Ghent University engages Atos to build third Tier1 VSC supercomputer supporting research in Flanders

Paris, France Ghent, Belgium – 24 June 2020

Atos, a world-wide chief in electronic transformation, announces that it has signed a six-12 months deal for a value of over ten Million Euro with Ghent College (UGent) to deliver the subsequent Tier1 supercomputer for the Flemish Supercomputer Centre VSC. This supercomputer will enable scientists from educational study institutions, government and business to pace up time-consuming calculations and solve complex computational problems: from modeling weather and local weather modify to supporting the development of renewable strength and accelerating the research for new drugs. Most drastically, supercomputers have just lately been instrumental in study combatting COVID-19, such as in Flanders.

Antoine Kerrinckx, CEO at Atos in Belux: “Know-how is getting to be ever more important in our modern society. We assume it can be important that scientists have the suitable tools and infrastructure at their disposal. We are delighted to add to the development of science and technology with the shipping and delivery of our Atos supercomputer.”

Atos will equip the new Tier1 supercomputer with BullSequana XH2000 technology and its BullSequana X Supercomputer Suite as the software package stack. This highly developed software package ecosystem for Higher Effectiveness Computing and AI will enable stop-end users to build and operate the critical software package codes that are made use of throughout the numerous study and development fields in just the VSC, these types of as products style and design, engineering, weather/local weather modeling and bioinformatics.

This will be the third Tier1 supercomputer that the VSC installs in Flanders. The 1st one particular ‘muk’ was installed at Ghent College in 2012, succeeded by ‘BrENIAC’ at KU Leuven in 2016. Now, in 2020, a new Tier1 supercomputer will yet again be installed at the Ghent College infrastructure hub of the Flemish Supercomputer Centre VSC. The VSC is a partnership in between the 5 Flemish universities and is managed by the Investigate Fund – Flanders (FWO). VSC encourages the use of scientific and specialized computing in the Flemish educational and industrial landscape, giving committed infrastructure, coaching and services. Funding is provided by the Flemish government, section of Financial system, Science and Innovation.

Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for Financial system, Science and Innovation explained: “One of the issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has plainly exemplified is that point out-of-the-artwork infrastructure, such as supercomputers, are critical to enable sturdy study and development in Flanders. I am proud that our continuous infrastructure investments enable advance Flemish revolutionary abilities in R&D.”

The new supercomputer is scheduled for shipping and delivery at Ghent College in Q4 2020. A more enlargement of this technique is planned for 2022.


Specialized specifics

The configuration consists of 5 racks with the subsequent factors:
• ninety eight BullSequana X2410 blades (294 nodes), each individual node equipped with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 256GB of RAM (16GB*16@3200MHz dims)
• 14 BullSequana X2410 blades (42 nodes), each individual node equipped with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 512GB of RAM (32GB*16@3200MHz dims)
• 20 BullSequana X2415 blades equipped with the new Nvidia RedStone board embedding the Nvidia A100-40 GPUs (x4)
• DDN multi-tier EXAScaler alternative with a Hybrid ES7990X and all flash SFA200NVX to deliver over 100 TB of accelerated flash overall performance and four PB of very long term storage.

About Atos
Atos is a world-wide chief in electronic transformation with one hundred ten,000 staff in seventy three international locations and once-a-year earnings of € 12 billion. European quantity one particular in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Higher-Effectiveness Computing, the Team gives stop-to-stop Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Knowledge, Organization Applications and Digital Place of work methods. The Team is the Throughout the world Information and facts Know-how Husband or wife for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates beneath the brand names Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.

The reason of Atos is to enable style and design the long term of the facts place. Its know-how and services help the development of understanding, schooling and study in a multicultural tactic and add to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the entire world, the Team enables its customers and staff, and associates of societies at massive to stay, operate and build sustainably, in a safe and safe facts place.

Press contacts Atos:
Benelux: Lise Kleijn | [email protected] | +31 six 831 69 358 |
Global: Laura Fau | [email protected] | +33 six seventy three 64 04 18 | @laurajanefau

About VSC
The Flemish Supercomputer Centre (Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum – VSC) is a partnership in between the 5 Flemish universities and their university associations. This consortium brings collectively knowhow in scientific and specialized computing (such as higher overall performance computing, higher throughput computing, cloud computing and info processing) in Flanders, and properties infrastructure in four hubs: the datacenters of the universities of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven. The VSC is managed by the Investigate Fund – Flanders (FWO).

The VSC encourages the use of scientific and specialized computing in the Flemish educational and industrial landscape. To this stop, it features infrastructure, coaching and services. In addition, VSC acts as a lever to promote the great importance of scientific and specialized computing and its additional value to modern society.

Press contact Ghent College:
Ewald Pauwels | [email protected] | +32 nine 264 4716 |