PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is an international non-profit association which seeks to enhance European competitiveness in High Performance Computing (HPC) for the benefit of society by offering persistent world-class HPC services and data management resources for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. Each of the member countries of this association has to select a representative organisation with the aim of helping the development of a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure.
Due to its reputation and national expertise in the HPC and Big Data domains, the University of Luxembourg has received the support from all public research centres in Luxembourg and has been chosen by the Ministry for Higher Education and Research (MESR) to represent the country within PRACE. At the 27th PRACE Council Meeting, held in Amsterdam on 17 October 2017, the PRACE members unanimously approved the application of Luxembourg, which became at that occasion the 25th country to join PRACE (PDF). Prof. Pascal Bouvry and Dr Sébastien Varrette respectively serve as Delegate and Advisor on the PRACE Council to represent the country.
Later on, on February 12th 2018, Robert Kerger, advisor at the Ministry for Higher Education and Research (MESR) representing Luxembourg in the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), and Serge Bogaerts, Managing Director of PRACE, were welcomed for an official visit of the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility at the University of Luxembourg on 12 February 2018.