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

Gordon B. Johnson

Paris, June 29, 2020 Atos, a world chief in digital transformation, and GENCI, the French national significant-overall performance computing organization, and the CEA, reveal that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing energy is the most highly effective supercomputer in France committed to educational and industrial open up investigation, […]

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a world chief in digital transformation, and GENCI, the French national significant-overall performance computing organization, and the CEA, reveal that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing energy is the most highly effective supercomputer in France committed to educational and industrial open up investigation, and the 3rd most highly effective investigation computer system in Europe, in accordance to the TOP500 rating posted on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-style function carried out by the CEA with Atos for much more than 20 yrs*, and which made it achievable to define present-day energy computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in thirty fourth placement in the TOP500 and is run by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 system and the most current AMD Rome processors.

Approximately one yr on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now functioning at complete pace for the very last 6 months and has been thoroughly used in about a dozen educational and industrial fields this sort of as local climate, astrophysics, geophysics, significant fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and product properties, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Very Substantial Computing Centre (TGCC), this extraordinary device has tested its capabilities to offer urgent computing obtain to substantial scale HPC sources in the combat towards COVID-19 a lot less than two months soon after being unveiled in generation, thanks also to solid help provided by CEA authorities who established up the vital surroundings to operate and submit-method effectively COVID-19 simulations.

As element of the PRACE (Partnership for Sophisticated Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Quick Observe contact and the national urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European scientists have being making use of French supercomputer sources to energy 36 COVID-19 tasks with eighteen of these running on Joliot-Curie, offering scientific outcomes used to speed up and help public choice-earning for the combat towards Covid-19 and pace up the improvement of a procedure based on an ideal know-how of the virus.

Since January 2020, Joliot-Curie now boasts an in depth computing energy with much more than 440,000 significant overall performance x86 cores in practically 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the to start with supercomputer installed all over the world with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 sequence processors built-in in Atos’ most current BullSequana XH2000, which features DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized strength-effective system.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, explained: “With its modular and balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is one of the most-used methods in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are truly very pleased to be ready to present this sort of computing energy to European researchers, in certain in the combat towards COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Massive Details & HPC at Atos in France, included: “Every new Top500 rating underlines the rapid tempo of innovation in the field of Superior Efficiency Computing. With six supercomputers, which include Joliot Curie, we are very pleased to be rated amongst the major 50 leaders in the environment thanks to our very significant-overall performance BullSequana technologies, and to lead to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Very Substantial Computing Centre (TGCC) explained: “All the TGCC groups have been mobilized to help consumers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, significantly those people included in tasks towards COVID-19. The CEA is very pleased to be ready to help French and European investigation thanks to its skills produced in the definition of computer system center architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their surroundings, notably by Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded below the European job PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to purchase progressive computing and storage answers, by a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for primary HPC facilities CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

Moreover, GENCI, CEA and Atos are very pleased to announce the acquisition of a new point out-of-the-art ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition below PPI4HPC to even more enhance the capabilities of the Joliot-Curie device and help developing the path to Exascale** for European and French researchers.


About Atos
Atos is a world chief in digital transformation with 110,000 staff members in seventy three international locations and once-a-year profits of € 12 billion. European amount one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Superior-Efficiency Computing, the Team supplies stop-to-stop Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Massive Details, Company Applications and Electronic Place of work answers. The Team is the All over the world Info Engineering Associate for the Olympic & Paralympic Game titles and operates below the makes Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), outlined on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.
The objective of Atos is to assist style the upcoming of the information place. Its skills and companies help the improvement of know-how, education and investigation in a multicultural strategy and lead to the improvement of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the environment, the Team permits its shoppers and staff members, and members of societies at substantial to reside, function and acquire sustainably, in a protected and safe information place.

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GENCI is a civil modern society below French legislation, 49% owned by the Condition 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 one% by Inria. Designed in 2007 by the French public authorities, GENCI is aimed at inserting France amongst the primary international locations within Europe and on the intercontinental stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to put into action the French national method by equipping with HPC and substantial knowledge storage sources the a few national computing centres in purchase to help scientific open up investigation, to lead developing an European built-in HPC ecosystem and to advertise AI, numerical simulation and HPC within the educational and industrial investigation communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French public investigation organisation serving marketplace, specialising in 4 most important places: strength changeover and very low-carbon energies, digital transformation, well being and biotechnologies, defence and protection. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French govt. With its 20,000 staff members and 9 investigation centres geared up with quite substantial infrastructures, the CEA depends on elementary investigation of excellence. It is included in national, European and intercontinental tasks with a extensive vary of educational and industrial companions. The CEA ranks as the primary investigation organisation filing patents in France and Europe in accordance to the Clarivate rating (2019).

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Picture: (C) P. Stroppa – CEA.

*CEA’s first agreement began with Bull, which was obtained by Atos in 2014 and is now completely built-in into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, knowing that one exaflop corresponds to one billion billion operations per next.

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