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PRACE awards 320 million compute hours to ten European research projects

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Ten research projects, five from Germany, two from the UK one each from Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal, have been awarded access to the PRACE infrastructure. In total 321.4 million compute core-hours were granted. Sixty-eight applications requesting a total of 1,870 million compute hours were received in this call, which was the first opportunity for researchers to apply for PRACE resources.

The successful research projects are in the fields of astrophysics, earth sciences, engineering, and plasma and particle physics including collaborators from 31 universities and research institutes in 12 countries. These projects will have access to JUGENE, IBM BlueGene/P, hosted by the Gauss-Centre for Supercomputing member site in Jülich, Germany, which is the first Petascale HPC system available to researchers through PRACE. It is the fastest computer in Europe available for public research.

The projects were chosen for their high level of scientific and technical maturity, demonstrated need for Tier-0 resources, and the fact that they will able to achieve significant scientific results within the initial grant period of four month. All proposals underwent a peer review process including PRACE technical and scientific assessment.

The following 10 projects were granted access to PRACE resources:

- Simulation of electron transport in organic solar cell materials, Jochen Blumberger, University College London, London, UK.

- Excess proton at water/hydrophobic interfaces: A Car-Parrinello MD study, Paolo Carloni, German Research School for Simulation Sciences GmbH, Jülich, Germany.

- Parallel space-time approach to turbulence: computation of unstable periodic orbits and the dynamical zeta function, Peter Coveney, University College of London, London, UK.

- QCD Thermodynamics with 2+1+1 improved dynamical flavors, Zoltán Fodor, Bergische Universitaet Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany.

- Ab initio Simulations of Turbulence in Fusion Plasmas, Frank Jenko, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), Garching, Germany.

- Providing fundamental laws for weather and climate models, Harmen Jonker, Delft University, Delft, the Netherlands.

- Plasmoid Dynamics in Magnetic Reconnection, Nuno Loureiro, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal.

- A dislocation dynamics study of dislocation cell formation and interaction between a low angle grain boundary and an in-coming dislocation, Dierk Raabe, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Germany.

- Type Ia supernovae from Chandrasekhar-mass white dwarf explosions, Friedrich Röpke, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Garching, Germany.

- QCD Simulations for Flavor Physics in the Standard Model and Beyond, Silvano Simula, INFN, Rome, Italy.