A total of 721 million compute core hours were granted for twenty-four European research projects in this third regular call for PRACE Project Access. In total 53 applications requesting 1.687 million compute core hours were received in the call. The projects were chosen for their high level of scientific and technical maturity, expected impact, and demonstrated need for Tier-0 resources.
A research group led by Arkady Krasheninnikov, University of Helsinki, was granted 10 million compute hours on the CURIE supercomputer. The group with members from University of Helsinki, CSC and Aalto University is doing research in the field of nanotechnology. CURIE is one of the most powerful, so called Tier-0 supercomputers in Europe. This was the first time a research group based in Finland was granted resources in a Tier-0 supercomputer within the PRACE Project Access.
PRACE also granted access to its Tier-1 machines on the DECI - Distributed European Computing Initiative - call. In this call 35 projects, selected from 54 proposals, will share 91 million processor core hours. Two Finnish research groups were granted both 3.5 million standard CPU hours. A research group led by Hannu Kurki-Suonio, University of Helsinki, was granted access to CSC's (Finland) Louhi supercomputer. The group is simulating data from the Planck satellite. A research group led by Vesa Hytönen, University of Tampere, was granted access to EPCCs (UK) HECToR supercomputer. The group is simulating protein interaction in cells.
In addition, the Finnish research groups led by the following people were granted access to the PRACE resources in the PRACE Preparatory Access call mainly for code developing:
The PRACE Preparatory Access is continuous.
The new call to PRACEs Tier-0 and Tier-1 resources was published on November 2nd 2011. More information is available at www.prace-ri.eu/Call-Announcements