PRACE Preparatory Access passes 3-year cap in bloom

Bruxelles, (PresseBox) - Since 2010, PRACE offers a specific call for proposals called Preparatory Access to enable academic and industrial scientists and researchers to develop, test and scale out their applications to run successfully on world-class supercomputers. With three types of access, tailored to the needs of the users, the continuous call for proposals for Preparatory Access forms a gateway to Europe's most capable systems.

PRACE offers 3 types of Preparatory Access (PA): Type A for code scalability tests, type B for code development and optimisation and type C for code development and optimisation with the support of PRACE experts. PRACE Preparatory Access is a continuous Call for Proposals with a cut-off date every 3 months, and is based on a light and quick process for allowing access to Tier-0 resources. All 6 PRACE Tier-0 systems (Curie in France, Fermi in Italy, MareNostrum in Spain, and Hermit, JUQUEEN and SuperMUC in Germany) are available for Preparatory Access.

Since the start of PRACE in 2010 (first PA cut-off was in December 2010), the popularity of Preparatory Access has steadily grown. As a proof, the most recent - 15th - cut-off accepted a record of 40 proposals (17 type A, 15 type B, and 8 type C), including 3 projects from large industrial companies (2 from PSA-Peugeot-Citroën, France in automotive and 1 from RTE-Réseau de Transport d'Electricité, France in modelling smart networks in electricity) and 5 from SMEs though the dedicated PRACE SHAPE programme toward the increased use of HPC by European SME.

Preparatory Access is also very important for enabling and supporting large-scale scientific communities and European initiatives. In that sense a proposal from the Human Brain Project flagship (HBP) called Brainomics was also accepted for optimising data integration in neuro-imaging and genomic data.

The 15th cut-off also welcomes Albania: a project with headed by a scientist from the University of Tirana has been allocated PRACE resources for the first time.

More information and statistics about Preparatory Access, as well as Project Access will be made available in the PRACE Annual Report 2013, which will be presented at the PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference (PRACEdays14) on 20, 21 and 22 May 2014 in Barcelona.

Useful links:
Preparatory Access:
Human Brain Project:


The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are provided by 4 PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreements RI-261557, RI-283493 and RI-312763. For more information, see

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