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Italy joins PRACE as principal partner

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Italy has joined PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, as one of its principal partners. The representative PRACE partner site from Italy is Cineca (Consorzio Interuniversitario).

PRACE aims to create a pan-European HPC service, consisting of several Tier-0 centres providing European researchers with access to computing capability and forming the top level of the European HPC ecosystem. PRACE principal partners are those willing to host and fund one of the Tier-0 centres.

'Cineca is very proud to announce that Italy has confirmed willingness to play an important role in European scenario of computational sciences. The participation of Cineca to the PRACE principal partners, under the sponsorship of the Italian Ministry of Research, represents a great opportunity to maintain and promote Cineca as one of the major supercomputing centres available in Europe. Cineca is highly interested in the objectives of PRACE and strongly wants to collaborate with the other high performance centres involved in PRACE to reach important goals at European level,' said Sanzio Bassini, director of systems and technologies department at Cineca.

The six current principal partners are: Germany (project coordinator), France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Currently PRACE has a total of 20 partners consisting of principal partners, general partners and additional partners of the PRACE initiative.