Spain becomes the country that allocates more calculation hours to European science

17 October 2017

MareNostrum supercomputer will allocate 475 million core hours to projects selected by PRACE European Infraestructure

Spain will allocate 475 million core hours of its supercomputer MareNostrum to 17 projects led by scientists from seven European countries that have been selected in the last call of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe). This makes the supercomputer of Barcelona Supercomputing Center the largest contributor in number of hours to European research. 

Among the work given computing hours are projects from public research – some of them related to European Comission H2020 Flagships- and projects in cooperation with industry. The project titled “Charge Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells (CATNIP)”, led by Prof. Feliciano Giustino, received 20 million core hours and is one of the two PRACE-awarded projects linked to the FET Graphene Flagship. “High-fidelity LES/DNS simulation of full-span turbine passage” –a project leaded by Cenaero with the collaboration of NUMECA International and the University of Bergamo- is an industry-academia collaboration awarded with 68.5 million core hours. All these projects will run on BSC’s supercomputer from 2 October 2017 to 30 September 2018. 

PRACE awards 400 million core hours to Spanish scientists

Of the 46 proposals awarded in this PRACE call, Spanish scientists were allocated more than 400 million core hours in 11 different projects. “From a total of 14 Spanish eligible proposals, 11 were awarded. This is a great success for the Spanish research community,” says Sergi Girona, BSC Operations department Director and PRACE manager at BSC. This includes the largest allocation of this call, with 122 million core hours awarded to the project titled “Time resolved evolution of the energy-containing scales in turbulent channel flow at Ret=5000 (TREC)”, led by Javier Jiménez Sendín, from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. 

The 16th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access (tier-0) is now open. The deadline for applications is 21 November 2017.