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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 countrywide higher-effectiveness computing corporation, and the CEA, reveal that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing energy is the most powerful supercomputer in France devoted to academic and industrial open up analysis, and the 3rd most powerful analysis laptop or computer in Europe, according to the TOP500 rating 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 20 a long time*, and which manufactured it feasible to determine present-day energy computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in thirty fourth situation in the TOP500 and is driven by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 platform and the most recent AMD Rome processors.

Almost one particular 12 months on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now working at total velocity for the previous six months and has been extensively employed in around a dozen academic and industrial fields this kind of as local weather, astrophysics, geophysics, higher fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and product qualities, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Extremely Huge Computing Centre (TGCC), this remarkable device has proven its capabilities to provide urgent computing entry to large scale HPC sources in the struggle in opposition to COVID-19 much less than two months after getting unveiled in production, thanks also to potent help presented by CEA experts who established up the required natural environment to work and article-procedure successfully COVID-19 simulations.

As part of the PRACE (Partnership for Highly developed Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Rapid Observe simply call and the countrywide urgent COVID-19 calls from GENCI, European scientists have getting employing French supercomputer sources to energy 36 COVID-19 tasks with 18 of these functioning on Joliot-Curie, giving scientific results employed to accelerate and help general public conclusion-creating for the struggle in opposition to Covid-19 and velocity up the growth of a procedure primarily based on an ideal know-how of the virus.

Since January 2020, Joliot-Curie now boasts an intensive computing energy with much more than 440,000 higher effectiveness x86 cores in approximately 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the initially supercomputer mounted all over the world with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 collection processors integrated in Atos’ most recent BullSequana XH2000, which attributes DLC (Immediate Liquid Cooling) for an optimized strength-efficient platform.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, claimed: “With its modular and balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is one particular of the most-employed techniques in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are genuinely happy to be in a position to present this kind of computing energy to European researchers, in unique in the struggle in opposition to COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Big Facts & HPC at Atos in France, additional: “Just about every new Top500 rating underlines the rapid speed of innovation in the subject of Substantial Effectiveness Computing. With 6 supercomputers, which include Joliot Curie, we are happy to be rated between the prime 50 leaders in the world thanks to our incredibly higher-effectiveness BullSequana engineering, and to lead to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Extremely Huge Computing Middle (TGCC) claimed: “All the TGCC groups have been mobilized to help customers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, specially people associated in tasks in opposition to COVID-19. The CEA is happy to be in a position to help French and European analysis thanks to its skills formulated in the definition of laptop or computer heart architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their natural environment, notably via Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded underneath the European job PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to obtain impressive computing and storage solutions, via a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for leading 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 condition-of-the-artwork ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition underneath PPI4HPC to additional improve the capabilities of the Joliot-Curie device and help constructing the route to Exascale** for European and French researchers.


About Atos
Atos is a international leader in digital transformation with one hundred ten,000 workforce in seventy three nations and yearly revenue of € twelve billion. European amount one particular in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Substantial-Effectiveness Computing, the Group supplies conclusion-to-conclusion Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Facts, Enterprise Applications and Electronic Place of work solutions. The Group is the All over the world Facts Technological innovation Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates underneath the models Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The goal of Atos is to assistance design the long run of the information area. Its skills and solutions help the growth of know-how, instruction and analysis in a multicultural approach and lead to the growth of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its prospects and workforce, and users of societies at large to dwell, function and acquire sustainably, in a harmless and safe information area.

Press get hold of:
Laura Fau | [email protected] | +33 six seventy three sixty four 04 18 | @laurajanefau

GENCI is a civil culture underneath French law, forty nine% 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. Created in 2007 by the French general public authorities, GENCI is aimed at placing France between the leading nations in just Europe and on the international stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to implement the French countrywide method by equipping with HPC and massive details storage sources the 3 countrywide computing centres in purchase to help scientific open up analysis, to lead constructing an European integrated HPC ecosystem and to encourage AI, numerical simulation and HPC in just the academic and industrial analysis communities.

Press Get hold of:
Annabel Truong | [email protected] | Tel: +33 six 03 18 09 02

About CEA
The CEA is a French general public analysis organisation serving business, specialising in 4 principal areas: strength changeover and small-carbon energies, digital transformation, health and fitness and biotechnologies, defence and protection. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French authorities. With its 20,000 workforce and 9 analysis centres outfitted with quite large infrastructures, the CEA depends on basic analysis of excellence. It is associated in countrywide, European and international tasks with a wide assortment of academic and industrial partners. The CEA ranks as the leading analysis organisation filing patents in France and Europe according to the Clarivate rating (2019).

For much more information: http://www.cea.fr/english

Press Get hold of:
Camille Decroix | [email protected] | Tel: +33 six sixty three 68 52 83
Tuline Laeser | [email protected] | Tel : +33 six twelve 04 40 22


Picture: (C) P. Stroppa – CEA.

*CEA’s preliminary deal commenced with Bull, which was acquired by Atos in 2014 and is now absolutely integrated into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, being aware of that one particular exaflop corresponds to one particular billion billion operations per next.