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European HPC ecosystem supports the fight against COVID-19

PRACE has released a list of partner activities and initiatives to help combat COVID-19. While medical professionals are working around the clock to help those affected by COVID- 19, PRACE partners, HPC centres, and research infrastructures are doing their bit by opening up their facilities for urgent/priority access to the HPC systems and other resourcesto support the research to combat the coronavirus.

PRACE has opened a Fast Track Call for Proposals and created a list of initiatives on its website. 

PRACE will keep that updating that page as new information on further initiatives becomes available. Contact PRACE if you want your initiative featured on this page and promoted via its social media channels. The initiatives include details from PRACE partners, research centres, the European Commission and other resources that could be of use to researchers. Details of a small number of these announcements are listed below:

PRACE Partners

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), Germany

GCS, the alliance of Germany’s three national supercomputing centres, will be helping researchers working on COVID-19-related research gain expedited access to computing resources. This includes access to the petascale High-Performance Computing infrastructures at the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ). Read more here.

CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland

CSC is participating in the efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic and reserves resources for activities that support this work. Read more here.

Grand équipement national de calcul intensif (GENCI), France

As part of the research efforts conducted at the national level to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, GENCI provides French academic and industrial researchers with its computing and storage resources for their work in modelling/simulation, data processing, and the use of artificial intelligence. Read more here.

Irish centre for High-Performance Computing (ICHEC), Ireland

ICHEC will expedite access for all scientific and academic research relating to Covid-19 on the national high-performance computer (HPC), “KAY”. Researchers with approved projects will be given fast-track access to HPC. Read more here.

Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum (VSC), Belgium

The last weeks a number of research groups are actively working to fight the COVID-19 epidemic in different ways. Also, an important number of companies have groundbreaking ideas on this topic. VSC, the Flemish Supercomputer Center, as an HPC resource centre, wants to support these efforts by opening a special call for accessing computing resources on the VSC HPC infrastructure for Flemish research. Read more here.

IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, Czech Republic

The IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava offers its users from academic institutions priority access to its computational resources to solve problems regarding COVID-19 disease research. Read more here.

Research Infrastructures


The Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC) provides a fast track access in order to facilitate the research on the COVID-19. Read more here.


Instruct-ERIC offers priority access to groups that need to use their structural biology services for projects directly related to COVID-19 viral proteins. Read more here.


Open collaborative infrastructure to tackle public health emergencies. Read more here.


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