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

Elvera Bartels

Paris, June 29, 2020

Atos, a international chief in electronic transformation, and GENCI, the French national high-overall performance computing group, and the CEA, expose that Joliot-Curie supercomputer with its 22 petaflop/s peak computing power is the most potent supercomputer in France devoted to educational and industrial open up investigation, and the 3rd most potent investigation laptop in Europe, according to the TOP500 ranking published on 22 June 2020. This supercomputer is derived from the co-style work carried out by the CEA with Atos for additional than twenty several years*, and which manufactured it doable to outline latest power computing architectures. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer ranks in 34th posture in the TOP500 and is powered by Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 platform and the most recent AMD Rome processors.

Almost just one year on from its inauguration, Joliot-Curie is now functioning at complete pace for the past six months and has been thoroughly made use of in more than a dozen educational and industrial fields these as climate, astrophysics, geophysics, high fidelity combustion, biology, molecular dynamics and content houses, genome and neuroscience fields.

Operated at the CEA’s Quite Substantial Computing Centre (TGCC), this amazing machine has established its abilities to provide urgent computing entry to significant scale HPC methods in the combat in opposition to COVID-19 fewer than two months after being released in output, many thanks also to potent support offered by CEA specialists who set up the vital environment to operate and publish-method proficiently COVID-19 simulations.

As part of the PRACE (Partnership for Sophisticated Computing in Europe) COVID-19 Rapidly Track call and the national urgent COVID-19 phone calls from GENCI, European scientists have being using French supercomputer methods to power 36 COVID-19 jobs with eighteen of these working on Joliot-Curie, offering scientific outcomes made use of to speed up and support general public selection-generating for the combat in opposition to Covid-19 and pace up the enhancement of a procedure centered on an the best possible expertise of the virus.

Considering the fact that January 2020, Joliot-Curie now features an intensive computing power with additional than 440,000 high overall performance x86 cores in almost 5000 of HPC nodes. It is the very first supercomputer installed globally with AMD EPYC™ 7H12 series processors built-in in Atos’ most recent BullSequana XH2000, which capabilities DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) for an optimized electricity-economical platform.

Stephane Requena, CTO of GENCI, said: “With its modular and well balanced architecture, Joliot-Curie is just one of the most-made use of units in the PRACE European HPC infrastructure we are actually happy to be equipped to present these computing power to European researchers, in distinct in the combat in opposition to COVID-19”.

Helene Bringer, Director Huge Knowledge & HPC at Atos in France, additional: “Every single new Top500 ranking underlines the quick rate of innovation in the industry of Large Performance Computing. With 6 supercomputers, which includes Joliot Curie, we are happy to be ranked among the best 50 leaders in the environment many thanks to our particularly high-overall performance BullSequana engineering, and to add to industrial and scientific competitiveness in Europe.”

Christine Ménaché, Head of the CEA’s Quite Substantial Computing Heart (TGCC) said: “All the TGCC teams have been mobilized to support users in their use of this new AMD-Rome partition in Joliot-Curie, notably these involved in jobs in opposition to COVID-19. The CEA is happy to be equipped to support French and European investigation many thanks to its abilities made in the definition of laptop middle architectures, the implementation and use of supercomputers and their environment, notably by Joliot-Curie“.

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

Furthermore, GENCI, CEA and Atos are happy to announce the acquisition of a new state-of-the-art ARM A64FX Fujitsu partition under PPI4HPC to even more boost the abilities of the Joliot-Curie machine and support creating the path to Exascale** for European and French researchers.


About Atos
Atos is a international chief in electronic transformation with one hundred ten,000 staff members in seventy three nations around the world and once-a-year earnings of € twelve billion. European amount just one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Large-Performance Computing, the Team supplies stop-to-stop Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Huge Knowledge, Enterprise Programs and Electronic Office solutions. The Team is the Worldwide Details Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the makes Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), stated on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The goal of Atos is to help style the upcoming of the information space. Its abilities and services support the enhancement of expertise, instruction and investigation in a multicultural strategy and add to the enhancement of scientific and technological excellence. Across the environment, the Team permits its prospects and staff members, and customers of societies at significant to live, work and establish sustainably, in a safe and safe information space.

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

GENCI is a civil culture under French legislation, forty nine% owned by the Condition represented by the Ministère de de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI), twenty% by CEA, twenty% by CNRS, 10% by the Universities represented by the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités and one% by Inria. Developed in 2007 by the French general public authorities, GENCI is aimed at putting France among the leading nations around the world in just Europe and on the intercontinental stage in HPC and AI. In this context, GENCI has the missions to apply the French national approach by equipping with HPC and massive facts storage methods the 3 national computing centres in get to support scientific open up investigation, to add creating an European built-in HPC ecosystem and to endorse AI, numerical simulation and HPC in just the educational and industrial investigation communities.

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

About CEA
The CEA is a French general public investigation organisation serving marketplace, specialising in four main areas: electricity transition and minimal-carbon energies, electronic transformation, health and fitness and biotechnologies, defence and stability. It carries out the missions entrusted to it by the French government. With its twenty,000 staff members and 9 investigation centres equipped with incredibly significant infrastructures, the CEA depends on basic investigation of excellence. It is involved in national, European and intercontinental jobs with a extensive array of educational and industrial partners. The CEA ranks as the leading investigation organisation filing patents in France and Europe according to the Clarivate ranking (2019).

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Camille Decroix | [email protected] | Tel: +33 six 63 sixty eight 52 83
Tuline Laeser | [email protected] | Tel : +33 six twelve 04 forty 22


Impression: (C) P. Stroppa – CEA.

*CEA’s initial agreement begun with Bull, which was obtained by Atos in 2014 and is now absolutely built-in into Atos.
**The exascale is the exaflopic scale, understanding that just one exaflop corresponds to just one billion billion operations per second.

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