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 embedding the Nvidia A100-forty GPUs (x4)
• DDN multi-tier EXAScaler remedy with a Hybrid ES7990X and all flash SFA200NVX to provide about a hundred TB of accelerated flash functionality and four PB of long term storage.

About Atos
Atos is a international chief in electronic transformation with 110,000 staff in 73 nations around the world and annual earnings of € 12 billion. European number a single in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Large-Functionality Computing, the Group gives close-to-close Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Significant Details, Business Purposes and Electronic Workplace options. The Group is the Globally Info Engineering Spouse 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 stock index.

The reason of Atos is to assist design and style the long term of the data space. Its experience and solutions aid the enhancement of knowledge, education and learning and study in a multicultural solution and add to the enhancement of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the world, the Group permits its clients and staff, and customers of societies at huge to dwell, work and build sustainably, in a harmless and safe data space.

Press contacts Atos:
Benelux: Lise Kleijn | [email protected] | +31 six 831 sixty nine 358 |
World wide: Laura Fau | [email protected] | +33 six 73 64 04 eighteen | @laurajanefau

About VSC
The Flemish Supercomputer Center (Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum – VSC) is a partnership amongst the five Flemish universities and their college associations. This consortium provides collectively knowhow in scientific and specialized computing (which includes superior functionality computing, superior throughput computing, cloud computing and data 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 Investigation Fund – Flanders (FWO).

The VSC encourages the use of scientific and specialized computing in the Flemish academic and industrial landscape. To this close, it delivers infrastructure, teaching and solutions. In addition, VSC acts as a lever to promote the value of scientific and specialized computing and its extra worth to modern society.

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