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

Joseph B. Hash

Paris, June 29, 2020 Atos, a world-wide chief in electronic transformation, and GENCI, the French national large-effectiveness computing group, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing ability is the most potent supercomputer in France committed to educational and industrial open up investigation, and the […]

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a world-wide chief in electronic transformation, and GENCI, the French national large-effectiveness computing group, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing ability is the most potent supercomputer in France committed to educational and industrial open up investigation, and the third most potent investigation personal computer in Europe, according to the TOP500 position printed on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-structure perform carried out by the CEA with Atos for much more than twenty years*, and which manufactured it probable to determine current ability computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in thirty fourth place in the TOP500 and is run by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 system and the most recent AMD Rome processors.

Approximately 1 12 months on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now functioning at whole velocity for the very last 6 months and has been extensively employed in over a dozen educational and industrial fields this sort of as weather, astrophysics, geophysics, large fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and materials properties, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Very Huge Computing Centre (TGCC), this incredible machine has established its capabilities to present urgent computing access to substantial scale HPC means in the fight from COVID-19 fewer than two months right after being launched in production, many thanks also to potent aid supplied by CEA industry experts who established up the essential natural environment to function and article-process proficiently COVID-19 simulations.

As component of the PRACE (Partnership for Innovative Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Speedy Keep track of connect with and the national urgent COVID-19 calls from GENCI, European scientists have being employing French supercomputer means to ability 36 COVID-19 assignments with 18 of these functioning on Joliot-Curie, providing scientific results employed to accelerate and aid community determination-building for the fight from Covid-19 and velocity up the growth of a treatment based mostly on an ideal knowledge of the virus.

Due to the fact January 2020, Joliot-Curie now features an substantial computing ability with much more than 440,000 large effectiveness x86 cores in nearly 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the first supercomputer put in around the globe with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 collection processors built-in in Atos’ most recent BullSequana XH2000, which capabilities DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized electricity-effective system.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, claimed: “With its modular and well balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is 1 of the most-employed systems in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are genuinely happy to be able to give this sort of computing ability to European scientists, in specific in the fight from COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Major Info & HPC at Atos in France, included: “Every new Top500 position underlines the fast tempo of innovation in the area of Significant General performance Computing. With 6 supercomputers, together with Joliot Curie, we are happy to be rated between the leading fifty leaders in the globe many thanks to our very large-effectiveness BullSequana technological know-how, and to lead to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Very Huge Computing Center (TGCC) claimed: “All the TGCC groups have been mobilized to aid end users in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, especially those associated in assignments from COVID-19. The CEA is happy to be able to aid French and European investigation many thanks to its experience developed in the definition of personal computer centre architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their natural environment, notably by means of Joliot-Curie“.

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

Additionally, GENCI, CEA and Atos are happy to announce the acquisition of a new point out-of-the-artwork ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition less than PPI4HPC to even further boost the capabilities of the Joliot-Curie machine and aid constructing the route to Exascale** for European and French scientists.


About Atos
Atos is a world-wide chief in electronic transformation with a hundred and ten,000 personnel in 73 international locations and once-a-year earnings of € 12 billion. European quantity 1 in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Significant-General performance Computing, the Team presents end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Major Info, Business enterprise Applications and Digital Workplace remedies. The Team is the Globally Facts Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Online games and operates less than the makes Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), stated on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.
The function of Atos is to help structure the foreseeable future of the facts area. Its experience and solutions aid the growth of knowledge, training and investigation in a multicultural method and lead to the growth of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the globe, the Team allows its prospects and personnel, and users of societies at substantial to live, perform and create sustainably, in a risk-free and safe facts area.

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Laura Fau | [email protected] | +33 6 73 sixty four 04 18 | @laurajanefau

GENCI is a civil society less than French legislation, 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 inserting France between the foremost international locations inside of Europe and on the intercontinental phase in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to put into practice the French national technique by equipping with HPC and large details storage means the three national computing centres in buy to aid scientific open up investigation, to lead constructing an European built-in HPC ecosystem and to promote AI, numerical simulation and HPC inside of the educational and industrial investigation communities.

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Annabel Truong | [email protected] | Tel: +33 6 03 18 09 02

About CEA
The CEA is a French community investigation organisation serving business, specialising in four primary parts: electricity transition and lower-carbon energies, electronic transformation, health and fitness and biotechnologies, defence and stability. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French federal government. With its twenty,000 personnel and nine investigation centres geared up with extremely substantial infrastructures, the CEA depends on fundamental investigation of excellence. It is associated in national, European and intercontinental assignments with a huge vary of educational and industrial companions. The CEA ranks as the foremost investigation organisation submitting patents in France and Europe according to the Clarivate position (2019).

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Press Speak to:
Camille Decroix | [email protected] | Tel: +33 6 sixty three 68 fifty two 83
Tuline Laeser | [email protected] | Tel : +33 6 12 04 forty 22


Impression: (C) P. Stroppa – CEA.

*CEA’s initial deal started with Bull, which was acquired by Atos in 2014 and is now entirely built-in into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, knowing that 1 exaflop corresponds to 1 billion billion operations for each 2nd.

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