PRACE CollaborationsAt European and international level PRACE strives to establish an HPC ecosystem. Part of this work is to establish networks and co-operations with other scientific, research, industrial and HPC-related projects, programmes and organisations. Below are the current collaborations that PRACE is engaged in.
The Coordination and Support Action (CSA) CASTIEL leads to cross-European networking activities between National Competence Centres (NCCs) in HPC-related topics addressed through the EuroCC project. CASTIEL emphasises training, industrial interaction and cooperation, business development, raising awareness of HPC-related technologies and expertise. As a hub for information exchange and training, CASTIEL promotes networking among NCCs and strengthens idea exchange by developing best practices. The identification of synergies, challenges, and possible solutions is implemented through the close cooperation of the NCCs at a European level.
The European HPC Centres of Excellence (CoEs) constitute the applications-oriented pillar of the European HPC Initiative (complementing infrastructure and computing technology development). FocusCoE contributes to the success of the EU HPC Ecosystem and the EuroHPC Initiative by supporting the EU HPC CoEs to more effectively fulfil their role within the ecosystem and initiative: ensuring that extreme scale applications result in tangible benefits for addressing scientific, industrial or societal challenges. FocusCoE does this by creating an effective platform for the CoEs to coordinate strategic directions and collaboration (addressing possible fragmentation of activities across the CoEs and coordinating interactions with the overall HPC ecosystem) and provides support services for the CoEs in relation to both industrial outreach and promotion of their services and competences by acting as a focal point for users to discover those services. PRACE contributes to FocusCoE in two fields. On one side PRACE supports the industrial interaction with the PRACE SHAPE initiative. On the other side PRACE provides additional support for the interaction with the PRACE training activities and especially the PRACE Training Centres (PTCs).
EEF – European e-Infrastructure Forum
PRACE and XSEDE jointly organised the 2010, 2011 and 2012 “EU-US Summer Schools on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences”, and published a joint call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for Joint Access by International Teams.
In 2013 the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) joined up with PRACE and XSEDE to organise the fourth “International Summer School on HPC Challenges on Computational Sciences” (formerly called the EU-US Summer School series).
In 2014 Compute Canada – Calcul Canada joined the organisation of the “International Summer School on HPC Challenges on Computational Sciences”, becoming the fourth international organiser together with PRACE, XSEDE, and RIKEN.