Atos to deliver the most powerful supercomputer in Germany at Forschungszentrum Jülich
Paris, Munich, 22 January 2018
Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, has signed a contract to deliver its latest supercomputer, the ‘BullSequana X1000’, to Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany.
The 12-petaflop machine (able to execute more than 12 million billion operations per second) will be Germany’s fastest supercomputer and one the most powerful computers in the world.
Among numerous other activities, the BullSequana will be used in research for the Human Brain Project, which has as its goal to improve the understanding of the processes in the human brain through simulation.
“The scientific community in Germany and Europe requires high-quality, flexible and scalable computing power as well as the matching IT infrastructure. Complex simulation models and unstructured data sets with billions of data points – these are the challenges mastered by the new supercomputing module from Atos“, says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich.
As a highly flexible machine, the BullSequana is ideally suited for interdisciplinary high-level research. By selecting Atos as its partner, Forschungszentrum Jülich has become the first institution in the German research landscape to install this flagship supercomputer. The complete system will ultimately include ten BullSequana X1000 cells and is optimized for free cooling all year round, consuming 10 times less energy than previous generations of supercomputers.
“The fact that Forschungszentrum Jülich has chosen Atos BullSequana supercomputer proves that our European technologies and solutions bring significant value and the necessary trust to more and more research institutes in the demanding challenges they have to tackle. In addition, they appreciate that our Atos BullSequana supercomputer is characterized by high energy efficiency and careful use of resources which provides state-of-the-art low carbon impact, necessary to reach exascale in a sustainable way“, says Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos.
In addition to installing the supercomputer, Atos will be responsible for operations and on-site support, working closely with Munich-based specialized company ParTec, which will ensure system management with its ParaStation software stack and local staff.
“Since 2010, our experts have been developing the software, which will in future create the union of several modules into a single system. In partnership with Atos it is our goal to provide the leading software for Exascale”, says Bernhard Frohwitter, CEO of ParTec.
The supercomputer will be operated by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, a member of the Gauss Center for Supercomputing, and will be installed in Q2 2018 in Jülich, Germany. The system is financed by funds from the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with approximately 100,000 employees in 72 countries and annual revenue of around € 12 billion. European number one in Big Data, Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing and Digital Workplace, the Group provides Cloud services, Infrastructure & Data Management, Business & Platform solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. With its cutting-edge technologies, digital expertise and industry knowledge, Atos supports the digital transformation of its clients across various business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Energy & Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline. Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
About Forschungszentrum Jülich
Forschungszentrum Jülich makes a vital contribution to solving major challenges facing society in the fields of information, energy, and bioeconomy. It focuses on the future of information technologies and information processing, complex processes in the human brain, the transformation of the energy system, and a sustainable bioeconomy. Forschungszentrum Jülich develops simulation and data sciences as a key research method and makes use of large, often unique, scientific infrastructures. Its work spans a range of topics and disciplines and it exploits synergies between the research areas. With some 5,600 employees, Jülich–a member of the Helmholtz Association–is one of Europe’s large research centres.
For almost two decades, ParTec Cluster Competence Center GmbH has been a strong general-purpose cluster specialist. ParTec develops and supports a comprehensive suite of cluster management tools together with a runtime environment tuned for the largest distributed memory supercomputers in existence today and beyond.
ParTec’s ParaStation Cluster Suite is extensively used in production environments, e.g. on the general purpose JURECA Cluster system with 2.2 PFlop/s peak performance run by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) and ranked no. 51 in the June 2016 TOP500 list. After extension by a Booster module providing additional 5 PFlop/s peak performance, the combined JURECA Cluster-Booster system reached rank no. 29 in the November 2017 TOP500 list.
ParTec participates in nationally funded research projects like FAST and in EU-funded Exascale projects like DEEP, DEEP-ER and DEEP-EST.