Sanzio Bassini will take over from Catherine Rivière of GENCI, France, who held the position of Council Chair since 2012. "I am looking forward to taking up this task and guiding PRACE into the next stage of its existence to let PRACE 2.0 become solid and concrete. There are many challenges ahead, but I am confident that we can make PRACE grow and prosper, the foundations for PRACE 2.0 having been laid by my predecessors", stated Sanzio Bassini in reaction to his election.
"Supercomputers are part of the great human adventure and my dream for PRACE has always been to make it a sustainable and world-leading research infrastructure", stated Catherine Rivière, "and PRACE 2.0 will bring that dream one step closer to reality", she added.
Since 2010 PRACE has allocated over 8 billion core hours on 6 world-class machines with a total capacity of nearly 15 Petaflops/s, hosted in 4 EU Member States - the PRACE Hosting Members France, Germany, Italy and Spain, to 303 scientific and industrial projects from 38 countries. The total funding of PRACE amounts to 530 million euro over 5 years (2010-2015). Around 35% of PRACE access is given to non-hosting and non-EU countries, and awarded projects come from a diverse group of scientific and industrial domains.
The PRACE Council is the deliberative body of the Association and decides on all matters of the Association. It is composed of one representative from each Member. Depending on the nature of the decisions to be taken, different voting rules apply. As a general rule, decisions of a purely scientific nature are subject to majority vote, while decisions related to provisioning and usage of funding and resources require a qualified majority based on partner contributions. All other decisions require a double majority of members and contributions, apart from a small number of issues that imply changes of the contract of the Association which require unanimity.