PRACE granted computing resources for Finnish researchers

Researchers based in Finland were successful in the 18th PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) Call for Proposals. This call received 51 eligible proposals, of which 36 were awarded with computing resources from some of Europe's most powerful computers after a rigorous scientific and technical peer review process.

PRACE awarded 35,4 million CPU hours for a joint project "Novel Nanocatalysts from Ligand-Stabilized Metal Nanoclusters" of Academy professor Hannu Häkkinen and professor Karoliina Honkala at the University of Jyväskylä's Nanoscience Center. The project will use the MareNostrum supercomputer which is hosted by Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Barcelona, Spain, for large-scale density functional theory calculations and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate chemical reactions catalysed by atomically precise, ligand-stabilized metal nanoclusters.

Professor Karoliina Honkala and Academy professor Hannu Häkkinen were granted computing resources for their research project in the 18th PRACE Call for Proposals. Image: University of Jyväskylä.

– This is already the fourth significant supercomputing grant that my group has received through competitive evaluation of the proposals in the PRACE since 2012. Professor Honkala and I look forward to combining our expertise on ligand-stabilized metal nanoclusters and computational catalysis, and to intensify collaborations to our partners doing experimental research on these nanocatalysts in China and in the Netherlands, says Häkkinen.

In addition to this grant, two other projects with researchers based in Finland were granted computing resources in this PRACE call.

Mika Juvela (University of Helsinki) is part of professor Paolo Padoan's international research group which was awarded 16,5 million CPU hours for the project "SuperStars – Self-consistent Supernova Driven Star Formation". These CPU hours were granted for the Joliot Curie supercomputer operated by GENCI/CEA in France.

In addition, Stuart McAlpine (University of Helsinki) is part of professor Richard Bower's project: "EAGLE-XL: simulating galaxy formation across the Universe". This project was granted 40 million CPU hours also from the Joliot Curie supercomputer in France.

To date, research projects with affiliation in Finland have received almost 817 CPU hours from PRACE.

Now is the time to apply for PRACE resources

The PRACE 19th Call for Proposals for Project Access started on 5 March 2019, and will be open until 30 April 2019, 10:00 CEST.

This is a great opportunity to apply for high-performance resources from Europe's fastest, Tier-0-class supercomputers. In this call, 10% of the total resources available are reserved for industrial applicants.

CSC will be pleased to help in preparing applications, especially in the technical aspects like scalability requirements. Please contact CSC's Development Manager Jussi Heikonen (jussi.heikonen(at), tel. +358 50 381 9808) for further information.

CSC represents Finland in PRACE and also hosts one of the PRACE Training Centres.


Read more:

PRACE's press release about the 18th Call for Proposals results.
More detailed information about the projects awarded in the 18th Call.