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

Paris, June 29, 2020 Atos, a global leader in electronic transformation, and GENCI, the French…

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a global leader in electronic transformation, and GENCI, the French countrywide large-overall performance computing group, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing electricity is the most highly effective supercomputer in France devoted to academic and industrial open up study, and the third most highly effective study personal computer in Europe, according to the TOP500 position released on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-style and design work carried out by the CEA with Atos for additional than 20 yrs*, and which manufactured it feasible to define existing electricity computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in thirty fourth posture in the TOP500 and is powered by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 platform and the most recent AMD Rome processors.

Approximately one particular calendar year on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now functioning at entire speed for the past 6 months and has been extensively made use of in above a dozen academic and industrial fields these types of as local weather, astrophysics, geophysics, large fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and product homes, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Incredibly Big Computing Centre (TGCC), this amazing device has tested its capabilities to present urgent computing entry to massive scale HPC methods in the combat from COVID-19 less than 2 months immediately after getting produced in production, many thanks also to solid support furnished by CEA experts who established up the important surroundings to work and article-course of action competently COVID-19 simulations.

As component of the PRACE (Partnership for Sophisticated Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Fast Observe contact and the countrywide urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European researchers have getting working with French supercomputer methods to electricity 36 COVID-19 assignments with 18 of these jogging on Joliot-Curie, delivering scientific success made use of to speed up and support public choice-generating for the combat from Covid-19 and speed up the progress of a treatment method centered on an optimum expertise of the virus.

Considering that January 2020, Joliot-Curie now offers an substantial computing electricity with additional than 440,000 large overall performance x86 cores in virtually 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the to start with supercomputer mounted all over the world with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 sequence processors integrated in Atos’ most recent BullSequana XH2000, which attributes DLC (Immediate Liquid Cooling) for an optimized power-successful platform.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, reported: “With its modular and balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is one particular of the most-made use of devices in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are definitely proud to be able to give these types of computing electricity to European scientists, in particular in the combat from COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Large Details & HPC at Atos in France, added: “Every single new Top500 position underlines the immediate pace of innovation in the field of High Functionality Computing. With 6 supercomputers, together with Joliot Curie, we are proud to be ranked between the major fifty leaders in the planet many thanks to our extremely large-overall performance BullSequana know-how, and to add to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Incredibly Big Computing Centre (TGCC) reported: “All the TGCC teams have been mobilized to support users in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, specially individuals concerned in assignments from COVID-19. The CEA is proud to be able to support French and European study many thanks to its experience made in the definition of personal computer middle architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their surroundings, notably through Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded under the European challenge PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to obtain ground breaking computing and storage answers, through a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for major HPC facilities CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

Moreover, GENCI, CEA and Atos are proud to announce the acquisition of a new point out-of-the-art ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition under PPI4HPC to even more raise the capabilities of the Joliot-Curie device and support developing the route to Exascale** for European and French scientists.


About Atos
Atos is a global leader in electronic transformation with 110,000 workforce in seventy three nations around the world and yearly earnings of € 12 billion. European quantity one particular in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Functionality Computing, the Team provides finish-to-finish Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Large Details, Organization Purposes and Digital Office answers. The Team is the Worldwide Details Technological know-how Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Online games and operates under the models Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), stated on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The reason of Atos is to help style and design the long run of the information and facts room. Its experience and expert services support the progress of expertise, education and learning and study in a multicultural tactic and add to the progress of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the planet, the Team enables its shoppers and workforce, and customers of societies at massive to stay, work and acquire sustainably, in a protected and safe information and facts room.

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GENCI is a civil society under French legislation, 49% owned by the State 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. Developed in 2007 by the French public authorities, GENCI is aimed at placing France between the major nations around the world in just Europe and on the international stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to put into practice the French countrywide approach by equipping with HPC and massive facts storage methods the 3 countrywide computing centres in purchase to support scientific open up study, to add developing an European integrated HPC ecosystem and to boost AI, numerical simulation and HPC in just the academic and industrial study communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French public study organisation serving field, specialising in four most important areas: power transition and very low-carbon energies, electronic transformation, wellness and biotechnologies, defence and stability. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French govt. With its 20,000 workforce and 9 study centres equipped with extremely massive infrastructures, the CEA depends on basic study of excellence. It is concerned in countrywide, European and international assignments with a large range of academic and industrial companions. The CEA ranks as the major study organisation submitting patents in France and Europe according to the Clarivate position (2019).

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*CEA’s preliminary agreement commenced with Bull, which was acquired by Atos in 2014 and is now totally integrated into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, knowing that one particular exaflop corresponds to one particular billion billion operations for each 2nd.