• About PRACE

  • PRACE Research Infrastructure
    – the top level of the European HPC ecosystem –

    PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe was established in 2010 to create a persistent pan-European Research Infrastructure (RI) of world-class supercomputers. This infrastructure is currently made up of six leading edge machines, hosted by four member countries, (France, Germany, Spain and Italy) and accessible through an open peer-review process, complemented by national resources operated and accessible via High Performance Computing (HPC) centres throughout Europe. This partnership powers excellent science and engineering in academia and industry, addressing society’s grand challenges. Open to all disciplines of research, and industry for open R&D, the PRACE infrastructure is a vital catalyst in fostering European competitiveness. To keep pace with the dynamic needs of a variety of scientific communities and numerous technical changes and developments, PRACE hosting members’ systems are continuously updated and upgraded to make most advanced HPC technologies accessible to European scientists and industry. PRACE is a Belgian international not for profit organisation (aisbl) with its seat in Brussels.

    The PRACE research infrastructure includes supercomputers in all major architectural classes. This PRACE peer-review process is overseen by the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) composed of leading European researchers who advise on scientific and technical matters. Industrial users, with head offices or substantial R&D activity located in Europe, are eligible to apply and undergo the same review. The PRACE Access Committee ranks awarded projects and guides resource allocation. An Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC), composed of representatives from multinational and small enterprises from eleven industrial sectors, assists PRACE on maximising HPC usage to foster European competitiveness and economic growth. 

    PRACE receives user feedback via the PRACE User Forum, an independent forum where users discuss and share their experience.


    The following set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), approved by the PRACE Council in 2014, allow for a deeper analysis and evaluation of PRACE’s achievements and successes.

  • Featured ImageResearch Survey Women in HPC (About PRACE Announcements)

    Athina Frantzana, a PhD student in EPCC (Edinburgh Parallel Computer Centre) at the University of Edinburgh, UK and member of the WHPC (Women in High Performance Computing) network is currently working on understanding the obstacles facing women in the HPC community and how to improve equality. The main objective of the research is to quantify […]

  • Featured Image4th ENES Workshop on High Performance Computing for Climate and Weather (About PRACE HPC Related Events)

    The ESiWACE “Centre of Excellence in Simulation of Weather and Climate in Europe”, and the IS-ENES2 “Infrastructure for the European Network of Earth System Modelling Phase 2” projects are jointly organizing the 4th ENES Workshop on High Performance Computing for Climate and Weather that will take place in  Toulouse (France) on April 6th and 7th, 2016.

  • Collaborations (About PRACE)

    PRACE Collaborations At 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. PRACE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with: GÉANT  – […]

  • Statistics (About PRACE)

    The Council of PRACE has unanimously approved the publication of various PRACE user statistics. The tables and graphs below represent the awarded projects per country, and the awarded hours per country. PRACE will update these statistics periodically, adding information on each successive Call for Proposals as it becomes available.

    Last update: May 2013

  • How to become a member (Members)

    If your organisation wants to become a Member of PRACE, please contact the PRACE Board of Directors: bod (at) prace-ri.eu

  • Updates of Member Systems (Members)

    This page was created in reply to the PRACE Council Action 2012-07-1: BoD should compile the new systems installed by all members and publish this continuously in the PRACE website.

    PRACE Members are invited to send information on their new systems as soon as it becomes available to:

    Marjolein Oorsprong
    Communications Officer
    PRACE aisbl
    Rue du Trône 98
    1050 Bruxelles, BELGIUM
    Tel.: +32 2 613 09 27
    E-mail: M.Oorsprong (at) staff.prace-ri.eu