Austria joined as Member PRACE



PRACE is delighted to announce that Austria has joined the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and will be the 26th Member.

The PRACE Council is very pleased to welcome Austria as member of PRACE and is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration. By joining PRACE, Austria gives a strong signal that it supports the scientific and industrial application of HPC at the highest level. The Austrian research community will benefit in many ways for having access to the tip of the European HPC ecosystem.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert, Chair of the PRACE Council.

For Austria Prof. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Christoph Dellago (University of Vienna) is Council Delegate and Univ. Prof. Dr. Alexander Ostermann (University of Innsbruck) is Council Adviser.The PRACE membership is an important step for Austrian high performance community.

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research appointed the ACONET Association (steering committee for the Austrian NREN ACOnet) as Austrian representative in the PRACE Council. The NREN ACOnet (Austrian Academic Computer Network) is operated by the University of Vienna, in cooperation with other participating organisations.

The main purpose of ACOnet is to provide a powerful and resilient national backbone network infrastructure and excellent connectivity to the European and global science, research and education community through GÉANT. ACOnet is a scientific network that provides primarily support for public institutions in the fields of research, education and culture.

The Austrian PRACE membership, made possible by a consortium of Austrian Universities, represented by the ACONET Association, that have joined forces under the auspices of Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, is a very significant step that offers tremendous opportunities for the Austrian scientific community. Now, Austrian researchers will have access to Europe’s most powerful supercomputers to address complex questions at the vanguard of their fields in science and engineering. Equally important, the Austrian PRACE membership will help to enhance the training for early stage researchers at Austrian institutions and strengthen ties between Austrian scientists and the European HPC community.

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Christoph Dellago (University of Vienna).

This article was first published on on Wednesday 11 July 2018.


The mission of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is to enable high-impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. 

PRACE seeks to realise this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process. 

PRACE aisbl is funded by the PRACE Members The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020).

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