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

Paris, France Ghent, Belgium – 24 June 2020

Atos, a world wide leader in electronic transformation, announces that it has signed a six-year contract for a worth of over 10 Million Euro with Ghent University (UGent) to produce the next Tier1 supercomputer for the Flemish Supercomputer Center VSC. This supercomputer will enable researchers from academic analysis institutions, federal government and industry to speed up time-consuming calculations and solve complex computational difficulties: from modeling temperature and local climate adjust to supporting the advancement of renewable power and accelerating the lookup for new medicine. Most drastically, supercomputers have not too long ago been instrumental in analysis combatting COVID-19, such as in Flanders.

Antoine Kerrinckx, CEO at Atos in Belux: “Know-how is becoming increasingly crucial in our culture. We believe it is crucial that researchers have the proper resources and infrastructure at their disposal. We are delighted to add to the development of science and engineering with the shipping and delivery of our Atos supercomputer.”

Atos will equip the new Tier1 supercomputer with BullSequana XH2000 engineering and its BullSequana X Supercomputer Suite as the software stack. This state-of-the-art software environment for Superior Effectiveness Computing and AI will permit conclusion-consumers to produce and operate the very important software codes that are made use of all through the varied analysis and advancement fields within just the VSC, these kinds of as components design, engineering, temperature/local climate modeling and bioinformatics.

This will be the 3rd Tier1 supercomputer that the VSC installs in Flanders. The first one particular ‘muk’ was mounted at Ghent University in 2012, succeeded by ‘BrENIAC’ at KU Leuven in 2016. Now, in 2020, a new Tier1 supercomputer will again be mounted at the Ghent University infrastructure hub of the Flemish Supercomputer Center VSC. The VSC is a partnership involving the five Flemish universities and is managed by the Analysis Fund – Flanders (FWO). VSC encourages the use of scientific and technical computing in the Flemish academic and industrial landscape, featuring devoted infrastructure, education and services. Funding is presented by the Flemish federal government, section of Economic system, Science and Innovation.

Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for Economic system, Science and Innovation reported: “One of the factors that the COVID-19 pandemic has plainly exemplified is that state-of-the-art infrastructure, such as supercomputers, are vital to permit powerful analysis and advancement in Flanders. I am proud that our ongoing infrastructure investments enable progress Flemish revolutionary abilities in R&D.”

The new supercomputer is scheduled for shipping and delivery at Ghent University in This autumn 2020. A further more expansion of this procedure is planned for 2022.


Technical details

The configuration is composed of five racks with the adhering to components:
• ninety eight BullSequana X2410 blades (294 nodes), each and every node equipped with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 256GB of RAM (16GB*[email protected] dims)
• fourteen BullSequana X2410 blades (42 nodes), each and every node equipped with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 512GB of RAM (32GB*[email protected] dims)
• 20 BullSequana X2415 blades equipped with the new Nvidia RedStone board embedding the Nvidia A100-forty GPUs (x4)
• DDN multi-tier EXAScaler alternative with a Hybrid ES7990X and all flash SFA200NVX to produce over a hundred TB of accelerated flash performance and four PB of very long phrase storage.

About Atos
Atos is a world wide leader in electronic transformation with a hundred and ten,000 workers in 73 nations and yearly earnings of € twelve billion. European selection one particular in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Superior-Effectiveness Computing, the Group gives conclusion-to-conclusion Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Significant Info, Business Purposes and Electronic Office remedies. The Group is the Worldwide Information Know-how Lover for the Olympic & Paralympic Online games and operates underneath the models Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), outlined on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The purpose of Atos is to enable design the potential of the info house. Its know-how and services aid the advancement of information, instruction and analysis in a multicultural strategy and add to the advancement of scientific and technological excellence. Across the globe, the Group permits its clients and workers, and customers of societies at large to stay, perform and produce sustainably, in a protected and protected info house.

Press contacts Atos:
Benelux: Lise Kleijn | [email protected] | +31 six 831 sixty nine 358 |
World: Laura Fau | [email protected] | +33 six 73 64 04 18 | @laurajanefau

About VSC
The Flemish Supercomputer Center (Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum – VSC) is a partnership involving the five Flemish universities and their college associations. This consortium delivers collectively knowhow in scientific and technical computing (such as substantial performance computing, substantial throughput computing, cloud computing and info processing) in Flanders, and residences infrastructure in four hubs: the datacenters of the universities of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven. The VSC is managed by the Analysis Fund – Flanders (FWO).

The VSC encourages the use of scientific and technical computing in the Flemish academic and industrial landscape. To this conclusion, it offers infrastructure, education and services. In addition, VSC functions as a lever to promote the relevance of scientific and technical computing and its additional worth to culture.

Press get hold of Ghent University:
Ewald Pauwels | [email protected] | +32 nine 264 4716 |