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

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a world-wide chief in digital transformation, and GENCI, the French nationwide large-overall performance computing organization, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing ability is the most powerful supercomputer in France committed to academic and industrial open investigation, and the third most powerful investigation computer in Europe, according to the TOP500 ranking posted on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-design and style operate carried out by the CEA with Atos for far more than twenty decades*, and which manufactured it probable to define recent ability computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in 34th placement in the TOP500 and is powered by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 system and the newest AMD Rome processors.

Practically just one calendar year on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now operating at whole velocity for the past 6 months and has been extensively utilised in above a dozen academic and industrial fields these types of as local climate, astrophysics, geophysics, large fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and substance attributes, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Really Substantial Computing Centre (TGCC), this incredible device has proven its capabilities to offer urgent computing accessibility to massive scale HPC means in the combat against COVID-19 significantly less than 2 months immediately after remaining released in manufacturing, many thanks also to robust guidance supplied by CEA industry experts who established up the required atmosphere to function and put up-method proficiently COVID-19 simulations.

As section of the PRACE (Partnership for Sophisticated Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Fast Keep track of get in touch with and the nationwide urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European experts have remaining making use of French supercomputer means to ability 36 COVID-19 jobs with 18 of these managing on Joliot-Curie, supplying scientific outcomes utilised to accelerate and guidance public final decision-building for the combat against Covid-19 and velocity up the progress of a therapy based mostly on an optimum information of the virus.

Due to the fact January 2020, Joliot-Curie now offers an comprehensive computing ability with far more than 440,000 large overall performance x86 cores in nearly 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 options DLC (Immediate Liquid Cooling) for an optimized electrical power-productive system.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, stated: “With its modular and well balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is just one of the most-utilised methods in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are really happy to be capable to give these types of computing ability to European scientists, in specific in the combat against COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Significant Details & HPC at Atos in France, additional: “Every new Top500 ranking underlines the quick pace of innovation in the subject of Large Overall performance Computing. With six supercomputers, such as Joliot Curie, we are happy to be ranked among the the prime fifty leaders in the world many thanks to our incredibly large-overall performance BullSequana technology, and to lead to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Really Substantial Computing Center (TGCC) stated: “All the TGCC groups have been mobilized to guidance buyers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, notably those people included in jobs against COVID-19. The CEA is happy to be capable to guidance French and European investigation many thanks to its skills designed in the definition of computer 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 beneath the European job PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to obtain impressive computing and storage remedies, by means of a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for top HPC facilities CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

Moreover, GENCI, CEA and Atos are happy to announce the acquisition of a new state-of-the-art ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition beneath PPI4HPC to further maximize the capabilities of the Joliot-Curie device and guidance developing the route to Exascale** for European and French scientists.


About Atos
Atos is a world-wide chief in digital transformation with 110,000 staff in 73 nations around the world and yearly income of € 12 billion. European amount just one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Large-Overall performance Computing, the Team supplies finish-to-finish Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Significant Details, Business Applications and Electronic Office remedies. The Team is the Around the globe Details Engineering Husband or wife for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates beneath the brands Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), outlined on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The purpose of Atos is to aid design and style the long run of the facts space. Its skills and products and services guidance the progress of information, education and investigation in a multicultural approach and lead to the progress of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the world, the Team enables its prospects and staff, and customers of societies at massive to are living, operate and develop sustainably, in a risk-free and secure facts space.

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GENCI is a civil modern society beneath French regulation, 49{79e59ee6e2f5cf570628ed7ac4055bef3419265de010b59461d891d43fac5627} owned by the Condition represented by the Ministère de de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI), twenty{79e59ee6e2f5cf570628ed7ac4055bef3419265de010b59461d891d43fac5627} by CEA, twenty{79e59ee6e2f5cf570628ed7ac4055bef3419265de010b59461d891d43fac5627} by CNRS, ten{79e59ee6e2f5cf570628ed7ac4055bef3419265de010b59461d891d43fac5627} by the Universities represented by the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités and one{79e59ee6e2f5cf570628ed7ac4055bef3419265de010b59461d891d43fac5627} by Inria. Established in 2007 by the French public authorities, GENCI is aimed at placing France among the the top nations around the world within Europe and on the worldwide stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to carry out the French nationwide technique by equipping with HPC and massive data storage means the a few nationwide computing centres in purchase to guidance scientific open investigation, to lead developing an European integrated HPC ecosystem and to boost AI, numerical simulation and HPC within the academic and industrial investigation communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French public investigation organisation serving field, specialising in 4 key locations: electrical power changeover and minimal-carbon energies, digital transformation, wellness and biotechnologies, defence and protection. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French governing administration. With its twenty,000 staff and nine investigation centres equipped with incredibly massive infrastructures, the CEA depends on basic investigation of excellence. It is included in nationwide, European and worldwide jobs with a broad array of academic and industrial companions. The CEA ranks as the top investigation organisation submitting patents in France and Europe according to the Clarivate ranking (2019).

For far more facts: http://www.cea.fr/english

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Camille Decroix | [email protected] | Tel: +33 6 sixty three 68 52 83
Tuline Laeser | [email protected] | Tel : +33 6 12 04 40 22


Graphic: (C) P. Stroppa – CEA.

*CEA’s first contract commenced with Bull, which was obtained by Atos in 2014 and is now totally integrated into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, knowing that just one exaflop corresponds to just one billion billion functions for every second.