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GCS is one of Europe’s major promotors of HPC on a European level. GCS’s continuous efforts to pursue the idea of a pan-European HPC infrastructure eventually initiated the foundation of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. PRACE has 25 member countries (October 2012) whose representative organizations are creating a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level.

PRACE has two forms of members:

  • Members – a government organization or legal entity representing a government. The PRACE RI accepts only one member per Member State of the European Union or of an associated country as described in article 217 of the European Union Treaty. Further, to be eligible as a PRACE RI member the legal entity must be responsible for the provisioning of HPC resources and associated services.
  • Hosting Members are members who have committed to fund and deliver PRACE RI computing and data management resources at a level of at least 100 M€ over a period of five years.

GCS is a Hosting Member of PRACE.

More information on PRACE can be found on the PRACE home page.