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Atos supercomputer to help unlock secrets of the Universe

Paris (France), London, (United kingdom) one June 2021

Atos today announces it has been awarded a contract by the University of Edinburgh to produce its most effective supercomputer, the BullSequana XH2000, the most electrical power-effective supercomputing system on the market place. This is the major system devoted to GPU computing deployed at a purchaser web page in the United kingdom.

The new system will constitute the Serious Scaling Provider of the UK’s DiRAC HPC Facility. The point out-of-the-artwork system will permit experts across the STFC concept neighborhood to push forward world-main exploration in particle physics, amongst other areas, working with NVIDIA A100 Tensor Main Graphics Processing Models (GPUs), NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand networking and AMD processors.

It signifies a major increase to DiRAC’s computing potential, substantially raising the electricity of the Serious Scaling services. DiRAC is a distributed facility with superior effectiveness computing assets hosted by the Universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Durham and Leicester. These techniques guidance elementary exploration in particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics and cosmology.

This settlement sorts aspect of a £20 million financial investment by the United kingdom Study and Innovation (UKRI) Environment Class Laboratories scheme, through the Science and Technology Services Council (STFC), to fund an upgrade of the DiRAC facility. The financial investment is delivering new techniques which are up to 4 occasions far more strong than the existing DiRAC devices, providing computing potential that can also be employed to handle speedy and rising concerns these as the COVID-19 pandemic. The upgraded DiRAC-three facility will also be much far more electrical power effective than former generations.

The new BullSequana XH2000 will be equipped to manage converged workloads at the same time (HPC simulation, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Discovering) on one single system, and therefore enable DiRAC to triumph over the limits of regular computing simulation and take a look at new applications and innovation. With chopping-edge networking requirements and the most up-to-date processing parts, it delivers excessive electricity, speed and precision. It consumes a lot less electrical power than present techniques as it is one hundred% h2o-cooled working with Atos’ patented DLC (Immediate Liquid Cooling) remedy, which minimises international electrical power intake by working with warm h2o up to 40°C.

Agnès Boudot, Senior Vice President, Head of HPC & Quantum at Atos, mentioned, “We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Edinburgh and the DiRAC neighborhood to give a superior-effectiveness computing system to guidance their world-class science programme. Our BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will use both equally CPUs and GPUs and has been configured to fulfill the Serious Scaling prerequisites of their experts. This settlement carries on to exhibit our strategic motivation to design and style and make strong and impressive supercomputers as we speedy tactic the exascale era.”

Professor Mark Wilkinson, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Leicester and Director of the DiRAC Facility, mentioned, “It is amazing that Atos has been productive in the DiRAC-three procurement at Edinburgh and will turn into a valued spouse of the DiRAC neighborhood. As well as delivering a hugely able remedy, we are talking to Atos about the extra value they will convey in phrases of market collaboration and opportunities to enhance the instruction of our learners to put together them for professions in both equally academia and market.”

Professor Luigi Del Debbio, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh and Venture Direct for the DiRAC-three procurement at Edinburgh, mentioned, “We are delighted that the shipping and delivery of this point out-of-the-artwork supercomputing system will permit our scientific neighborhood in the fields of particle physics, astronomy, cosmology and nuclear physics to go after chopping-edge exploration on a broad selection of subjects. Atos’ products and know-how will bolster our HPC system giving at the upgraded DiRAC-three facility, strengthening our exploration exercise and supporting the instruction and instruction of our learners.”

As aspect of on-going partnership pursuits, Atos will also support sponsor one student’s PhD, guidance a Hackathon and produce a sequence of greatest follow instruction workshops for experts.

Atos is fully commited to supporting closer collaboration between academia and market through the electricity of supercomputing and deep finding out. In the United kingdom, the business will work in partnership with centres of excellence together with The Science and Technology Services Council (STFC) Hartree Centre, Wellcome Genome Campus, the University of Oxford’s JADE services, and The Pirbright Institute, amongst other people.


About Atos

Atos is a international chief in digital transformation with one hundred and five,000 workers and once-a-year income of more than € 11 billion. European variety one in cybersecurity, cloud and superior effectiveness computing, the team delivers tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in seventy one nations. A pioneer in decarbonization expert services and products, Atos is fully commited to a protected and decarbonized digital for its consumers. Atos operates below the models Atos and Atos|Syntel. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), stated on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The reason of Atos is to support design and style the foreseeable future of the info room. Its know-how and expert services guidance the development of understanding, instruction and exploration in a multicultural tactic and add to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its buyers and workers, and customers of societies at significant to reside, function and create sustainably, in a secure and protected info room.

About DiRAC

DiRAC stands for Distributed Study Utilising Sophisticated Computing. The DiRAC High General performance Computing facility delivers chopping-edge supercomputing assets for United kingdom scientists doing the job on world-main scientific calculations across a wide selection of areas together with particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology and nuclear physics. It includes supercomputers at Cambridge, Durham, Leicester and Edinburgh, each developed to guidance unique forms of calculations. DiRAC also delivers entry to a workforce of professional exploration program engineers to support scientists make the most effective use of the readily available computing assets. For far more information see: https://dirac.ac.uk/.

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