Preparatory Access: Information for Awarded Projects

Award of resources

The awarding of Preparatory Access proposals is limited by the amount of resources available. The systems and schemes available will be regularly updated on the PRACE website. For those proposals with a positive technical evaluation, awarding will be based on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the final submission date.

For Type C and D, there are also limitations regarding the availability of the support from PRACE experts, in terms of staff hours, and the type of expertise required. The expertise is provided by PRACE Hosting Members, and may not be available for certain research fields. If the requested support is not available from PRACE experts, the proposal will be rejected.

Terms of access

The Project Leader, also known as Principal Investigator (PI), shall lead the project and is expected to be an essential participant in its activities. The PI will have the overall responsibility for the management of the project and interactions with PRACE.

When accepting PRACE resources, awardees commit to:

  • Provide a final report to PRACE, for each Tier-0 system awarded, using the proper PRACE template, with the results obtained through the access to the PRACE Tier-0 system, as well as a qualitative feedback on the use of the resources. This report needs to be provided within the period established in the guide for applicants . Type D proposals only have to provide one final report with the combined information of the granted Tier-0 and Tier-1 resources.
  • For Type C and Type D projects the project related PRACE expert is encouraged to publish the technical details of the optimization work within a white paper on the PRACE White Papers webpate.

Reporting

The users must commit to provide a final report to PRACE,  for each Tier-0 system awarded, using the proper PRACE template, with the results obtained through the access to the PRACE Tier-0 system, as well as a qualitative feedback on the use of the resources.

This report needs to be submitted to PRACE Peer-Review – peer-review[at]prace-ri.eu.

Final reports for Preparatory Access must be submitted by the end of the allocation period.

Type D proposals only have to provide one final report with the combined information of the granted Tier-0 and Tier-1 resources.

Failure to submit a final report may disqualify future proposal submissions to PRACE HPC Access calls by any member of the research group.

The templates for the final report are available for download:

Dissemination

Applicants allow PRACE to publish the final report of the project as of one year from the end date of the allocation period. Applicants commit to collaborate with PRACE, upon its request, in the preparation of dissemination material.

The applicant commits to not use the project results for military purposes.

Extension

According to the PRACE Guide for Applicants “The total awarded resources (total computer time and/or expert support) cannot be changed”.

If you are unable to use your awarded resources due to a technical problem, please let the PRACE Peer-Review team (peer-review[at]prace-ri.eu) know as soon as possible and in any case during the allocation period.

Acknowledgement

Applicants must acknowledge PRACE in all publications that describe results obtained using PRACE resources.

Acknowledgement should be made of the role of the HPC Centre and PRACE and of the relevant partners involved in the pilot use case for joint data storage in all publications which include the results above mentioned.

Users shall use the following wording in such acknowledgement in all such papers and other publications:

We acknowledge PRACE for awarding us access to [resource-name hosted by at site, country].

Use as many instances of the pattern [resource-name hosted by at site, country] as the number of systems awarded via PRACE.

Please follow these examples:

  • Curie at GENCI@CEA, France
  • Hazel Hen at GCS@HLRS, Germany
  • Marconi at CINECA, Italy
  • MareNostrum at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Spain
  • Piz Daint at CSCS, Switzerland
  • SuperMUC at GCS@LRZ, Germany