XSEDE, PRACE call for requests of joint support

XSEDE and PRACE, major research infrastructures, providing peer-reviewed access to high-end HPC resources and services in the United States and Europe, respectively, are now exploring options to extend collaborative efforts to other activities that effectively support research teams spanning the US and Europe. One of these options is the provisioning of interoperable services; this is a call to invite research teams that are using both infrastructures--or will be interested in doing so in the future--to express their requirements for such interoperable services.

The two research infrastructures will support research teams for setting up the required interoperability if a clear benefit is to be expected from the new facilities. Resource allocations are not part of this call, however allocations for testing purposes will be possible.

This call for requesting support complements the call of last year which was targeted at Expressions of Interest for potential joint allocation of resources. From that call it became clear that there is great interest in the enabling of the interoperable facilities of the two infrastructures. This call will give all interested research teams the opportunity to express their interest in the enhancement of interoperability and indicate interest in collaborative support opportunities with both XSEDE and PRACE.

The XSEDE Senior Management Team and the PRACE Board of Directors invite requests for support for such joint activities by XSEDE and PRACE. The request should target the enhancement of the interoperability between XSEDE and PRACE. The selected proposals will receive support both from XSEDE and PRACE-3IP project in order to improve the interoperability. For testing the implemented solutions on the XSEDE and PRACE systems time can be requested.

Requests for Support should be submitted to prace-xsede@prace-ri.eu or prace-xsede@xsede.org before January 31, 2014. They should be no longer than two pages and should address the following points.

  1. Identify the collaborating teams in the US and Europe.
  2. The technical challenges facing the collaborating teams as justification for suggested activity.
  3. A list of involved XSEDE/PRACE centers including the confirmation of the feasibility and acceptance of the proposed work
  4. The justification for access to resources in both the US and Europe, where applicable.
  5. What effort the collaborating teams can provide to participate in the collaborative support activity and an estimation of expected support.
  6. Mechanisms for monitoring progress and reviewing outcomes.

Up to three applications may be selected for a supporting period of up to six months starting on April 1, 2014. Each successful application will be supported with up to three person month's effort provided by XSEDE and/or PRACE personnel.

XSEDE and PRACE will assess the proposals based on the following criteria

  • Potential impact of proposed interoperable service
  • Technical feasibility
  • Commitment of the proposing groups to contribute to the effort
  • Required effort by XSEDE and PRACE teams

Based on this assessment and available resources, XSEDE and PRACE will select applications for support. Applicants will be informed by March 15, 2014 about the result of the assessment, including reasons for selection or rejection.


The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. It is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. XSEDE accelerates scientific discovery by enhancing the productivity of researchers, engineers, and scholars by deepending and extending the use of XSEDE's ecosystem of advanced digital services and by advancing and sustaining the XSEDE advanced digital infrastructure. XSEDE is a five-year, $121-million project and is supported by the National Science Foundation.


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 www.prace-ri.eu