PRACE Summer of HPC 2018: Award Ceremony at Jülich Supercomputing Centre



The 2018 PRACE SoHPC Award Ceremony was held on 23 October at Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), Germany. Two out of 23 remarkable students were awarded prizes based on their performance and outreach during the programme.

The PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) programme, now in its sixth year, allows 23 university students from all scientific disciplines to spend eight weeks of study hosted by a PRACE partner organisation. PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, has 26 member countries whose representative organisations create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure. The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are provided by 5 PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, CSCS/ETH Zurich representing Switzerland, GCS representing Germany, and GENCI representing France).

In addition to allowing students to work on research projects in a multidisciplinary and international environment, the aim of the SoHPC programme is to promote and disseminate scientific culture among the upcoming generation of researchers, making sure that students participating in the project will be the computational scientists of tomorrow.

Furthermore, through the sharing of their experience in blog posts and video presentations the programme aims to ensure that the students themselves become ambassadors of supercomputing at their respective institutions.

SoHPC is the first step of PRACE’s commitment in fostering HPC, in training HPC specialists, and promoting simulation science. The systems we provide are important, but at the same level, or even more important for PRACE, is the training programme.

Florian Berberich (Project Management Officer of the PRACE Implementation Phase (IP) Projects).

PRACE wishes to inspire and encourage the next generation of software engineers, system administrators and generate users of HPC systems, in order to keep Europe at the forefront of supercomputing.

Leon Kos (Coordinator of the SoHPC within the 5th PRACE IP Project).

Caption: From left to right: Florian Berberich, Conor O’Mara, Sukhminder Singh, Ivo Kabadshow

This year’s winners, Conor O’Mara and Sukhminder Singh, who presented their SoHPC experience at the ceremony along with the presentations of Florian Berberich (Project Management Officer of the PRACE Implementation Phase (IP) Projects) and Ivo Kabadshow (JSC Coordinator of SoHPC).

Conor and Sukhminder received a voucher of € 1 500 for attending an HPC conference of their choice.

Caption: From the left: Conor O’Mara, Sukhminder Singh

PRACE Summer of HPC 2018 Best Performance Award: Sukhminder Singh

Sukhminder excelled in a useful and technically demanding project and presented his work in a confident manner. His blog posts and project video were well prepared and aimed to attract people and educate them about HPC systems.

Video presentation:

PRACE Summer of HPC 2018 HPC Ambassador Award: Conor O’Mara

Conor has worked well on his project and has shown a genuine desire to tell people about HPC in a clear scientific and comprehensive manner. He was an active blogger, telling us about his project and time at EPCC, Edinburg. Furthermore, his project video was well presented and understandable.

Video presentation:

More information about the Summer of HPC programme and how to apply can be found on the programme’s website:

This article was first published on on Monday 5 November 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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