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GCS Selected as PRACE Advanced HPC Training Centre


Berlin/Germany, February 2, 2012 – The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), Germany’s Tier-0 supercomputing institution, has been selected as one of six official PRACE Advanced Training Centres (PATC). PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, aims at boosting High Performance Computing (HPC) on a European level by making world class HPC infrastructure available to the European research community. By establishing PATCs, this ambitious mission is driven one step further as providing high-level training and education opportunities will enable scientists to best utilize the top-tier computational infrastructure available through PRACE. GCS emerged as the best equipped and most qualified PATC from the selection process set up by PRACE.

„German research centres with their excellent computer infrastructure have repeatedly been at the cutting edge of technology,” says Prof. Dr. Heinz-Gerd Hegering, chairman of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. “HPC is vital for Germany’s and Europe's competitiveness, for innovation capabilities in industry and science. However, competitiveness also means being skilled. That’s where GCS and the PATCs come into play. Providing first class training opportunities for researchers and scientists to enable them maximize efficiency and research output on supercomputing systems will ultimately help further Germany’s leading role in European HPC.“

GCS, who came out of the qualifying process as top rated PATC, excelled due to its comprehensive course program, its large pool of local trainers, and due to the expertise and experience of these trainers. The GCS courses are provided according to the PATC mandate “The PRACE Advanced Training Centres will serve as European hubs of advanced, worldclass training for researchers working in the computational sciences.” Most GCS courses are open for all interested researchers in Europe and also for non-European applicants. In 2010 and 2011 alone, GCS provided in total 116 national and international courses and tutorials. More than 50 trainers with a training experience of 330+ trainer-years enabled these training programs.

In addition to GCS, the following five sites were recognized as the first PRACE Advanced Training Centres: Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain), CINECA - Consorzio Interuniversitario (Italy), CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd (Finland), EPCC at the University of Edinburgh (UK), and Maison de la Simulation (France). These six PATCs complement each other in terms of geographical location, available system infrastructure and architecture as well as training contents offered. The PATCs will be assessed every two years in a rigorous technical and scientific peer review process, thus the geographical locations of European centres may and will vary over time. Training events may also be organized at locations external to PATC hosting sites.

The PRACE initiatives are supported by the EC whose ambition it is to seriously step up efforts to ensure European leadership in both the supply and in the use of HPC infrastructure and services. Contemporary HPC systems offer unprecedented computing power with constantly evolving architectures. Enabling scientists and programmers to optimize efficiency and research output on such systems is the challenge addressed by the PATCs, whose longterm vision is to become the hubs and key drivers of European high-performance computing training.

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About GCS:

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) consolidates the three national supercomputing centres HLRS (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart), JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Centre), and LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching) into Germany’s Tier-0 Supercomputing institution. Concertedly, the three centres provide the largest and most powerful supercomputer infrastructure in Europe to serve a wide range of industrial and research activities in various disciplines. They also provide top-class training and education for the national as well as the European High Performance Computing (HPC) community. GCS is the German member of PRACE (Partnership for Advance Computing in Europe), an international non-profit association consisting of 24 member countries, whose representative organizations create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for largescale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level.

GCS has its headquarters in Berlin/Germany.

About PRACE:

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international nonprofit association with its seat in Brussels/Belgium. The PRACE Research Infrastructure (RI) provides a persistent world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry. The PRACE leadership systems form the apex of the performance pyramid and are well integrated into the European HPC ecosystem. PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreements n° RI-261557 and n° RI-283493.


Regina Weigand, GCS Public Relations
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This press release as pdf file:
 Press Release 04/2012: GCS Selected as PRACE Advanced HPC Training Centre (PDF, 125 kB)