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Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe - Sixth Implementation Phase

PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing is the permanent pan-European High Performance Computing service providing world-class systems for world-class science. Systems at the highest performance level (Tier-0) are deployed by Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, providing researchers with more than 17 billion core hours of compute time. HPC experts from 25 member states enabled users from academia and industry to ascertain leadership and remain competitive in the Global Race. Currently PRACE is finalizing the transition to PRACE 2, the successor of the initial five year period. The objectives of PRACE-6IP are to build on and seamlessly continue the successes of PRACE and start new innovative and collaborative activities proposed by the consortium. These include:

  • assisting the development of PRACE 2;
  • strengthening the internationally recognised PRACE brand;
  • continuing and extend advanced training which so far provided more than 36 400 person·training days;
  • preparing strategies and best practices towards Exascale computing;
  • work on forward-looking SW solutions;
  • coordinating and enhancing the operation of the multi-tier HPC systems and services; and
  • supporting users to exploit massively parallel systems and novel architectures.

A high level Service Catalogue is provided. The activities are designed to increase Europe's research and innovation potential especially through:

  • seamless and efficient Tier-0 services and a pan-European HPC ecosystem including national capabilities;
  • promoting take-up by industry and new communities and special offers to SMEs;
  • assistance to PRACE 2 development;
  • proposing strategies for deployment of leadership systems;
  • collaborating with the ETP4HPC, CoEs and other European and international organisations on future architectures, training, application support and policies. This will be monitored through a set of KPIs.


Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
Project Coordinator,
the contact person is Florian Berberich

Twenty-six partners collaborate in the sixth Implementation PRACE Phase (PRACE-6IP) project: PRACE aisbl and its 24 Members under the co-ordination of FZJ. PRACE-6IP complements and extends the work undertaken in PRACE-1IP to PRACE-5IP , e.g. to deliver a broader set of HPC services suitable for use by industry.

The project is funded by the European Union (EU) under grant agreement 823767.

The grant period is May 2019 until December 2021.

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More detailed information about the project is available at PRACE's homepage.