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 significant-general performance computing group, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing electrical power is the most effective supercomputer in France committed to educational and industrial open up analysis, and the 3rd most effective analysis laptop or computer in Europe, in accordance to the TOP500 ranking posted on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-design and style function carried out by the CEA with Atos for far more than 20 a long time*, and which created it possible to outline recent electrical power computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in thirty fourth situation in the TOP500 and is powered by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 system and the most current AMD Rome processors.

Almost a person year on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now functioning at total pace for the past 6 months and has been extensively applied in over a dozen educational and industrial fields such as climate, astrophysics, geophysics, significant fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and content qualities, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Extremely Massive Computing Centre (TGCC), this extraordinary device has tested its capabilities to offer urgent computing accessibility to substantial scale HPC assets in the battle versus COVID-19 much less than two months immediately after staying introduced in creation, thanks also to robust aid offered by CEA professionals who set up the necessary natural environment to run and article-procedure efficiently COVID-19 simulations.

As section of the PRACE (Partnership for Highly developed Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Fast Monitor connect with and the nationwide urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European researchers have staying employing French supercomputer assets to electrical power 36 COVID-19 assignments with 18 of these jogging on Joliot-Curie, providing scientific results applied to accelerate and aid general public determination-creating for the battle versus Covid-19 and pace up the development of a treatment method primarily based on an ideal expertise of the virus.

Due to the fact January 2020, Joliot-Curie now offers an comprehensive computing electrical power with far more than 440,000 significant general performance x86 cores in virtually 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the first supercomputer set up globally with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 series processors integrated in Atos’ most current BullSequana XH2000, which options DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized energy-successful system.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, reported: “With its modular and balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is a person of the most-applied devices in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are definitely proud to be in a position to present such computing electrical power to European scientists, in individual in the battle versus COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Huge Info & HPC at Atos in France, added: “Every new Top500 ranking underlines the immediate pace of innovation in the field of Substantial Performance Computing. With six supercomputers, such as Joliot Curie, we are proud to be rated between the top rated fifty leaders in the environment thanks to our particularly significant-general performance BullSequana technological innovation, and to lead to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Extremely Massive Computing Middle (TGCC) reported: “All the TGCC teams have been mobilized to aid consumers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, notably people associated in assignments versus COVID-19. The CEA is proud to be in a position to aid French and European analysis thanks to its knowledge created in the definition of laptop or computer centre architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their natural environment, notably by Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded less than the European task PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to acquire ground breaking computing and storage alternatives, by a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for main HPC centers CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

On top of that, GENCI, CEA and Atos are proud to announce the acquisition of a new state-of-the-artwork ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition less than PPI4HPC to additional enhance the capabilities of the Joliot-Curie device and aid building the path to Exascale** for European and French scientists.


About Atos
Atos is a world-wide chief in digital transformation with 110,000 staff in 73 countries and once-a-year profits of € 12 billion. European selection a person in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Substantial-Performance Computing, the Team delivers conclude-to-conclude Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Huge Info, Enterprise Programs and Electronic Office alternatives. The Team is the All over the world Data Technologies Companion for the Olympic & Paralympic Video games and operates less than the makes Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), detailed on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.
The intent of Atos is to assist design and style the potential of the data place. Its knowledge and companies aid the development of expertise, education and analysis in a multicultural technique and lead to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the environment, the Team enables its buyers and staff, and users of societies at substantial to dwell, function and develop sustainably, in a protected and safe data place.

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GENCI is a civil modern society less than French legislation, forty nine{d5f2c26e8a2617525656064194f8a7abd2a56a02c0e102ae4b29477986671105} owned by the Point out represented by the Ministère de de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI), 20{d5f2c26e8a2617525656064194f8a7abd2a56a02c0e102ae4b29477986671105} by CEA, 20{d5f2c26e8a2617525656064194f8a7abd2a56a02c0e102ae4b29477986671105} by CNRS, ten{d5f2c26e8a2617525656064194f8a7abd2a56a02c0e102ae4b29477986671105} by the Universities represented by the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités and one{d5f2c26e8a2617525656064194f8a7abd2a56a02c0e102ae4b29477986671105} by Inria. Produced in 2007 by the French general public authorities, GENCI is aimed at putting France between the main countries inside Europe and on the global stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to employ the French nationwide technique by equipping with HPC and significant information storage assets the 3 nationwide computing centres in purchase to aid scientific open up analysis, to lead building an European integrated HPC ecosystem and to boost AI, numerical simulation and HPC inside
the educational and industrial analysis communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French general public analysis organisation serving marketplace, specialising in 4 primary places: energy changeover and small-carbon energies, digital transformation, health and biotechnologies, defence and safety. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French authorities. With its 20,000 staff and 9 analysis centres geared up with really substantial infrastructures, the CEA depends on essential analysis of excellence. It is associated in nationwide, European and global assignments with a wide assortment of educational and industrial associates. The CEA ranks as the main analysis organisation filing patents in France and Europe in accordance to the Clarivate ranking (2019).

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*CEA’s preliminary contract started out with Bull, which was acquired by Atos in 2014 and is now absolutely integrated into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, recognizing that a person exaflop corresponds to a person billion billion functions for every 2nd.