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

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a world leader in digital transformation, and GENCI, the French nationwide high-effectiveness computing corporation, and the CEA, reveal that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing electricity is the most effective supercomputer in France focused to tutorial and industrial open analysis, and the third most effective analysis laptop or computer in Europe, according to the TOP500 ranking posted on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-style function carried out by the CEA with Atos for much more than 20 several years*, and which built it feasible to determine recent electricity computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in 34th placement in the TOP500 and is driven by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 system and the hottest AMD Rome processors.

Just about a person year on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now working at full speed for the final 6 months and has been extensively utilised in in excess of a dozen tutorial and industrial fields these types of as weather, astrophysics, geophysics, high fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and content homes, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Extremely Substantial Computing Centre (TGCC), this remarkable machine has tested its abilities to present urgent computing accessibility to substantial scale HPC sources in the battle from COVID-19 considerably less than two months immediately after staying released in creation, many thanks also to strong support provided by CEA experts who set up the essential natural environment to work and post-approach successfully COVID-19 simulations.

As portion of the PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Quick Track simply call and the nationwide urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European researchers have staying using French supercomputer sources to electricity 36 COVID-19 jobs with 18 of these operating on Joliot-Curie, giving scientific results utilised to accelerate and support public final decision-creating for the battle from Covid-19 and speed up the enhancement of a treatment primarily based on an optimum understanding of the virus.

Since January 2020, Joliot-Curie now offers an intensive computing electricity with much more than 440,000 high effectiveness x86 cores in practically 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the initial supercomputer mounted around the globe with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 sequence processors integrated in Atos’ hottest BullSequana XH2000, which capabilities DLC (Immediate Liquid Cooling) for an optimized strength-efficient system.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, mentioned: “With its modular and balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is a person of the most-utilised programs in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are definitely very pleased to be in a position to offer you these types of computing electricity to European scientists, in individual in the battle from COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Huge Facts & HPC at Atos in France, extra: “Each and every new Top500 ranking underlines the quick speed of innovation in the area of Substantial Overall performance Computing. With 6 supercomputers, such as Joliot Curie, we are very pleased to be rated among the the best 50 leaders in the globe many thanks to our incredibly high-effectiveness BullSequana engineering, and to contribute to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Extremely Substantial Computing Heart (TGCC) mentioned: “All the TGCC teams have been mobilized to support customers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, especially people associated in jobs from COVID-19. The CEA is very pleased to be in a position to support French and European analysis many thanks to its knowledge formulated in the definition of laptop or computer centre architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their natural environment, notably by means of Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded less than the European job PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to purchase progressive computing and storage answers, by means of a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for major HPC facilities CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

In addition, GENCI, CEA and Atos are very pleased to announce the acquisition of a new state-of-the-art ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition less than PPI4HPC to more increase the abilities of the Joliot-Curie machine and support constructing the path to Exascale** for European and French scientists.


About Atos
Atos is a world leader in digital transformation with 110,000 workforce in 73 international locations and yearly earnings of € twelve billion. European amount a person in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Substantial-Overall performance Computing, the Group delivers close-to-close Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Huge Facts, Enterprise Purposes and Digital Workplace answers. The Group is the All over the world Details Technology Lover for the Olympic & Paralympic Online games and operates less than the brand names Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), shown on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.
The purpose of Atos is to assistance style the upcoming of the data place. Its knowledge and services support the enhancement of understanding, instruction and analysis in a multicultural technique and contribute to the enhancement of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the globe, the Group allows its customers and workforce, and customers of societies at substantial to stay, function and acquire sustainably, in a secure and safe data place.

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GENCI is a civil modern society less than French legislation, forty nine% 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 1% by Inria. Produced in 2007 by the French public authorities, GENCI is aimed at inserting France among the the major international locations inside of Europe and on the intercontinental stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to implement the French nationwide tactic by equipping with HPC and large data storage sources the a few nationwide computing centres in purchase to support scientific open analysis, to contribute constructing an European integrated HPC ecosystem and to promote AI, numerical simulation and HPC inside of the tutorial and industrial analysis communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French public analysis organisation serving marketplace, specialising in 4 major spots: strength transition and minimal-carbon energies, digital transformation, overall health and biotechnologies, defence and safety. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French authorities. With its 20,000 workforce and nine analysis centres equipped with quite substantial infrastructures, the CEA relies on essential analysis of excellence. It is associated in nationwide, European and intercontinental jobs with a vast vary of tutorial and industrial partners. The CEA ranks as the major analysis organisation submitting patents in France and Europe according to the Clarivate ranking (2019).

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*CEA’s first agreement began with Bull, which was obtained by Atos in 2014 and is now absolutely integrated into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, understanding that a person exaflop corresponds to a person billion billion operations for every next.