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PRACE@SC15

15 November 2015 - 20 November 2015

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Start:
15 November 2015
End:
20 November 2015
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http://sc15.supercomputing.org/

PRACE – The European HPC Infrastructure at SC15

There was a lot of activity at PRACE’s booth (#247) during SC15 on 15-20 November in Austin, Texas.

Our experts were on hand to speak about PRACE activities, partners, training, projects and much, much more! Participants tested their racing skills in our new car racing video game developed by IT4I and PRACE Summer of HPC students and won a PRACE T-Shirt. The game is designed to illustrate to young students what can be done with high performance computing. The goal of the game is to change the shape of the car to achieve better aerodynamics… and of course to win!

Josefina Lenis from the University of Oregon, Thomas Schmid, NTNU and Barbara Storaasli, of Synective Labs won a PEBBLE Smartwatch in the traditional PRACE Treasure Hunt. Contestants answered questions about PRACE, collected 4 badges at our partners’ booths and returned to the PRACE booth to enter the three drawings, held on Tuesday 17 November, Wednesday 18 November and Thursday 19 November.

During the SC15 PRACE Open R&D for Industry was awarded in the category: Readers’ Choice Best HPC Collaboration between Academia and Industry. Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire, presented the Award to Sanzio Bassini, Chair of the PRACE Council, Alison Kennedy, Chair of the PRACE Board of Directors, and Stéphane Requena, Member of the PRACE Board of Directors at the PRACE booth.

Furthermore it is to highlight the organisation of Women in HPC recognized by HPCwire Readers’ Choice Award for Leadership in Workforce Diversity. As well GCS member centre High Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS), a PRACE hosting centre, has received top honours in the 2015 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards in the category “Best Use of HPC in Automotive”.

Before SC’15 opened their doors the prestigious ACM Gordon Bell Prize announced the finalists. This year Joost VandeVondele and Petros Koumoutsakos researchers from PRACE Member ETH Zurich who are also both members of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) are each involved with one of the project teams.

Highlights included:

Women in HPC Recognized by HPCwire Readers’ Choice Award for Leadership in Workforce Diversity

The Women in HPC Organization (WHPC) was acknowledged for their efforts to bring recognition to the issue of diversity in HPC, as voted on by the readers of HPCwire. WHPC has been awarded the HPCwire Readers’ Choice for Workforce Diversity Leadership, presented at the 2015 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC15). PRACE extends it congratulations to WHPC and is proud to take an active role in promoting and collaborating with this initiative, such as the recent publication of the 2015 PRACE Digest, dedicated entirely to Women in HPC and the Women in HPC Magazine.
We are very honoured to receive this recognition from our peers within the HPC community and the editors of HPCwire. We started this organization to bring awareness to the lack of diversity in the technical fields in the UK. We are thrilled that we are receiving international recognition for our efforts. Alison Kennedy, a member of the PRACE Board of Directors Executive Director of WHPC.

PRACE Receives Honors in 2015 HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards

Annual HPCwire Awards Awarded to Leaders in the Global HPC Community. Each year these distinguished awards recognize the most outstanding individuals and organizations in the industry as voted for by the readers of HPCwire. This year the innovative European programme for industrial access to leading-edge HPC resources supported by PRACE – PRACE Open R&D – was awarded.

PRACE Open R&D for Industry was awarded in the category: Readers’ Choice Best HPC Collaboration between Academia and Industry

PRACE’s Open R&D HPC access program for industrial and scientific projects which so far has awarded more than 50 industrial projects for a total of almost 400 million core hours to close to 40 different companies.

Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire, presented the Award to Sanzio Bassini, Chair of the PRACE Council, Alison Kennedy, Chair of the PRACE Board of Directors, and Stéphane Requena, Member of the PRACE Board of Directors, live during SC’15 in Austin, TX at PRACE booth.

PRACE is delighted and proud to receive this award from the readers of HPCwire for the second year running in recognition of our continuing work in bringing the benefits of HPC to European industry. Last year we received the award for our SHAPE programme for SMEs. This year’s award recognises the impact which the full range of PRACE access schemes and services have delivered to industry, increasing European competitiveness in global markets.

Alison Kennedy.

Oriol Pineda, Alison Kennedy, Tom Tabor (CEO of HPCwire), Florian Berberich, Stephane Requena

The PRACE Open R&D HPC access programme saw its next instalment with the opening of the third SHAPE Call on 16 November 2015.

Jürgen Kohler, Chair of the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee remarked that the uptake of HPC in European industry has been on the rise in recent years and continues to grow.

I am pleased to see that the efforts of PRACE to support HPC in European industry on all levels – from SMEs to large multinationals – is recognised also by the international HPC community.

Eric Landel, leading expert modelisation and numerical simulation at Renault SAS, France, one of the largest users of HPC through PRACE, commented:

Using PRACE resources allows us to explore our future possibilities, and at the same time measure our internal needs. Numerical simulation represents the largest quote for recruitment at Renault; it is a strategic and prioritised sector.

High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart Receives 2015 HPCwire Award for Best Use of HPC in Automotive

GCS member centre High Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS), a PRACE hosting centre, has received top honours in the 2015 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, which were presented at the 2015 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC15) in Austin, Texas. HLRS has been recognized as HPCwire Readers’ Choice in the category “Best Use of HPC in Automotive” for a project executed by HLRS in cooperation with data storage supplier DataDirect Networks (DDN) and the Automotive Simulation Center Stuttgart (ASCS).

2015 HPCwire Award for Best Use of HPC in Automotive