Senegal’s UVS uses Atos’ BullSequana Intel-based supercomputer to evaluate impact of COVID-19 containment measures

Paris, November 26, 2020

Atos announces that the Virtual University of Senegal (UVS) is tests a mathematical algorithm which types the distribute of COVID-19, to appraise the effect of containment measures such as social distancing and carrying masks, using Atos’ BullSequana X800 supercomputer. This supercomputer, based mostly on twond Gen Intel® Xeon® Platinum processors is obtainable by way of Atos’ new HPC, AI, and Quantum Daily life Sciences Centre of Excellence (LSCoE). Intel Company, among the many others, has provided funding for this task.

“We have presently designed an critical move forward in modelling the distribute of the virus for the Senegalese territory. With the compute abilities and knowledge provided by Atos’ BullSequana HPC system, we hope to speed up the simulation of a blend of distinct containment measures and detect these that are much more practical.” mentioned Abdou Sene, Professor of Utilized Arithmetic, Head of the Pole of Innovation and Skills for Growth (PIED) at the Virtual University of Senegal “In individual, we have applied the design at a regional scale for Senegal and therefore in buy to carry out simulations we aggregated the distinct methods applied by every single area into a single. Also, the design has been age-structured, which multiplies the size of the process by the number of age teams regarded as. Simulating such a design with precise info could give evidence of the rationale why the pandemic does not have the exact same evolution in the distinct areas of the earth.”

The Virtual University of Senegal is a single of the initial consumers of this system. In line with the Senegalese wellness authorities’ method, renowned scientists at the Pole of Innovation and Skills for Growth (PIED) of UVS have created a theoretical mathematical design equipped to simulate distinct situations in the distribute of COVID-19 and wanted innovative laptop assets to operate numerous simulations.

“Advanced computing platforms like Atos’ BullSequana have played a essential role in learning SARS-CoV-two,” mentioned Trish Damkroger, Vice President and Basic Supervisor of Higher Efficiency Computing at Intel. “Providing Atos and the UVS with the latest Intel-based mostly compute systems is letting scientists to harness remarkable quantities of info to simulate the distribute of COVID-19 and appraise the best techniques to limit its transmission.”

By accessing Atos’ main-edge systems, such as Quantum, Higher Efficiency Computing and AI, supported by Atos’ expert services and knowledge, together with this Atos-Intel HPC system, scientists at UVS are now equipped to check their design by using distinct situations to measure the effect of containment measures. The design includes a quarantined populace variable and appears at the survival of SARS-CoV-two on surfaces.

“This new HPC system, which has been designed obtainable by way of Atos’ HPC, AI, and Quantum Daily life Sciences Centre of Excellence, represents a pretty superior possibility for these like the UVS functioning on initiatives that need significant in-memory abilities.” mentioned Alpha Barry, CEO of Atos in Africa “We’re happy to be equipped to help scientists in Senegal to aid advance study to discover out much more about how the COVID-19 virus behaves and help the fight against this world wide pandemic.”

This system is readily available to all universities and laboratories globally functioning in SARS-Cov-two related initiatives and it illustrates the initial milestone in the new Atos-Intel partnership in Daily life Sciences in which Intel offers funding for a system that is completely managed and operated by Atos authorities.

Intel is dedicated to accelerating obtain to know-how that can fight the present-day pandemic and enable scientific discovery that much better prepares our earth for foreseeable future crises. This answer was funded in aspect by Intel’s Pandemic Reaction Technology Initiative. For much more facts about healthcare alternatives from Intel, go to For much more facts about Intel’s COVID-19 response, go to


Technical requirements

BullSequana X800 supercomputer

8 sockets twond Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Platinum 8280) with a whole of 224 cores)

six TB of shared memory

About Atos

Atos is a world wide leader in digital transformation with a hundred and ten,000 staff members in 73 international locations and yearly profits of € 12 billion. European number a single in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Higher-Efficiency Computing, the Group offers conclude-to-conclude Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Major Details, Company Applications and Digital Workplace alternatives. The Group is the Around the globe Info Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Video games and operates less than the manufacturers Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), detailed on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.

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