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

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a world wide leader in digital transformation, and GENCI, the French countrywide significant-performance computing organization, and the CEA, reveal that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing energy is the most potent supercomputer in France committed to academic and industrial open up investigate, and the 3rd most potent investigate laptop or computer in Europe, in accordance to the TOP500 rating posted on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-style and design work carried out by the CEA with Atos for much more than twenty yrs*, and which manufactured it feasible to define present-day energy computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in 34th situation in the TOP500 and is run by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 system and the latest AMD Rome processors.

Almost a person calendar year on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now functioning at complete speed for the past 6 months and has been thoroughly utilized in around a dozen academic and industrial fields this sort of as local climate, astrophysics, geophysics, significant fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and materials houses, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Extremely Big Computing Centre (TGCC), this incredible machine has verified its abilities to offer urgent computing access to huge scale HPC assets in the fight versus COVID-19 a lot less than two months immediately after remaining introduced in manufacturing, thanks also to strong assistance supplied by CEA industry experts who established up the important setting to work and submit-procedure efficiently COVID-19 simulations.

As element of the PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Quick Keep track of contact and the countrywide urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European experts have remaining making use of French supercomputer assets to energy 36 COVID-19 assignments with 18 of these working on Joliot-Curie, supplying scientific effects utilized to accelerate and assistance community choice-creating for the fight versus Covid-19 and speed up the development of a treatment method centered on an ideal knowledge of the virus.

Considering that January 2020, Joliot-Curie now offers an intensive computing energy with much more than 440,000 significant performance x86 cores in approximately 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the first supercomputer installed around the globe with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 sequence processors built-in in Atos’ latest BullSequana XH2000, which characteristics DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized electricity-successful system.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, stated: “With its modular and well balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is a person of the most-utilized methods in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are really proud to be in a position to supply this sort of computing energy to European researchers, in individual in the fight versus COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Significant Info & HPC at Atos in France, extra: “Each new Top500 rating underlines the quick pace of innovation in the field of Higher Efficiency Computing. With six supercomputers, together with Joliot Curie, we are proud to be rated between the best 50 leaders in the globe thanks to our exceptionally significant-performance BullSequana technology, and to contribute to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Extremely Big Computing Middle (TGCC) stated: “All the TGCC groups have been mobilized to assistance consumers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, specifically people associated in assignments versus COVID-19. The CEA is proud to be in a position to assistance French and European investigate thanks to its expertise formulated in the definition of laptop or computer middle architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their setting, notably via Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded below the European challenge PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to get impressive computing and storage alternatives, via a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for foremost HPC facilities CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

Also, GENCI, CEA and Atos are proud to announce the acquisition of a new state-of-the-art ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition below PPI4HPC to further raise the abilities of the Joliot-Curie machine and assistance developing the route to Exascale** for European and French researchers.


About Atos
Atos is a world wide leader in digital transformation with a hundred and ten,000 personnel in 73 international locations and yearly income of € 12 billion. European amount a person in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Higher-Efficiency Computing, the Group presents conclude-to-conclude Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Significant Info, Organization Programs and Digital Place of work alternatives. The Group is the Around the globe Data Engineering Lover for the Olympic & Paralympic Online games and operates below the manufacturers Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), outlined on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The objective of Atos is to enable style and design the future of the info space. Its expertise and providers assistance the development of knowledge, education and learning and investigate in a multicultural technique and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the globe, the Group enables its consumers and personnel, and members of societies at huge to live, work and develop sustainably, in a harmless and secure info space.

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GENCI is a civil culture below French law, 49% owned by the State 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 one% by Inria. Developed in 2007 by the French community authorities, GENCI is aimed at placing France between the foremost international locations in Europe and on the intercontinental stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to put into practice the French countrywide technique by equipping with HPC and enormous info storage assets the a few countrywide computing centres in purchase to assistance scientific open up investigate, to contribute developing an European built-in HPC ecosystem and to promote AI, numerical simulation and HPC in the academic and industrial investigate communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French community investigate organisation serving sector, specialising in 4 key parts: electricity changeover and lower-carbon energies, digital transformation, well being and biotechnologies, defence and stability. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French authorities. With its twenty,000 personnel and nine investigate centres geared up with very huge infrastructures, the CEA relies on basic investigate of excellence. It is associated in countrywide, European and intercontinental assignments with a wide assortment of academic and industrial associates. The CEA ranks as the foremost investigate 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 initial deal began with Bull, which was obtained by Atos in 2014 and is now fully built-in into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, being aware of that a person exaflop corresponds to a person billion billion functions for each 2nd.