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