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

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a worldwide chief in electronic transformation, and GENCI, the French countrywide significant-overall performance computing business, and the CEA, reveal that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing electrical power is the most powerful supercomputer in France committed to educational and industrial open analysis, and the 3rd most powerful analysis computer system in Europe, in accordance to the TOP500 rating printed on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-design and style work carried out by the CEA with Atos for more than twenty many years*, and which built it possible to determine latest electrical power computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in thirty fourth position in the TOP500 and is run by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 platform and the newest AMD Rome processors.

Practically just one calendar year on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now operating at full pace for the previous six months and has been thoroughly utilized in over a dozen educational and industrial fields these as climate, astrophysics, geophysics, significant fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and material attributes, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Incredibly Large Computing Centre (TGCC), this incredible machine has verified its abilities to supply urgent computing accessibility to significant scale HPC means in the battle against COVID-19 less than 2 months right after staying introduced in production, many thanks also to solid aid provided by CEA specialists who established up the necessary environment to work and submit-approach proficiently COVID-19 simulations.

As component of the PRACE (Partnership for Sophisticated Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Rapidly Observe call and the countrywide urgent COVID-19 calls from GENCI, European researchers have staying employing French supercomputer means to electrical power 36 COVID-19 projects with eighteen of these working on Joliot-Curie, furnishing scientific effects utilized to accelerate and aid general public conclusion-generating for the battle against Covid-19 and pace up the progress of a remedy primarily based on an the best possible know-how of the virus.

Considering that January 2020, Joliot-Curie now offers an intensive computing electrical power with more than 440,000 significant overall performance x86 cores in practically 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the very first supercomputer put in around the globe with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 series processors built-in in Atos’ newest BullSequana XH2000, which functions DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized vitality-successful platform.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, claimed: “With its modular and well balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is just one of the most-utilized units in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are really very pleased to be equipped to present these computing electrical power to European researchers, in specific in the battle against COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Big Facts & HPC at Atos in France, additional: “Every new Top500 rating underlines the quick pace of innovation in the field of Superior Performance Computing. With six supercomputers, which includes Joliot Curie, we are very pleased to be ranked among the best 50 leaders in the world many thanks to our particularly significant-overall performance BullSequana technological know-how, and to add to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Incredibly Large Computing Heart (TGCC) claimed: “All the TGCC teams have been mobilized to aid consumers in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, especially individuals associated in projects against COVID-19. The CEA is very pleased to be equipped to aid French and European analysis many thanks to its skills developed in the definition of computer system middle architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their environment, notably by means of Joliot-Curie“.

The AMD partition of Joliot-Curie was funded less than the European job PPI4HPC (H2020-754271), which aims to purchase progressive computing and storage answers, by means of a joint procurement coordinated by GENCI, for top HPC centers CEA/GENCI, CINECA (Italy), JUELICH (Germany) and BSC (Spain).

Moreover, GENCI, CEA and Atos are very pleased to announce the acquisition of a new point out-of-the-art ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition less than PPI4HPC to further more maximize the abilities of the Joliot-Curie machine and aid building the path to Exascale** for European and French researchers.


About Atos
Atos is a worldwide chief in electronic transformation with 110,000 personnel in seventy three nations and yearly revenue of € 12 billion. European selection just one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Superior-Performance Computing, the Group supplies stop-to-stop Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Facts, Small business Purposes and Electronic Workplace answers. The Group is the Around the globe Data Engineering Husband or wife for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates less than the models Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The reason of Atos is to help design and style the long run of the information and facts house. Its skills and solutions aid the progress of know-how, instruction and analysis in a multicultural approach and add to the progress of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the world, the Group enables its shoppers and personnel, and customers of societies at significant to reside, work and build sustainably, in a safe and sound and safe information and facts house.

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GENCI is a civil society less than French legislation, 49% owned by the Point out 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. Made in 2007 by the French general public authorities, GENCI is aimed at placing France among the top nations inside Europe and on the international phase in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to carry out the French countrywide tactic by equipping with HPC and large info storage means the 3 countrywide computing centres in order to aid scientific open analysis, to add building an European built-in HPC ecosystem and to promote AI, numerical simulation and HPC inside the educational and industrial analysis communities.

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About CEA
The CEA is a French general public analysis organisation serving sector, specialising in 4 main regions: vitality changeover and small-carbon energies, electronic transformation, overall health and biotechnologies, defence and stability. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French government. With its twenty,000 personnel and 9 analysis centres equipped with extremely significant infrastructures, the CEA depends on fundamental analysis of excellence. It is associated in countrywide, European and international projects with a huge array of educational and industrial partners. The CEA ranks as the top analysis organisation submitting patents in France and Europe in accordance to the Clarivate rating (2019).

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Picture: (C) P. Stroppa – CEA.

*CEA’s first deal commenced with Bull, which was obtained by Atos in 2014 and is now absolutely built-in into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, figuring out that just one exaflop corresponds to just one billion billion operations for each second.