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11 November 2018 - 16 November 2018


11 November 2018
16 November 2018
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PRACE – The European HPC Infrastructure at SC18

PRACE was pleased to be part of the 30th edition of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC18), in Dallas, Texas from 12 to 15 November 2018.

Serge Bogaerts, PRACE Managing Director opened the PRACE booth #2033 with a welcome talk during the Exhibition Opening Gala on Monday 12 November.

During the three days of the exhibition, more than 300 visitors visited the booth. The team had interesting talks with the attendees and explained to them the various PRACE activities such as Peer Review and Training.

Highlights from this year’s PRACE presence at SC18 include:

On Wednesday afternoon, a Birds of Feather session entitled “Big Data Challenge – How to Engage with Large Scale Facilities?” was organised with the involvement of PRACE (Europea), Pawsey (Australia), CHPC (South Africa) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (United States). This session offered the attendees an opportunity to discuss the multi-layer requirements of Large Scale Facilities (LSF) for past, current and future projects.

For the first time SC18 organised a High-School Students Tour, which passed by the PRACE booth and was welcomed by two representatives of PRACE Training and the booth team on Wednesday afternoon.

“Get in the Zone! #EuroZoneSC18” was the slogan for the first EuroZone initiative to increase the visibility of European organisations presents at the SC18 Exhibition to the attendees.

For the third time PRACE had a joint booth with EXDCI.

The PRACE booth team is looking forward to welcome the SC attendees again next year from 18 to 21 November 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

PRACE receives HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice – Best Use of HPC in Energy award

The distinguished HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award, in the category “Best Use of HPC in Energy” was presented to PRACE, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), and GENCI at the 2018 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC18), in Dallas, Texas. Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire, personally handed over the award to representatives from PRACE – Serge Bogaerts (PRACE Managing Director); BSC – Sergi Girona (BSC Operations Director) and GENCI – Stéphane Requena (Directeur Technique & Innovation – GENCI), at the PRACE booth (#2033).

PRACE is pleased to receive this prestigious award from the readers of HPCwire. It is a priority for PRACE to support excellent pioneering research which has a potentially significant impact to our society and strengthens European competitiveness.

Serge Bogaerts, PRACE Managing Director.

A French research team led by Dr. Benjamin Rotenberg, CNRS – including la Maison de la Simulation (CNRS/CEA/INRIA/Univ. Paris-Saclay), PHENIX (Sorbonne Université/CNRS) and CIRIMAT (University of Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier /CNRS), used molecular simulations to improve processes for “Blue Energy”, a potential significant source of global electricity. Blue energy is the free energy lost when salty sea water and less salty river water meet and mix in estuaries.

A PRACE allocation of 22.1 million core hours on the MareNostrum supercomputer, hosted at BSC (Spain), and a GENCI allocation of 7.8 million core hours on the Curie supercomputer (hosted at TGCC, CEA, France) were used to run this pioneering project.

We are very happy to receive this award as it is rewarding an initiative initiated 5 years ago in the framework of a collaboration between la Maison de la Simulation and the PHENIX laboratory (CNRS and Sorbonne University), which aims to bring together physicists-chemists and HPC engineers. We can now simulate much more complex systems because our code is now adapted not only to GENCI French supercomputers, but also to European supercomputers of PRACE such as BSC.

Benjamin Rotenberg, CNRS senior scientist.

PRACE receives HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice – Best Use of HPC in Energy award
PRACE receives HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice – Best Use of HPC in Energy award

BSC is glad that the Spanish commitment to PRACE allows European scientists to achieve outstanding scientific results enabled by large allocations on the Spanish supercomputer MareNostrum.

Sergi Girona, BSC Operations Director.

The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community. These awards are revealed each year to kick off the annual supercomputing conference, which showcases high performance computing, networking, storage, and data analysis.

GENCI together with PRACE work to enable the best scientific projects from French and European researchers access the best supercomputers at European level available through the PRACE infrastructure. We also would like to congratulate the entire French research team led by Benjamin Rotenberg, CNRS senior scientist, who has made a superb breakthrough in the field of osmotic energy, thanks to a GENCI national allocation and then a PRACE allocation on BSC MareNostrum supercomputer.

Philippe Lavocat, CEO GENCI.

Read on: EE Power, National Resources Review, The Government and Business Journal