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Joliot-Curie: the most powerful supercomputer dedicated to research in France

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a world wide leader in electronic transformation, and GENCI, the French national large-functionality computing organization, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing electrical power is the most impressive supercomputer in France devoted to academic and industrial open research, and the third most impressive research computer system in Europe, in accordance to the TOP500 ranking posted on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-design operate carried out by the CEA with Atos for much more than 20 many years*, and which created it attainable to define present-day electrical power computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in 34th posture in the TOP500 and is driven by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 platform and the newest AMD Rome processors.

Practically a person calendar year on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now working at entire speed for the last six months and has been extensively made use of in in excess of a dozen academic and industrial fields such as climate, astrophysics, geophysics, large fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and materials homes, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Really Huge Computing Centre (TGCC), this extraordinary machine has proven its abilities to offer urgent computing access to huge scale HPC assets in the struggle against COVID-19 less than 2 months immediately after becoming launched in production, thanks also to strong assist furnished by CEA specialists who established up the vital setting to run and post-approach efficiently COVID-19 simulations.

As portion of the PRACE (Partnership for State-of-the-art Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Quick Keep track of contact and the national urgent COVID-19 calls from GENCI, European experts have becoming utilizing French supercomputer assets to electrical power 36 COVID-19 assignments with 18 of these functioning on Joliot-Curie, delivering scientific final results made use of to speed up and assist community decision-producing for the struggle against Covid-19 and speed up the growth of a treatment centered on an optimum knowledge of the virus.

Considering that January 2020, Joliot-Curie now offers an in depth computing electrical power with much more than 440,000 large functionality x86 cores in approximately 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the very first supercomputer mounted around the world with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 collection processors integrated in Atos’ newest BullSequana XH2000, which characteristics DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized vitality-productive platform.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, mentioned: “With its modular and balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is a person of the most-made use of units in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are genuinely happy to be equipped to offer you such computing electrical power to European scientists, in specific in the struggle against COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Massive Info & HPC at Atos in France, extra: “Just about every new Top500 ranking underlines the immediate rate of innovation in the subject of High Overall performance Computing. With six supercomputers, like Joliot Curie, we are happy to be rated amid the top rated 50 leaders in the environment thanks to our incredibly large-functionality BullSequana technologies, and to lead to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Really Huge Computing Heart (TGCC) mentioned: “All the TGCC teams have been mobilized to assist consumers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, notably those associated in assignments against COVID-19. The CEA is happy to be equipped to assist French and European research thanks to its abilities developed in the definition of computer system center architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their setting, notably by means of Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded underneath the European undertaking PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to receive modern computing and storage remedies, by means of a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for leading HPC centers CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

Also, GENCI, CEA and Atos are happy to announce the acquisition of a new condition-of-the-art ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition underneath PPI4HPC to more increase the abilities of the Joliot-Curie machine and assist setting up the path to Exascale** for European and French scientists.


About Atos
Atos is a world wide leader in electronic transformation with one hundred ten,000 workers in seventy three countries and annual revenue of € twelve billion. European variety a person in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Overall performance Computing, the Team provides finish-to-finish Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Massive Info, Business Purposes and Electronic Office remedies. The Team is the Globally Details Engineering Companion for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates underneath the models Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), detailed on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.
The intent of Atos is to assistance design the upcoming of the information room. Its abilities and products and services assist the growth of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural solution and lead to the growth of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the environment, the Team permits its prospects and workers, and members of societies at huge to dwell, operate and produce sustainably, in a harmless and protected information room.

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GENCI is a civil modern society underneath French regulation, 49% owned by the Condition represented by the Ministère de de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI), 20% by CEA, 20% by CNRS, ten% by the Universities represented by the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités and one% by Inria. Produced in 2007 by the French community authorities, GENCI is aimed at putting France amid the leading countries inside Europe and on the worldwide phase in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to employ the French national tactic by equipping with HPC and substantial info storage assets the three national computing centres in order to assist scientific open research, to lead setting up an European integrated HPC ecosystem and to advertise AI, numerical simulation and HPC inside the academic and industrial research communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French community research organisation serving field, specialising in 4 most important regions: vitality transition and lower-carbon energies, electronic transformation, overall health and biotechnologies, defence and stability. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French government. With its 20,000 workers and nine research centres outfitted with very huge infrastructures, the CEA relies on elementary research of excellence. It is associated in national, European and worldwide assignments with a vast variety of academic and industrial partners. The CEA ranks as the leading research organisation filing patents in France and Europe in accordance to the Clarivate ranking (2019).

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Graphic: (C) P. Stroppa – CEA.

*CEA’s first deal started out with Bull, which was obtained by Atos in 2014 and is now absolutely integrated into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, figuring out that a person exaflop corresponds to a person billion billion functions per 2nd.