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Atos supercomputer to help unlock secrets of the Universe

Paris (France), London, (British isles) 1 June 2021

Atos nowadays announces it has been awarded a contract by the University of Edinburgh to provide its most successful supercomputer, the BullSequana XH2000, the most vitality-successful supercomputing technique on the market place. This is the greatest technique devoted to GPU computing deployed at a buyer web site in the British isles.

The new technique will represent the Extreme Scaling Services of the UK’s DiRAC HPC Facility. The condition-of-the-art system will allow for experts throughout the STFC concept neighborhood to drive ahead planet-major investigation in particle physics, between other spots, making use of NVIDIA A100 Tensor Main Graphics Processing Models (GPUs), NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand networking and AMD processors.

It signifies a key raise to DiRAC’s computing potential, noticeably growing the electric power of the Extreme Scaling assistance. DiRAC is a distributed facility with large efficiency computing means hosted by the Universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Durham and Leicester. These systems assist basic investigation in particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics and cosmology.

This arrangement forms element of a £20 million investment by the British isles Analysis and Innovation (UKRI) Earth Class Laboratories scheme, through the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), to fund an enhance of the DiRAC facility. The investment is providing new systems which are up to 4 occasions far more powerful than the current DiRAC equipment, supplying computing potential that can also be applied to handle speedy and rising problems these types of as the COVID-19 pandemic. The upgraded DiRAC-3 facility will also be a lot far more vitality successful than previous generations.

The new BullSequana XH2000 will be capable to deal with converged workloads simultaneously (HPC simulation, Synthetic Intelligence, Deep Learning) on one particular solitary technique, and for that reason help DiRAC to get over the limitations of regular computing simulation and discover new applications and innovation. With reducing-edge networking specifications and the latest processing elements, it gives extreme electric power, velocity and accuracy. It consumes less vitality than existing systems as it is 100% water-cooled making use of Atos’ patented DLC (Immediate Liquid Cooling) option, which minimises world vitality usage by making use of warm water up to 40°C.

Agnès Boudot, Senior Vice President, Head of HPC & Quantum at Atos, reported, “We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Edinburgh and the DiRAC neighborhood to present a large-efficiency computing system to assist their planet-course science programme. Our BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will use both of those CPUs and GPUs and has been configured to meet the Extreme Scaling prerequisites of their experts. This arrangement proceeds to display our strategic determination to structure and establish powerful and impressive supercomputers as we speedy strategy the exascale era.”

Professor Mark Wilkinson, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Leicester and Director of the DiRAC Facility, reported, “It is superb that Atos has been prosperous in the DiRAC-3 procurement at Edinburgh and will become a valued partner of the DiRAC neighborhood. As well as providing a hugely capable option, we are conversing to Atos about the further price they will carry in terms of field collaboration and chances to enrich the instruction of our pupils to get ready them for professions in both of those academia and field.”

Professor Luigi Del Debbio, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh and Task Direct for the DiRAC-3 procurement at Edinburgh, reported, “We are delighted that the supply of this condition-of-the-art supercomputing technique will allow for our scientific neighborhood in the fields of particle physics, astronomy, cosmology and nuclear physics to go after reducing-edge investigation on a wide range of matters. Atos’ gear and knowledge will bolster our HPC technique featuring at the upgraded DiRAC-3 facility, strengthening our investigation exercise and supporting the education and learning and instruction of our pupils.”

As element of on-heading partnership activities, Atos will also assistance sponsor one particular student’s PhD, assist a Hackathon and provide a series of best practice instruction workshops for experts.

Atos is dedicated to supporting closer collaboration concerning academia and field through the electric power of supercomputing and deep learning. In the British isles, the enterprise works in partnership with centres of excellence together with The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre, Wellcome Genome Campus, the University of Oxford’s JADE assistance, and The Pirbright Institute, between other individuals.


About Atos

Atos is a world leader in digital transformation with 105,000 workers and yearly income of in excess of € eleven billion. European range one particular in cybersecurity, cloud and large efficiency computing, the team gives tailor-made conclude-to-conclude solutions for all industries in seventy one international locations. A pioneer in decarbonization solutions and merchandise, Atos is dedicated to a protected and decarbonized digital for its purchasers. Atos operates below the models Atos and Atos|Syntel. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), detailed on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.

The objective of Atos is to assistance structure the foreseeable future of the details area. Its knowledge and solutions assist the progress of know-how, education and learning and investigation in a multicultural strategy and contribute to the progress of scientific and technological excellence. Across the planet, the Team enables its shoppers and workers, and associates of societies at big to dwell, perform and build sustainably, in a risk-free and protected details area.

About DiRAC

DiRAC stands for Dispersed Analysis Utilising Advanced Computing. The DiRAC Substantial General performance Computing facility gives reducing-edge supercomputing means for British isles researchers working on planet-major scientific calculations throughout a wide range of spots together with particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology and nuclear physics. It contains supercomputers at Cambridge, Durham, Leicester and Edinburgh, each individual designed to assist certain types of calculations. DiRAC also gives obtain to a workforce of pro investigation software package engineers to assistance researchers make the most successful use of the available computing means. For far more specifics see: https://dirac.ac.uk/.

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