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Supercomputing for students in the summer

Up to 20 students from across Europe will get the chance of hands-on experience at ten European high-performance computing centres this summer, under a programme organised by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (Prace). But applicants will need to hurry – the deadline is 8 March.

At the same time, Prace has opened its 11th Call for Proposals. This call includes multi-year access as well as a data storage service pilot. The Call for Proposals will close on 18 March 2015 at noon CET.

However, in this round, the resources that Prace has to offer are much more restricted and consist only of the Fermi IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer operated by CINECA, Italy and the MareNostrum, an IBM System x iDataPlex supercomputer operated by BSC, Spain. Neither the German nor the French supercomputer centres are contributing to this round.

The programme ‘Summer of HPC 2015’ offers placements at HPC centres across Europe to late-stage undergraduates and early-stage postgraduate students. They will get the opportunity to participate and work at HPC centres in UK, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Czech Republic, Italy, Cyprus, Slovenia, and Hungary.

Participants will spend two months on projects related to Prace’s scientific or industrial work and ideally produce a visualisation or video of their results. Among other purposes, the projects aim to produce 3D visualisations for medical purposes, to design the users’ own supercomputer cluster, to help explore the surface of Mars, to create an interactive visualisation for the weather and climate.

The programme will run from 1 July to 31 August 2015. At the end of the programme, the two best participants will be awarded for their contribution at the Awards Ceremony on 1 October 2015.

Applicants do not need to have previous experience of HPC; however some coding knowledge is a prerequisite, but the most important attribute is a desire to learn and share experience about HPC. Applications are open until 8 March 2015 at .

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (Prace) is an international non-profit association that provides a persistent high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The computer systems and their operations accessible through Prace are provided by four Prace members: BSC representing Spain; CINECA representing Italy; GCS representing Germany; and GENCI representing France.

Prace is calling for proposals for its Project Access, which can be based on a 12-month schedule, or, for multi-year projects, on a 24- or 36-month schedule. The allocation is made for one year at a time with provisional allocations for the 2nd and 3rd year.

Additionally, there is the opportunity for joint data storage services and resources. This part of the call is a pilot and its future continuation will be subject to evaluation. It is being offered jointly with Prace associated members and partners willing to provide storage and associated data services under the Prace umbrella including EUDAT, EU-T0, BSC, CaSToRC, EPCC/EPSRC, and SURFsara. Resources will also be made available to Centres of Excellence (CoE) selected by the EC under the E-INFRA-5-2015 call for proposals. Such centres will not need to apply to Prace for if they are funded by the EC, they will be awarded Prace resources from a reserve.

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