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 national substantial-general performance computing group, and the CEA, reveal that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing ability is the most strong supercomputer in France focused to tutorial and industrial open investigation, and the third most strong investigation pc in Europe, according to the TOP500 ranking posted on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-structure operate carried out by the CEA with Atos for extra than twenty years*, and which designed it possible to define present-day ability computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in thirty fourth place in the TOP500 and is powered by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 platform and the most recent AMD Rome processors.

Practically 1 year on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now running at whole speed for the last 6 months and has been thoroughly used in above a dozen tutorial and industrial fields this kind of as local climate, astrophysics, geophysics, substantial fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and materials houses, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Extremely Big Computing Centre (TGCC), this amazing machine has established its capabilities to present urgent computing access to significant scale HPC sources in the battle against COVID-19 significantly less than 2 months following currently being launched in output, many thanks also to potent help presented by CEA professionals who established up the needed natural environment to run and post-approach successfully COVID-19 simulations.

As element of the PRACE (Partnership for State-of-the-art Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Speedy Keep track of contact and the national urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European scientists have currently being employing French supercomputer sources to ability 36 COVID-19 projects with 18 of these operating on Joliot-Curie, providing scientific success used to accelerate and help general public final decision-creating for the battle against Covid-19 and speed up the improvement of a therapy dependent on an ideal expertise of the virus.

Due to the fact January 2020, Joliot-Curie now offers an intensive computing ability with extra than 440,000 substantial general performance x86 cores in nearly 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the initial supercomputer mounted worldwide with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 sequence processors integrated in Atos’ most recent BullSequana XH2000, which capabilities DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized vitality-effective platform.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, claimed: “With its modular and balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is 1 of the most-used methods in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are seriously happy to be capable to give this kind of computing ability to European researchers, in particular in the battle against COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Major Data & HPC at Atos in France, extra: “Every single new Top500 ranking underlines the fast pace of innovation in the industry of Substantial Efficiency Computing. With six supercomputers, which includes Joliot Curie, we are happy to be rated among the top rated 50 leaders in the planet many thanks to our exceptionally substantial-general performance BullSequana technological know-how, and to add to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Extremely Big Computing Heart (TGCC) claimed: “All the TGCC groups have been mobilized to help consumers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, especially those people concerned in projects against COVID-19. The CEA is happy to be capable to help French and European investigation many thanks to its knowledge formulated in the definition of pc centre architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their natural environment, notably through Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded beneath the European challenge PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to purchase modern computing and storage solutions, through a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for foremost HPC centers CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

Furthermore, GENCI, CEA and Atos are happy to announce the acquisition of a new point out-of-the-art ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition beneath PPI4HPC to even further maximize the capabilities of the Joliot-Curie machine and help constructing the path to Exascale** for European and French researchers.


About Atos
Atos is a world-wide chief in digital transformation with 110,000 employees in 73 nations and annual income of € twelve billion. European quantity 1 in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Substantial-Efficiency Computing, the Team gives close-to-close Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Major Data, Business Purposes and Electronic Workplace solutions. The Team is the Throughout the world Information Know-how Companion for the Olympic & Paralympic Video games and operates beneath the manufacturers Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), shown on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The intent of Atos is to aid structure the long run of the information and facts room. Its knowledge and expert services help the improvement of expertise, training and investigation in a multicultural tactic and add to the improvement of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the planet, the Team allows its consumers and employees, and associates of societies at significant to reside, operate and build sustainably, in a safe and secure information and facts room.

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GENCI is a civil modern society beneath French regulation, forty nine% owned by the Condition represented by the Ministère de de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI), twenty% by CEA, twenty% by CNRS, ten% by the Universities represented by the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités and 1% by Inria. Established in 2007 by the French general public authorities, GENCI is aimed at placing France among the foremost nations inside of Europe and on the international stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to put into action the French national system by equipping with HPC and huge data storage sources the a few national computing centres in purchase to help scientific open investigation, to add constructing an European integrated HPC ecosystem and to market AI, numerical simulation and HPC inside of the tutorial and industrial investigation communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French general public investigation organisation serving market, specialising in 4 principal places: vitality transition and small-carbon energies, digital transformation, health and fitness and biotechnologies, defence and safety. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French federal government. With its twenty,000 employees and 9 investigation centres geared up with quite significant infrastructures, the CEA depends on fundamental investigation of excellence. It is concerned in national, European and international projects with a extensive array of tutorial and industrial companions. The CEA ranks as the foremost investigation organisation submitting patents in France and Europe according to the Clarivate ranking (2019).

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*CEA’s original agreement begun with Bull, which was acquired by Atos in 2014 and is now thoroughly integrated into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, understanding that 1 exaflop corresponds to 1 billion billion functions for each 2nd.