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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 chief in electronic transformation, announces that it has signed a six-12 months contract for a worth of over 10 Million Euro with Ghent College (UGent) to provide the upcoming Tier1 supercomputer for the Flemish Supercomputer Center VSC. This supercomputer will enable researchers from educational […]

Paris, France Ghent, Belgium – 24 June 2020

Atos, a world-wide chief in electronic transformation, announces that it has signed a six-12 months contract for a worth of over 10 Million Euro with Ghent College (UGent) to provide the upcoming Tier1 supercomputer for the Flemish Supercomputer Center VSC. This supercomputer will enable researchers from educational exploration institutions, federal government and industry to speed up time-consuming calculations and solve complicated computational complications: from modeling weather conditions and climate modify to supporting the advancement of renewable power and accelerating the search for new medication. Most appreciably, supercomputers have just lately been instrumental in exploration combatting COVID-19, which includes in Flanders.

Antoine Kerrinckx, CEO at Atos in Belux: “Technologies is turning out to be increasingly critical in our modern society. We consider it really is critical that researchers have the proper applications and infrastructure at their disposal. We are delighted to contribute to the development of science and know-how with the shipping of our Atos supercomputer.”

Atos will equip the new Tier1 supercomputer with BullSequana XH2000 know-how and its BullSequana X Supercomputer Suite as the application stack. This innovative application environment for Significant General performance Computing and AI will allow conclusion-end users to develop and operate the vital application codes that are employed all through the varied exploration and advancement fields in just the VSC, this sort of as components design and style, engineering, weather conditions/climate modeling and bioinformatics.

This will be the third Tier1 supercomputer that the VSC installs in Flanders. The initially one ‘muk’ was mounted at Ghent College in 2012, succeeded by ‘BrENIAC’ at KU Leuven in 2016. Now, in 2020, a new Tier1 supercomputer will all over again be mounted at the Ghent College infrastructure hub of the Flemish Supercomputer Center VSC. The VSC is a partnership amongst the 5 Flemish universities and is managed by the Investigate Fund – Flanders (FWO). VSC encourages the use of scientific and technical computing in the Flemish educational and industrial landscape, providing focused infrastructure, coaching and products and services. Funding is delivered by the Flemish federal government, division of Economy, Science and Innovation.

Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for Economy, Science and Innovation stated: “One of the points that the COVID-19 pandemic has evidently exemplified is that condition-of-the-art infrastructure, which includes supercomputers, are vital to allow robust exploration and advancement in Flanders. I am happy that our steady infrastructure investments enable advance Flemish revolutionary capabilities in R&D.”

The new supercomputer is scheduled for shipping at Ghent College in Q4 2020. A further growth of this process is planned for 2022.

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Technological specifics

The configuration is composed of 5 racks with the adhering to elements:
• ninety eight BullSequana X2410 blades (294 nodes), each node outfitted with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 256GB of RAM (16GB*[email protected] dims)
• fourteen BullSequana X2410 blades (42 nodes), each node outfitted with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 512GB of RAM (32GB*[email protected] dims)
• 20 BullSequana X2415 blades outfitted with the new Nvidia RedStone board embedding the Nvidia A100-40 GPUs (x4)
• DDN multi-tier EXAScaler remedy with a Hybrid ES7990X and all flash SFA200NVX to provide over 100 TB of accelerated flash general performance and 4 PB of extensive time period storage.

About Atos
Atos is a world-wide chief in electronic transformation with 110,000 employees in 73 countries and once-a-year profits of € twelve billion. European variety one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Significant-General performance Computing, the Group delivers conclusion-to-conclusion Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Major Information, Business Purposes and Electronic Office alternatives. The Group is the All over the world Information and facts Technologies Husband or wife for the Olympic & Paralympic Game titles and operates less than the models Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), mentioned on the CAC40 Paris inventory index.

The function of Atos is to enable design and style the foreseeable future of the information and facts space. Its abilities and products and services aid the advancement of information, education and exploration in a multicultural technique and contribute to the advancement of scientific and technological excellence. Across the earth, the Group permits its buyers and employees, and associates of societies at massive to live, perform and develop sustainably, in a protected and safe information and facts space.

Press contacts Atos:
Benelux: Lise Kleijn | [email protected] | +31 six 831 69 358 |
International: Laura Fau | [email protected] | +33 six 73 sixty four 04 eighteen | @laurajanefau

About VSC
The Flemish Supercomputer Center (Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum – VSC) is a partnership amongst the 5 Flemish universities and their college associations. This consortium brings collectively knowhow in scientific and technical computing (which includes higher general performance computing, higher throughput computing, cloud computing and information processing) in Flanders, and properties infrastructure in 4 hubs: the datacenters of the universities of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven. The VSC is managed by the Investigate Fund – Flanders (FWO).

The VSC encourages the use of scientific and technical computing in the Flemish educational and industrial landscape. To this conclusion, it offers infrastructure, coaching and products and services. In addition, VSC functions as a lever to advertise the great importance of scientific and technical computing and its added worth to modern society.

Press contact Ghent College:
Ewald Pauwels | [email protected] | +32 nine 264 4716 |