AtoS: Atos’ supercomputer will help unlock the secrets of the Universe

AtoS: Atos’ supercomputer will help unlock the secrets of the Universe
AtoS: Atos’ supercomputer will help unlock the secrets of the Universe

Atos supercomputer helpa to unravel the secrets of the Universe

Paris (France), London (United Kingdom), the 1is June 2021 – Atos today announced the signing of a contract with the University of Edinburgh for the supply of its most efficient and energy efficient supercomputer on the market: the BullSequana XH2000. This contract represents the largest graphics processor (GPU) accelerated computing system deployment at a customer site in the United Kingdom.

The BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will constitute the “Extreme Scaling Service” system of DiRAC HPC in the United Kingdom. This cutting-edge platform will enable the science team of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) community to advance global research – for example in the field of particle physics – using NVIDIA graphics processors and processors. AMD.

The BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will significantly increase the computing capacity of DiRAC and the power of the Extreme Scaling Service. DiRAC provides distributed high performance computing services hosted by the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Durham and Leicester. These systems support fundamental research in particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics and cosmology.

The contract is part of a £ 20million investment to upgrade the DiRAC facility, and is part of UKRI’s (UK Research and Innovation) ‘World Class Laboratories’ program. by STFC. This investment will provide new systems, up to four times more powerful than existing DiRAC machines, and thus provide computing capacity that can be used to respond to new and urgent issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. . The improved “DiRAC-3” installation will also be much more energy efficient than previous generations.

The new BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will be able to simultaneously manage converged workloads (HPC simulation, artificial intelligence, deep learning) on ​​a single system. It will thus enable the DiRAC installation to push the boundaries of traditional computer simulation and explore new possibilities in terms of applications and innovation. With state-of-the-art network standards and processing components, the BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer delivers exceptional power, speed and precision. This new system consumes less energy than current systems, as it is completely cooled by water thanks to Atos’ patented DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) solution, which reduces overall energy consumption by using water. hot water at 40 ° C.

Agnes Boudot, Please, Head of HPC & Quantum activities at Atos, declares: “We are pleased to partner with the University of Edinburgh and the DiRAC community to provide a high performance computing platform and so support dscientific programs of great span. Our BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will use both processors and graphics processing units. We configured it to meet the needs and Extreme Scaling requirements of the science team. As we will soon enter the era of exascale, this contract testifies to our commitment and our strategic ambition to design and build supercomputers that are both powerful and innovative. “

Mark Wilkinson, PProfessor of Astrophysics at the University of Leicester and Director of the DiRAC facility, adds: ” I am delighted that Atos has won the DiRAC-3 contract in Edinburgh and becomes a partner of choice for the DiRAC community. In addition to the high-performance solution that Atos offers, we also discuss together the added value that the company could bring in terms of opportunities and collaboration with the industrial world, but also how it could help improve the education of our students to prepare them for careers in both academia and industry. “

Luigi Del Debbio, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh and Project Manager for the DiRAC-3 Contract in Edinburgh, declares: ” We are delighted that the delivery of this innovative high-performance computing system enables our scientific community to continue his cutting-edge research in the fields of particle physics, astronomy, cosmology and physics nuclear . The solutions and Atos expertise will strengthen our HPC systems offering within the enhanced DiRAC-3 facility, while consolidating our research activity and supporting the education and training of our students. ”

As part of its partnership with the University, Atos also plans to sponsor a student’s doctorate, support a hackathon and organize a series of training workshops on best practices for scientists to adopt.

Atos is committed to strengthening collaboration between universities and the business world through the power of high-performance computing and deep learning. In the United Kingdom, the Group works in close collaboration with centers of excellence such as the Hartree Center at STFC, the Wellcome Genome Campus, the JADE project at the University of Oxford and the Pirbright Institute.

About Atos

Atos is an international leader in digital transformation with 105,000 employees and an annual turnover of 11 billion euros. European leader in cloud, cybersecurity and supercomputers, the Group provides integrated solutions for all sectors, in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to providing secure and carbon-free digital solutions to its customers. Atos operates under the Atos and Atos | Syntel brands. Atos is an SE (European Company) listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC 40 index.

The raison d’être of Atos is to help shape the information space. With its skills and services, the Group supports the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contributes to the development of scientific and technological excellence. All over the world, Atos enables its customers and employees, and more generally the greatest number of people, to live, work and progress sustainably and in complete confidence in the information space.

About DiRAC

DiRAC, or “Distributed Research Using Advanced Computing”, refers to a powerful distributed computing facility. The DiRAC High Performance Computing (HPC) facility provides state-of-the-art supercomputing resources to UK researchers and academics working on leading scientific calculations in many fields such as particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology and nuclear physics. DiRAC brings together supercomputers from Cambridge, Durham, Leicester and Edinburgh, each designed to support specific types of calculations. DiRAC also brings together a team of engineers who are experts in research software to help researchers make the best use of available computing resources. For more information, please see:

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