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PRACE Project Access 4th call for proposals for Tier-0 and Synchronized Call for Tier-1, 3 November 2011

Opening date: 2nd November 2011
Closing date: 10th January 2012, 1600 CEST
Start date: 1st May 2012
Allocation period: 1 year
Type of access: Project access

PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is a Research Infrastructure that allows researchers from across Europe to apply for time on high-performance computers from a series of hosting nations via a central peer review process. This call is the fourth PRACE-RI Regular call for Project access, inviting applications for high-end (Tier-0) computing resources to carry out projects which have high scientific quality and impact. Allocation will be for 1 year starting from 1st May 2012.

The call also invites proposals for project access to Tier-1 resources, via DECI, the Distributed European Computing Initiative, providing single project cross-national access to national (Tier-1) HPC-resources. The DECI call is synchronized in preparation for future integrated calls for Tier-0 and Tier-1 resources. The DECI Call, its processes, the procedures and mechanisms are explained in detail in the section "Tier-1 Call" of the "PRACE 4th Regular Call for proposals" (Download address see below)

The deadline for submission of proposals both for Tier-0 and for Tier-1 is 10th January 2012 at 1600 CET.

The full call for proposals and DECI proposal form can be found in the download section below.

Tier-0 machines available:

  • IBM Blue Gene/P "JUGENE" (GCS@Juelich, Germany)
  • Bull BULL Bullx cluster "CURIE" (GENCI@CEA, France)
  • Cray XE6 "HERMIT" (GCS@HLRS, Germany)
  • SuperMUC (GCS@LRZ, Germany)
  • MareNostrum (BSC, Spain)
  • FERMI (CINECA, Italy)

Tier-1 machines available: IBM Blue Gene/P, Cray XT and XE, IBM Power 6, range of large clusters including GPU resources made available from Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.


For queries related to Tier-0 peer review please contact:

For queries related to Tier-1 applications please contact:

Preparatory Access Call for Tier-0

Preparatory access is intended for testing and developing codes in order to prepare applications for PRACE Tier-0 project access. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the Preparatory Access Type C which includes code development with support from PRACE experts. Further information are given on the PRACE web page:

The Preparatory Access Call is a rolling call, researchers can apply for resources all year. There are no closing dates, proposals will be reviewed every third month. The next cutoff date is Dec 1 2011.

All interested scientists, whose projects fit the criteria of the PRACE calls are invited to submit their projects. The criteria for the PRACE Regular Call and the PRACE Preparatory Access Call as well as complete information on the PRACE machines, how to apply for the Calls and on the PRACE peer review process can be found at:

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