HPCwire's Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards 2012: PRACE partners receive well-deserved recognition!

Jülich, (PresseBox) - Every year since 2003 at SC (http://sc12.supercomputing.org/) HPCwire announces the winners of the HPCwire Reader's Choice Awards. This year, out of the 7 PRACE partners and systems nominated in 6 categories, 3 received the highest recognition from HPCwire's readers for being among the most outstanding organizations in the HPC domain.

PRACE partners were awarded in the following categories:

Best use of HPC in life sciences The Jülich Supercomputing Center (FZJ/JSC) for using NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to uncover causes of / treatments for autism, Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases. http://www.fz-juelich.de/ias/jsc/DE

Best use of HPC in financial services The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) on NVIDIA Fermi GPUs using CUDA http://www.ichec.ie/ or http://s.ichec.ie/ZA0U5c

Best application of "green computing" in HPC HPCwire Editors awarded the IBM Blue Gene/Q architecture as best application of "green computing" in HPC. The JUQUEEN system hosted by Jülich Supercomputing Center features the IBM Blue Gene/Q architecture. This system is one of the Leadership Computing Systems in PRACE. http://www.fz-juelich.de/ias/jsc/juqueen

Best use of HPC in "edge HPC" application Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif (GENCI), with the CURIE Leadership Computing System (powered by bullx), for the first full universe simulation done by the Observatoire de Paris http://www.genci.fr/

Best HPC server product or technology The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) provides to PRACE (via Gauss Centre for Supercomputing) a Leadership Computing system code-named HERMIT that features the award-winning Cray XE6 technology.

Furthermore, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif (GENCI), and Leibniz Rechenzentrum (LRZ, via Gauss Centre for Supercomputing) provide to PRACE each a Leadership Computing System composed of the award-winning Intel "Sandy Bridge" Xeon CPUs.

The awarding ceremony took place yesterday in Salt Lake City, USA, during the 2012 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC12), the largest High Performance Computing (HPC) conference in the world.

PRACE congratulates its partners on these achievements. Please also visit the PRACE booth while visiting SC12 in Salt Lake City, Utah!

About PRACE The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure (RI) provides a persistent world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry. The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreements n° RI-261557 and n° RI-283493.

Please visit the PRACE website: http://www.prace-ri.eu

Or contact Marjolein Oorsprong, Communications Officer: Telephone: +32 2 613 09 27 E-mail: M.Oorsprong[at]staff.prace-ri.eu

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