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

Paris, France Ghent, Belgium – 24 June 2020

Atos, a international chief in electronic transformation, announces that it has signed a six-yr agreement for a worth of about 10 Million Euro with Ghent College (UGent) to provide the future Tier1 supercomputer for the Flemish Supercomputer Center VSC. This supercomputer will assist researchers from academic study institutions, authorities and marketplace to speed up time-consuming calculations and clear up intricate computational problems: from modeling weather and local climate adjust to supporting the enhancement of renewable electricity and accelerating the research for new drugs. Most significantly, supercomputers have just lately been instrumental in study combatting COVID-19, which includes in Flanders.

Antoine Kerrinckx, CEO at Atos in Belux: “Engineering is getting to be ever more essential in our modern society. We believe it can be essential that researchers have the suitable tools and infrastructure at their disposal. We are delighted to add to the progress of science and technological know-how with the delivery of our Atos supercomputer.”

Atos will equip the new Tier1 supercomputer with BullSequana XH2000 technological know-how and its BullSequana X Supercomputer Suite as the application stack. This sophisticated application surroundings for Large Functionality Computing and AI will permit close-consumers to build and run the important application codes that are utilized throughout the assorted study and enhancement fields within just the VSC, these kinds of as supplies design and style, engineering, weather/local climate modeling and bioinformatics.

This will be the 3rd Tier1 supercomputer that the VSC installs in Flanders. The initial a single ‘muk’ was mounted at Ghent College in 2012, succeeded by ‘BrENIAC’ at KU Leuven in 2016. Now, in 2020, a new Tier1 supercomputer will once again be mounted at the Ghent College infrastructure hub of the Flemish Supercomputer Center VSC. The VSC is a partnership amongst the five Flemish universities and is managed by the Investigation Fund – Flanders (FWO). VSC encourages the use of scientific and specialized computing in the Flemish academic and industrial landscape, presenting focused infrastructure, teaching and solutions. Funding is supplied by the Flemish authorities, section of Economic system, Science and Innovation.

Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for Economic system, Science and Innovation claimed: “One of the issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly exemplified is that point out-of-the-art infrastructure, which includes supercomputers, are critical to permit sturdy study and enhancement in Flanders. I am proud that our continuous infrastructure investments assist advance Flemish pioneering abilities in R&D.”

The new supercomputer is scheduled for delivery at Ghent College in This fall 2020. A further growth of this process is planned for 2022.


Complex aspects

The configuration consists of five racks with the next elements:
• ninety eight BullSequana X2410 blades (294 nodes), every single node equipped with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 256GB of RAM (16GB*[email protected] dims)
• 14 BullSequana X2410 blades (42 nodes), every single node equipped with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 512GB of RAM (32GB*[email protected] dims)
• twenty BullSequana X2415 blades equipped with the new Nvidia RedStone board