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Science and Industry join hands: 1st Meeting of the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee

(PresseBox) (Bruxelles, ) On 3 September 2013 the newly formed PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) held its first meeting at the PRACE offices in Brussels. This new PRACE body was formed, following the decision of the PRACE Council in October 2012, to gather strategic input from top executives from industry, who are able to advise PRACE on directions best suited to industrial needs and who can work to identify adequate access models. The overall goal of the IAC is to stimulate the use of HPC and advanced numerical simulation in industry.

The IAC counts 12 seats: 11 full members from different industrial sectors and one observer from ETP4HPC. At the inaugural meeting, Mr. Jürgen Kohler, Head of NVH CAE and Vehicle Concepts at Daimler AG, was elected Chair, while Mr. Anders Rhod Gregersen, Senior Specialist at Vestas Wind Systems, took the position of Vice-Chair.

Ms. Catherine Rivière, Chair of the PRACE Council described the meeting as an "opening of paths towards synergy and added value through mutual support."

"PRACE expects to benefit greatly from the advice of this body and will in return support industrial Open R&D projects with world-class HPC resources for sustained European competitiveness," she added.

The IAC Chair will serve as the linking pin between the European Industrial community and the PRACE Council, a function taken up with serious interest by Mr. Kohler, who said that "HPC resources are vital for sustaining - and growing - European competitiveness in large-scale industry as well as in SMEs. I am already looking forward to the first PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference in May next year, where the IAC will be hosted by PRACE alongside the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee and the PRACE User Forum. This event will provide excellent opportunities for science and industry to join hands - virtually and in reality."


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 http://www.prace-ri .eu