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

Paris, June 29, 2020 Atos, a international leader in digital transformation, and GENCI, the French

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a international leader in digital transformation, and GENCI, the French national substantial-performance computing organization, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing power is the most impressive supercomputer in France committed to academic and industrial open up research, and the 3rd most impressive research pc in Europe, according to the TOP500 position printed on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-design function carried out by the CEA with Atos for much more than twenty a long time*, and which made it feasible to define latest power computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in 34th position in the TOP500 and is run by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 system and the newest AMD Rome processors.

Just about a person yr on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now functioning at entire speed for the very last 6 months and has been extensively made use of in in excess of a dozen academic and industrial fields these types of as local weather, astrophysics, geophysics, substantial fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and material homes, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Extremely Large Computing Centre (TGCC), this amazing equipment has verified its capabilities to present urgent computing obtain to substantial scale HPC assets in the struggle in opposition to COVID-19 considerably less than two months just after becoming launched in manufacturing, many thanks also to powerful support delivered by CEA professionals who established up the necessary atmosphere to function and put up-procedure successfully COVID-19 simulations.

As component of the PRACE (Partnership for Sophisticated Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Rapidly Keep track of simply call and the national urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European scientists have becoming utilizing French supercomputer assets to power 36 COVID-19 tasks with eighteen of these jogging on Joliot-Curie, supplying scientific effects made use of to accelerate and support public final decision-producing for the struggle in opposition to Covid-19 and speed up the enhancement of a procedure based mostly on an the best possible expertise of the virus.

Given that January 2020, Joliot-Curie now offers an intensive computing power with much more than 440,000 substantial performance x86 cores in approximately 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the to start with supercomputer set up around the globe with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 collection processors built-in in Atos’ newest BullSequana XH2000, which attributes DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized electrical power-productive system.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, explained: “With its modular and well balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is a person of the most-made use of systems in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are truly proud to be capable to present these types of computing power to European researchers, in distinct in the struggle in opposition to COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Huge Knowledge & HPC at Atos in France, added: “Just about every new Top500 position underlines the rapid pace of innovation in the subject of Superior Functionality Computing. With six supercomputers, which include Joliot Curie, we are proud to be rated amongst the prime fifty leaders in the earth many thanks to our really substantial-performance BullSequana technological know-how, and to contribute to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Extremely Large Computing Centre (TGCC) explained: “All the TGCC groups have been mobilized to support customers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, specially those included in tasks in opposition to COVID-19. The CEA is proud to be capable to support French and European research many thanks to its know-how created in the definition of pc middle architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their atmosphere, notably by means of Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded below the European task PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to obtain impressive computing and storage answers, by means of a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for top HPC facilities CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

Furthermore, GENCI, CEA and Atos are proud to announce the acquisition of a new condition-of-the-artwork ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition below PPI4HPC to further more increase the capabilities of the Joliot-Curie equipment and support creating the path to Exascale** for European and French researchers.


About Atos
Atos is a international leader in digital transformation with a hundred and ten,000 staff members in 73 nations around the world and annual earnings of € twelve billion. European quantity a person in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Superior-Functionality Computing, the Team provides finish-to-finish Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Huge Knowledge, Organization Apps and Digital Office answers. The Team is the Throughout the world Information and facts Technological know-how Spouse for the Olympic & Paralympic Game titles and operates below the makes Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), mentioned on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The goal of Atos is to aid design the potential of the information room. Its know-how and products and services support the enhancement of expertise, instruction and research in a multicultural strategy and contribute to the enhancement of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the earth, the Team allows its prospects and staff members, and customers of societies at substantial to stay, function and acquire sustainably, in a secure and protected information room.

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GENCI is a civil modern society below French regulation, forty nine% owned by the Condition represented by the Ministère de de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI), twenty% by CEA, twenty% by CNRS, ten% by the Universities represented by the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités and one% by Inria. Created in 2007 by the French public authorities, GENCI is aimed at positioning France amongst the top nations around the world within just Europe and on the worldwide stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to put into action the French national system by equipping with HPC and large data storage assets the a few national computing centres in get to support scientific open up research, to contribute creating an European built-in HPC ecosystem and to market AI, numerical simulation and HPC within just the academic and industrial research communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French public research organisation serving market, specialising in 4 most important areas: electrical power transition and reduced-carbon energies, digital transformation, health and fitness and biotechnologies, defence and stability. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French governing administration. With its twenty,000 staff members and 9 research centres geared up with really substantial infrastructures, the CEA depends on essential research of excellence. It is included in national, European and worldwide tasks with a vast selection of academic and industrial associates. The CEA ranks as the top research organisation submitting patents in France and Europe according to the Clarivate position (2019).

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*CEA’s initial contract started out with Bull, which was obtained by Atos in 2014 and is now entirely built-in into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, realizing that a person exaflop corresponds to a person billion billion operations per 2nd.