Atos supercomputer to help unlock secrets of the Universe

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

Atos these days announces it has been awarded a agreement by the University of Edinburgh to provide its most productive supercomputer, the BullSequana XH2000, the most power-productive supercomputing program on the market place. This is the major program committed to GPU computing deployed at a buyer web site in the United kingdom.

The new program will constitute the Extreme Scaling Services of the UK’s DiRAC HPC Facility. The point out-of-the-art platform will allow researchers throughout the STFC idea community to travel ahead earth-leading analysis in particle physics, among other regions, working with NVIDIA Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and AMD processors.

It represents a key increase to DiRAC’s computing capability, appreciably escalating the ability of the Extreme Scaling services. DiRAC is a distributed facility with substantial efficiency computing sources hosted by the Universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Durham and Leicester. These methods assistance essential analysis in particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics and cosmology.

This agreement types component of a £20 million financial commitment by the United kingdom Exploration and Innovation (UKRI) Earth Class Laboratories scheme, as a result of the Science and Technological innovation Amenities Council (STFC), to fund an enhance of the DiRAC facility. The financial commitment is delivering new methods which are up to 4 occasions much more effective than the existing DiRAC devices, supplying computing capability that can also be utilised to deal with quick and rising challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The upgraded DiRAC-3 facility will also be considerably much more power productive than previous generations.

The new BullSequana XH2000 will be ready to deal with converged workloads concurrently (HPC simulation, Synthetic Intelligence, Deep Understanding) on one particular one program, and as a result enable DiRAC to get over the boundaries of standard computing simulation and explore new applications and innovation. With chopping-edge networking expectations and the most up-to-date processing elements, it offers serious ability, velocity and precision. It consumes considerably less power than existing methods as it is 100% h2o-cooled working with Atos’ patented DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) solution, which minimises international power intake by working with heat h2o up to 40°C.

Agnès Boudot, Senior Vice President, Head of HPC & Quantum at Atos, reported, “We are happy to be partnering with the University of Edinburgh and the DiRAC community to supply a substantial-efficiency computing platform to assistance their earth-course science programme. Our BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will use both equally CPUs and GPUs and has been configured to fulfill the Extreme Scaling requirements of their researchers. This agreement proceeds to display our strategic motivation to structure and construct effective and progressive supercomputers as we rapid technique the exascale period.”

Professor Mark Wilkinson, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Leicester and Director of the DiRAC Facility, reported, “It is great that Atos has been successful in the DiRAC-3 procurement at Edinburgh and will develop into a valued spouse of the DiRAC community. As effectively as delivering a highly able solution, we are speaking to Atos about the further benefit they will carry in conditions of business collaboration and prospects to enhance the education of our students to put together them for occupations in both equally academia and business.”

Professor Luigi Del Debbio, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh and Venture Guide for the DiRAC-3 procurement at Edinburgh, reported, “We are delighted that the shipping of this point out-of-the-art supercomputing program will allow our scientific community in the fields of particle physics, astronomy, cosmology and nuclear physics to go after chopping-edge analysis on a wide vary of matters. Atos’ products and experience will bolster our HPC program providing at the upgraded DiRAC-3 facility, strengthening our analysis action and supporting the training and education of our students.”

As component of on-going partnership things to do, Atos will also help sponsor one particular student’s PhD, assistance a Hackathon and provide a collection of finest observe education workshops for researchers.

Atos is fully commited to supporting nearer collaboration amongst academia and business as a result of the ability of supercomputing and deep discovering. In the United kingdom, the organization is effective in partnership with centres of excellence which include The Science and Technological innovation Amenities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre, Wellcome Genome Campus, the University of Oxford’s JADE services, and The Pirbright Institute, among some others.


About Atos

Atos is a international leader in electronic transformation with one hundred and five,000 staff members and annual profits of in excess of € 11 billion. European variety one particular in cybersecurity, cloud and substantial efficiency computing, the team offers tailored finish-to-finish solutions for all industries in seventy one countries. A pioneer in decarbonization expert services and products, Atos is fully commited to a protected and decarbonized electronic for its clients. Atos operates less than the manufacturers Atos and Atos|Syntel. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), shown on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The intent of Atos is to help structure the upcoming of the information and facts area. Its experience and expert services assistance the growth of understanding, training and analysis in a multicultural technique and add to the growth of scientific and technological excellence. Across the earth, the Group allows its buyers and staff members, and users of societies at massive to dwell, get the job done and build sustainably, in a secure and protected information and facts area.

About DiRAC

DiRAC stands for Distributed Exploration Utilising Highly developed Computing. The DiRAC High Overall performance Computing facility offers chopping-edge supercomputing sources for United kingdom scientists doing work on earth-leading scientific calculations throughout a wide vary of regions which include particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology and nuclear physics. It comprises supercomputers at Cambridge, Durham, Leicester and Edinburgh, each intended to assistance precise types of calculations. DiRAC also offers access to a team of professional analysis computer software engineers to help scientists make the most productive use of the obtainable computing sources. For much more specifics see:

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