What is PRACE?
The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) research infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The aim of PRACE is to cover the top level (Tier-0) of the European HPC ecosystem, by establishing a permanent infrastructure of Tier-0 compute systems.
The mission of PRACE is further to enable high impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE seeks to realize this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process. Scientists and researchers from around the world can apply for access to PRACE resources.
What is Sigma2s role in PRACE?
Sigma2 is the Norwegian partner in this collaboration. Third parties for Sigma2 are the University of Oslo and the Norwegian University for Technology and Science.
The main role for Sigma2 is to govern and coordinate the Norwegian participation on behalf the partners. The coordinating activities consist of representing Norway in the governance structure of the collaborations (council and board), planning of the Norwegian participation in the project work packages and the project funding management (i.e. the money flow from the international organizations and to the partners).
Our national e-infrastructure also enables us to give valuable contribution to PRACE projects, e.g. Norway is leading the task on containerized services on HPC within PRACE 5IP.
The PRACE infrastructure is open to Norwegian researchers.
Successful Norwegian PRACE applications
Norway has had several successful projects running on PRACE Tier-0 systems.