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More PRACE Success for Irish Researchers

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Posted on 5 November 2009

In addition to the two ICHEC users (Dr. Niall English and Dr. Turlough Downes) who have been granted access to the PRACE prototype systems, ICHEC is pleased to announce that three more research groups in Ireland were successful in the second round of applications for access. These groups are led by Dr. Damien Thompson (Tyndall National Institute), Prof. James (Jim) Greer (Tyndall National Institute) and Prof. Gary McGuire (University College Dublin). We offer our congratulations to all those involved and look forward to working with them in the future.

These developments represent fantastic news for Irish computational science. Out of a total of 9 projects funded Europe-wide from the first two rounds for PRACE access, 5 were from Irish researchers, and impressively they have collectively been awarded c. 8.7 million core-hours, or 97% of the total awarded (on Blue Gene P, Cray XT5/XTn, IBM Power 6 and NEC Vector SX/9 + x86 systems) - compute resources equivalent to a 1,000 core cluster running for a full year!

The PRACE project is a European body that aims to co-ordinate access to the very largest computer systems at a European level. The systems are prototypes for future petascale HPC systems to be installed in Europe. If you are interested in applying for a future round of the PRACE Prototype access scheme information can be found here. ICHEC is the representative body for Ireland within PRACE and our staff will be glad to help with the preparation of applications. You may contact us at info@ichec.ie or visit us at the HPC Hub.

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