Ghent University engages Atos to build third Tier1 VSC supercomputer supporting research in Flanders

Paris, France Ghent, Belgium – 24 June 2020

Atos, a international leader in digital transformation, announces that it has signed a 6-12 months agreement for a worth of around ten Million Euro with Ghent University (UGent) to provide the upcoming Tier1 supercomputer for the Flemish Supercomputer Centre VSC. This supercomputer will assistance researchers from academic investigation institutions, authorities and field to pace up time-consuming calculations and fix advanced computational challenges: from modeling weather conditions and local weather modify to supporting the progress of renewable energy and accelerating the lookup for new drugs. Most considerably, supercomputers have a short while ago been instrumental in investigation combatting COVID-19, including in Flanders.

Antoine Kerrinckx, CEO at Atos in Belux: “Technologies is getting to be progressively important in our society. We feel it is really important that researchers have the right instruments and infrastructure at their disposal. We are delighted to lead to the development of science and technological know-how with the shipping of our Atos supercomputer.”

Atos will equip the new Tier1 supercomputer with BullSequana XH2000 technological know-how and its BullSequana X Supercomputer Suite as the computer software stack. This advanced computer software setting for Superior Functionality Computing and AI will empower close-buyers to establish and run the important computer software codes that are made use of during the varied investigation and progress fields inside of the VSC, these types of as elements design, engineering, weather conditions/local weather modeling and bioinformatics.

This will be the 3rd Tier1 supercomputer that the VSC installs in Flanders. The first one particular ‘muk’ was put in at Ghent University in 2012, succeeded by ‘BrENIAC’ at KU Leuven in 2016. Now, in 2020, a new Tier1 supercomputer will once more be put in at the Ghent University infrastructure hub of the Flemish Supercomputer Centre VSC. The VSC is a partnership concerning the 5 Flemish universities and is managed by the Study Fund – Flanders (FWO). VSC encourages the use of scientific and technological computing in the Flemish academic and industrial landscape, presenting committed infrastructure, instruction and providers. Funding is supplied by the Flemish authorities, department of Overall economy, Science and Innovation.

Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for Overall economy, Science and Innovation reported: “One of the matters that the COVID-19 pandemic has obviously exemplified is that point out-of-the-art infrastructure, including supercomputers, are critical to empower potent investigation and progress in Flanders. I am happy that our ongoing infrastructure investments assistance advance Flemish groundbreaking abilities in R&D.”

The new supercomputer is scheduled for shipping at Ghent University in Q4 2020. A even further expansion of this program is planned for 2022.


Specialized facts

The configuration consists of 5 racks with the adhering to factors:
• ninety eight BullSequana X2410 blades (294 nodes), each individual node outfitted with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 256GB of RAM (16GB*sixteen@3200MHz dims)
• fourteen BullSequana X2410 blades (forty two nodes), each individual node outfitted with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 512GB of RAM (32GB*sixteen@3200MHz dims)
• 20 BullSequana X2415 blades outfitted with the new Nvidia RedStone board embedding the Nvidia A100-forty GPUs (x4)
• DDN multi-tier EXAScaler resolution with a Hybrid ES7990X and all flash SFA200NVX to provide around a hundred TB of accelerated flash performance and four PB of extended time period storage.

About Atos
Atos is a international leader in digital transformation with one hundred ten,000 workers in 73 nations and yearly profits of € twelve billion. European number one particular in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Superior-Functionality Computing, the Group provides close-to-close Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Knowledge, Business Apps and Digital Workplace solutions. The Group is the Around the globe Data Technologies Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Game titles and operates less than the manufacturers Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), detailed on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.

The reason of Atos is to assistance design the future of the facts space. Its knowledge and providers assistance the progress of awareness, instruction and investigation in a multicultural strategy and lead to the progress of scientific and technological excellence. Across the globe, the Group allows its clients and workers, and customers of societies at large to stay, work and establish sustainably, in a safe and secure facts space.

Push contacts Atos:
Benelux: Lise Kleijn | [email protected] | +31 6 831 69 358 |
World-wide: Laura Fau | [email protected] | +33 6 73 sixty four 04 eighteen | @laurajanefau

About VSC
The Flemish Supercomputer Centre (Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum – VSC) is a partnership concerning the 5 Flemish universities and their university associations. This consortium brings collectively knowhow in scientific and technological computing (including superior performance computing, superior throughput computing, cloud computing and facts processing) in Flanders, and properties infrastructure in 4 hubs: the datacenters of the universities of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven. The VSC is managed by the Study Fund – Flanders (FWO).

The VSC encourages the use of scientific and technological computing in the Flemish academic and industrial landscape. To this close, it presents infrastructure, instruction and providers. In addition, VSC acts as a lever to endorse the significance of scientific and technological computing and its additional worth to society.

Push get in touch with Ghent University:
Ewald Pauwels | [email protected] | +32 nine 264 4716 |