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

Lavern Vogel

Paris, June 29, 2020 Atos, a worldwide chief in electronic transformation, and GENCI, the French countrywide high-efficiency computing group, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing ability is the most strong supercomputer in France dedicated to educational and industrial open up exploration, and the […]

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a worldwide chief in electronic transformation, and GENCI, the French countrywide high-efficiency computing group, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing ability is the most strong supercomputer in France dedicated to educational and industrial open up exploration, and the 3rd most strong exploration laptop or computer in Europe, in accordance to the TOP500 rating released on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-design perform carried out by the CEA with Atos for far more than 20 yrs*, and which produced it feasible to determine present ability computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in thirty fourth situation in the TOP500 and is driven by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 platform and the most current AMD Rome processors.

Approximately one particular year on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now functioning at comprehensive speed for the past six months and has been thoroughly utilized in above a dozen educational and industrial fields these kinds of as local weather, astrophysics, geophysics, high fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and materials attributes, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Extremely Large Computing Centre (TGCC), this remarkable equipment has established its abilities to provide urgent computing obtain to massive scale HPC methods in the struggle from COVID-19 fewer than 2 months soon after becoming produced in production, many thanks also to solid assist presented by CEA experts who set up the necessary ecosystem to work and write-up-process competently COVID-19 simulations.

As portion of the PRACE (Partnership for Sophisticated Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Rapidly Observe simply call and the countrywide urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European scientists have becoming working with French supercomputer methods to ability 36 COVID-19 jobs with 18 of these working on Joliot-Curie, providing scientific effects utilized to speed up and assist public final decision-creating for the struggle from Covid-19 and speed up the progress of a treatment method based on an ideal expertise of the virus.

Given that January 2020, Joliot-Curie now offers an intensive computing ability with far more than 440,000 high efficiency x86 cores in practically 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the first supercomputer put in all over the world with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 sequence processors integrated in Atos’ most current BullSequana XH2000, which options DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized energy-effective platform.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, claimed: “With its modular and well balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is one particular of the most-utilized units in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are truly very pleased to be able to present these kinds of computing ability to European researchers, in distinct in the struggle from COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Large Details & HPC at Atos in France, added: “Each new Top500 rating underlines the fast pace of innovation in the industry of Higher Functionality Computing. With 6 supercomputers, such as Joliot Curie, we are very pleased to be ranked among the best 50 leaders in the planet many thanks to our extremely high-efficiency BullSequana technology, and to add to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Extremely Large Computing Centre (TGCC) claimed: “All the TGCC groups have been mobilized to assist buyers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, specially those people concerned in jobs from COVID-19. The CEA is very pleased to be able to assist French and European exploration many thanks to its abilities developed in the definition of laptop or computer middle architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their ecosystem, notably by means of Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded under the European undertaking PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to get ground breaking computing and storage methods, by means of a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for leading HPC facilities CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

In addition, GENCI, CEA and Atos are very pleased to announce the acquisition of a new point out-of-the-artwork ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition under PPI4HPC to further raise the abilities of the Joliot-Curie equipment and assist developing the route to Exascale** for European and French researchers.


About Atos
Atos is a worldwide chief in electronic transformation with one hundred ten,000 workers in seventy three nations around the world and yearly profits of € 12 billion. European range one particular in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Higher-Functionality Computing, the Group presents conclusion-to-conclusion Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Large Details, Company Purposes and Digital Workplace methods. The Group is the Globally Information Technological innovation Companion for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the models Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The objective of Atos is to assistance design the long term of the details area. Its abilities and services assist the progress of expertise, education and learning and exploration in a multicultural tactic and add to the progress of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the planet, the Group permits its consumers and workers, and associates of societies at massive to live, perform and acquire sustainably, in a secure and secure details area.

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Laura Fau | [email protected] | +33 six seventy three 64 04 18 | @laurajanefau

GENCI is a civil society under French law, 49% owned by the State represented by the Ministère de de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI), 20% by CEA, 20% by CNRS, ten% by the Universities represented by the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités and one% by Inria. Produced in 2007 by the French public authorities, GENCI is aimed at placing France among the leading nations around the world within just Europe and on the worldwide phase in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to put into practice the French countrywide approach by equipping with HPC and huge facts storage methods the 3 countrywide computing centres in order to assist scientific open up exploration, to add developing an European integrated HPC ecosystem and to market AI, numerical simulation and HPC within just the educational and industrial exploration communities.

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Annabel Truong | [email protected] | Tel: +33 six 03 18 09 02

About CEA
The CEA is a French public exploration organisation serving business, specialising in four major areas: energy changeover and low-carbon energies, electronic transformation, health and fitness and biotechnologies, defence and protection. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French government. With its 20,000 workers and nine exploration centres outfitted with really massive infrastructures, the CEA depends on fundamental exploration of excellence. It is concerned in countrywide, European and worldwide jobs with a huge assortment of educational and industrial partners. The CEA ranks as the leading exploration organisation filing patents in France and Europe in accordance to the Clarivate rating (2019).

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Camille Decroix | [email protected] | Tel: +33 six 63 68 fifty two eighty three
Tuline Laeser | [email protected] | Tel : +33 six 12 04 40 22


Impression: (C) P. Stroppa – CEA.

*CEA’s initial deal started with Bull, which was obtained by Atos in 2014 and is now completely integrated into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, knowing that one particular exaflop corresponds to one particular billion billion functions per 2nd.

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