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Welcome to the DEISA PRACE Symposium 2009.

DEISA, the Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications, and PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, decided to merge their annual scientific symposia into one big European HPC event: The DEISA PRACE Symposium.

The DEISA PRACE Symposium 2009 will take place from May 11 to May 13 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands at the Royal Tropical Institute and will be hosted by SARA and NCF. Registration for the symposium has already started at the DEISA and PRACE websites (see more information below). Registration is free of charge.

"HPC Infrastructures for Petascale Applications" - the theme of the DEISA PRACE Symposium 2009 - focus on what PRACE and DEISA are jointly building up for Europe, and what other organisations and projects are building in the USA and Asia.


  • Key note speakers from four continents will outline the global perspectives of High Performance Computing (HPC) in the Petascale era.
  • Speakers on the first day include Kostas Glinos of the European Commission; Abani Patra from the National Science Foundation (USA) and Ryutaro Himeno from RIKEN (Japan), Horst Simon from National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center(USA), Ben Evans from The ANU Supercomputer Facility (Australia) and John Tows from TeraGrid (USA)
  • The second day of the symposium will focus on HPC global perspectives with further talks from speakers of the European Commission and the organising projects. The session "Science Communities" will feature the following speakers: Sylvie Joussaume (climate research), Carlos Frenk (cosmology), Frank Jenko (fusion research) and Peter Coveney (life sciences).
  • PRACE will reveal its perspectives for HPC architectures, Applications, Training and Education.
  • Ten DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative projects from all over Europe and covering many scientific areas will be presented.

For more information please visit the DEISA and PRACE websites, and

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium,

The Symposium Committee,
on behalf of the coordinators of DEISA and PRACE,
Stefan Heinzel and Achim Bachem.

DEISA PRACE Symposium Flyer (PDF)