Ghent University engages Atos to build third Tier1 VSC supercomputer supporting research in Flanders

Paris, France Ghent, Belgium – 24 June 2020

Atos, a global chief in electronic transformation, announces that it has signed a six-year agreement for a value of around ten Million Euro with Ghent College (UGent) to supply the next Tier1 supercomputer for the Flemish Supercomputer Center VSC. This supercomputer will support scientists from educational investigate institutions, governing administration and market to velocity up time-consuming calculations and address advanced computational troubles: from modeling weather conditions and local weather transform to supporting the development of renewable electrical power and accelerating the research for new medication. Most considerably, supercomputers have lately been instrumental in investigate combatting COVID-19, which includes in Flanders.

Antoine Kerrinckx, CEO at Atos in Belux: “Engineering is becoming significantly vital in our culture. We imagine it can be vital that scientists have the appropriate equipment and infrastructure at their disposal. We are delighted to add to the progress of science and engineering with the supply of our Atos supercomputer.”

Atos will equip the new Tier1 supercomputer with BullSequana XH2000 engineering and its BullSequana X Supercomputer Suite as the software program stack. This innovative software program environment for Large Functionality Computing and AI will permit finish-buyers to create and operate the critical software program codes that are applied all over the varied investigate and development fields within the VSC, this sort of as supplies design, engineering, weather conditions/local weather modeling and bioinformatics.

This will be the third Tier1 supercomputer that the VSC installs in Flanders. The to start with 1 ‘muk’ was installed at Ghent College in 2012, succeeded by ‘BrENIAC’ at KU Leuven in 2016. Now, in 2020, a new Tier1 supercomputer will all over again be installed at the Ghent College infrastructure hub of the Flemish Supercomputer Center VSC. The VSC is a partnership between the 5 Flemish universities and is managed by the Investigation Fund – Flanders (FWO). VSC encourages the use of scientific and specialized computing in the Flemish educational and industrial landscape, presenting dedicated infrastructure, training and providers. Funding is offered by the Flemish governing administration, office of Financial system, Science and Innovation.

Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for Financial system, Science and Innovation said: “One of the items that the COVID-19 pandemic has evidently exemplified is that state-of-the-art infrastructure, which includes supercomputers, are crucial to permit solid investigate and development in Flanders. I am very pleased that our steady infrastructure investments support advance Flemish groundbreaking capabilities in R&D.”

The new supercomputer is scheduled for supply at Ghent College in This autumn 2020. A more expansion of this process is prepared for 2022.


Technological information

The configuration is composed of 5 racks with the next features:
• 98 BullSequana X2410 blades (294 nodes), every single node geared up with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 256GB of RAM (16GB*sixteen@3200MHz dims)
• 14 BullSequana X2410 blades (forty two nodes), every single node geared up with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 512GB of RAM (32GB*sixteen@3200MHz dims)
• twenty BullSequana X2415 blades geared up with the new Nvidia RedStone board embedding the Nvidia A100-40 GPUs (x4)
• DDN multi-tier EXAScaler remedy with a Hybrid ES7990X and all flash SFA200NVX to supply around one hundred TB of accelerated flash functionality and 4 PB of extended phrase storage.

About Atos
Atos is a global chief in electronic transformation with 110,000 personnel in 73 nations around the world and once-a-year income of € 12 billion. European range 1 in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Large-Functionality Computing, the Group supplies finish-to-finish Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Significant Data, Organization Programs and Digital Workplace solutions. The Group is the Around the globe Info Engineering Associate for the Olympic & Paralympic Video games and operates beneath the brands Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The intent of Atos is to support design the potential of the details space. Its skills and providers aid the development of information, education and learning and investigate in a multicultural approach and add to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the entire world, the Group permits its customers and personnel, and members of societies at big to live, do the job and create sustainably, in a harmless and secure details space.

Push contacts Atos:
Benelux: Lise Kleijn | [email protected] | +31 six 831 sixty nine 358 |
World wide: Laura Fau | [email protected] | +33 six 73 sixty four 04 eighteen | @laurajanefau

About VSC
The Flemish Supercomputer Center (Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum – VSC) is a partnership between the 5 Flemish universities and their university associations. This consortium brings jointly knowhow in scientific and specialized computing (which includes higher functionality computing, higher throughput computing, cloud computing and details processing) in Flanders, and homes infrastructure in 4 hubs: the datacenters of the universities of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven. The VSC is managed by the Investigation Fund – Flanders (FWO).

The VSC encourages the use of scientific and specialized computing in the Flemish educational and industrial landscape. To this finish, it provides infrastructure, training and providers. In addition, VSC functions as a lever to market the significance of scientific and specialized computing and its additional value to culture.

Push make contact with Ghent College:
Ewald Pauwels | [email protected] | +32 nine 264 4716 |