud with updates to Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New CONVECTOR project studies mechanical engineering problems ...

EuroFlash

MSc in High Performance Computing organized at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre ...

PRACE Preparatory Access passes 3-year cap in bloom ...

EPSRC calls for Quantum Technology Hubs to put UK in super position ...

2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures to launch Call for Contributions ...

Netherlands joins international Elixir Consortium on biological data ...

USFlash

IBM Brings Watson to Africa ...

SGI and Cognilytics partner to bring advanced analytics to enterprise Big Data ...

Mellanox releases Ethernet Switch Application Programing Interface (API) to the community as part of the Open Ethernet initiative ...

Mellanox releases world's first 40 Gigabit Ethernet NIC based on Open Compute Project (OCP) designs ...

Mellanox announces launch of Mellanox Capital ...

Computer models help decode cells that sense light without seeing ...

Heavy metal in the early cosmos ...

Scientists use 'voting' and 'penalties' to overcome errors in quantum optimization ...

2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced ...

New IBM virtualization solution to speed Software Defined Networking deployments ...

NEC contributes Network Virtualization to OpenDaylight's Hydrogen release ...

Diamond defect boosts quantum technology ...

Oracle and Pluribus Networks collaborate on OpenStack plug-ins for Software Defined Networking products ...

Solving a 30-year-old problem in high mass star formation ...

IBM named an innovation leader in Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, notes Frost & Sullivan ...

PRACE Preparatory Access passes 3-year cap in bloom

4 Feb 2014 Brussels - Since 2010, PRACE offers a specific call for proposals called Preparatory Access to enable academic and industrial scientists and researchers to develop, test and scale out their applications to run successfully on world-class supercomputers. With three types of access, tailored to the needs of the users, the continuous call for proposals for Preparatory Access forms a gateway to Europe's most capable systems.

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 d’Electricité, 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.

Useful links include:

- Human Brain Project: https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/
Source: PRACE

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Primeur weekly 2014-02-10

The Cloud

European Cloud Testing Environment to be offered free of charge during 2014 ...

IBM opens access to SaaS portfolio to help African Universities with next-generation IT skills ...

IBM and Actifio add powerful new data virtualization solutions to IBM Cloud portfolio ...

Numericable Group teams with IBM's SoftLayer to develop a unique High Performance Cloud offer in France ...

HP Autonomy extends market-leading eDiscovery platform to the Cloud ...

IBM's SoftLayer and DataHotel help Japanese companies expand globally ...

IBM fuels innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa ...

Oracle extends the power of modern HR in the Cloud with updates to Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New CONVECTOR project studies mechanical engineering problems ...

EuroFlash

MSc in High Performance Computing organized at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre ...

PRACE Preparatory Access passes 3-year cap in bloom ...

EPSRC calls for Quantum Technology Hubs to put UK in super position ...

2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures to launch Call for Contributions ...

Netherlands joins international Elixir Consortium on biological data ...

USFlash

IBM Brings Watson to Africa ...

SGI and Cognilytics partner to bring advanced analytics to enterprise Big Data ...

Mellanox releases Ethernet Switch Application Programing Interface (API) to the community as part of the Open Ethernet initiative ...

Mellanox releases world's first 40 Gigabit Ethernet NIC based on Open Compute Project (OCP) designs ...

Mellanox announces launch of Mellanox Capital ...

Computer models help decode cells that sense light without seeing ...

Heavy metal in the early cosmos ...

Scientists use 'voting' and 'penalties' to overcome errors in quantum optimization ...

2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced ...

New IBM virtualization solution to speed Software Defined Networking deployments ...

NEC contributes Network Virtualization to OpenDaylight's Hydrogen release ...

Diamond defect boosts quantum technology ...

Oracle and Pluribus Networks collaborate on OpenStack plug-ins for Software Defined Networking products ...

Solving a 30-year-old problem in high mass star formation ...

IBM named an innovation leader in Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, notes Frost & Sullivan ...