23 Jun 2014 Leipzig - At ISC'14 in Leipzig, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the chance to interview Sanzio Bassini, Director of the Supercomputer Department at CINECA and PRACE's new Council Chair, about the future plans of the European supercomputer organisation. Sanzio Bassini stated that he was very proud to have been elected Chairman of the PRACE Council. PRACE has been a very successful story. PRACE is one of the research infrastructures that goes through all the stages, from the preparatory phase to the implementation process. Currently, PRACE is a very established organisation of 25 member states, represented by delegates of the ministries of research of the different member states that constitute the Council of PRACE.
The available resources for PRACE have a value of more than 500 million euro. Four member states are committed to provide and can provision service for the access to the most innovative and the most high performant systems available in Europe.
This model has been concretized by means of a very strong and very representative, independent, international open access peer reviewed model for getting access to the resources. This will become the brand of PRACE with respect to the scientific community.
The first period of agreement of PRACE will last until 2015 and started in 2010. This period is about to finish but PRACE is working very hard to address what will be PRACE 2, the next period of agreement until 2020. The main idea is to have an increase of the hosting members with hopefully the inclusion of important countries, such as the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands and others.
The co-operation with the other research infrastructures and the other most significant scientific challenges will also be addressed in order to improve the access to the HPC infrastructure in Europe. This will be the goal of the PRACE 2 business model.
Sanzio Bassini hopes that the Council will be in a position to approve the business model for the next few months so that the lawyers can draw up the contractual agreement between the different member states that will be part of PRACE.
There will be continuity in terms of service provision towards the scientific community because of the application of the so-called sliding windows, overlapping the period between PRACE 1 and PRACE 2.
Sanzio Bassini thought that it was also important to underline the interaction and the collaboration with the industry. One of the PRACE organs is formed by the Industrial Advisory Committee which addresses the transition from invention, the typical scientific action, to innovation, the creation of the new product. This kind of process will be managed under the advice of the Industrial Advisory Committee.
There has already been a PRACE programme, called SHAPE, to provide access to the industrial organisations in order to move from invention to innovation.
The next period will be very intensive for PRACE because the organisation has to move from PRACE 1 to PRACE 2 but Sanzio Bassini is counting on the collaboration of a fantastic group of people which is part of the Council, and a fantastic group of hosting members, as supporting collaborators.
More information on PRACE is available at http://prace-ri.eu .