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

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a world wide leader in digital transformation, and GENCI, the French nationwide superior-performance computing business, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing electric power is the most highly effective supercomputer in France focused to educational and industrial open investigation, and the 3rd most highly effective investigation laptop in Europe, according to the TOP500 ranking revealed on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-structure work carried out by the CEA with Atos for much more than 20 yrs*, and which produced it achievable to outline current electric power computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in thirty fourth position in the TOP500 and is driven by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 platform and the newest AMD Rome processors.

Nearly one particular 12 months on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now operating at comprehensive velocity for the very last six months and has been thoroughly employed in above a dozen educational and industrial fields these types of as weather, astrophysics, geophysics, superior fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and product homes, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Really Substantial Computing Centre (TGCC), this amazing machine has demonstrated its capabilities to provide urgent computing accessibility to big scale HPC means in the combat versus COVID-19 much less than 2 months soon after currently being introduced in generation, thanks also to sturdy assistance furnished by CEA gurus who established up the needed natural environment to work and post-process proficiently COVID-19 simulations.

As aspect of the PRACE (Partnership for Highly developed Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Fast Monitor contact and the nationwide urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European scientists have currently being employing French supercomputer means to electric power 36 COVID-19 initiatives with eighteen of these jogging on Joliot-Curie, furnishing scientific benefits employed to accelerate and assistance community decision-producing for the combat versus Covid-19 and velocity up the enhancement of a treatment method dependent on an ideal expertise of the virus.

Because January 2020, Joliot-Curie now boasts an intensive computing electric power with much more than 440,000 superior performance x86 cores in practically 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the very first supercomputer put in worldwide with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 sequence processors built-in in Atos’ newest BullSequana XH2000, which capabilities DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized energy-productive platform.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, said: “With its modular and balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is one particular of the most-employed methods in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are definitely very pleased to be equipped to offer you these types of computing electric power to European scientists, in specific in the combat versus COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Huge Details & HPC at Atos in France, extra: “Every single new Top500 ranking underlines the immediate rate of innovation in the industry of Superior General performance Computing. With 6 supercomputers, such as Joliot Curie, we are very pleased to be rated amid the major 50 leaders in the planet thanks to our very superior-performance BullSequana technology, and to contribute to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Really Substantial Computing Middle (TGCC) said: “All the TGCC groups have been mobilized to assistance end users in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, significantly all those concerned in initiatives versus COVID-19. The CEA is very pleased to be equipped to assistance French and European investigation thanks to its abilities made in the definition of laptop center architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their natural environment, notably by means of Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded below the European task PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to get innovative computing and storage remedies, by means of a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for top HPC centers CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

In addition, GENCI, CEA and Atos are very pleased to announce the acquisition of a new condition-of-the-art ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition below PPI4HPC to further more increase the capabilities of the Joliot-Curie machine and assistance making the route to Exascale** for European and French scientists.


About Atos
Atos is a world wide leader in digital transformation with one hundred ten,000 staff in seventy three international locations and yearly profits of € 12 billion. European amount one particular in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Superior-General performance Computing, the Group delivers finish-to-finish Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Huge Details, Small business Apps and Digital Office remedies. The Group is the Around the globe Information Technologies Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates below the models Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The purpose of Atos is to help structure the long term of the information and facts area. Its abilities and companies assistance the enhancement of expertise, schooling and investigation in a multicultural technique and contribute to the enhancement of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the planet, the Group allows its clients and staff, and users of societies at big to stay, work and produce sustainably, in a secure and safe information and facts area.

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GENCI is a civil modern society below French law, 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, 10% by the Universities represented by the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités and one% by Inria. Created in 2007 by the French community authorities, GENCI is aimed at positioning France amid the top international locations inside Europe and on the worldwide stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to carry out the French nationwide approach by equipping with HPC and substantial info storage means the a few nationwide computing centres in order to assistance scientific open investigation, to contribute making an European built-in HPC ecosystem and to endorse AI, numerical simulation and HPC inside the educational and industrial investigation communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French community investigation organisation serving sector, specialising in four most important parts: energy transition and minimal-carbon energies, digital transformation, overall health and biotechnologies, defence and stability. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French government. With its 20,000 staff and nine investigation centres outfitted with very big infrastructures, the CEA depends on elementary investigation of excellence. It is concerned in nationwide, European and worldwide initiatives with a huge variety of educational and industrial partners. The CEA ranks as the top investigation organisation filing patents in France and Europe according to the Clarivate ranking (2019).

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Camille Decroix | [email protected] | Tel: +33 six 63 68 fifty two 83
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Picture: (C) P. Stroppa – CEA.

*CEA’s preliminary agreement begun with Bull, which was obtained by Atos in 2014 and is now totally built-in into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, recognizing that one particular exaflop corresponds to one particular billion billion functions for each 2nd.