Atos empowers Finnish researchers to advance in Artificial Intelligence with new BullSequana supercomputer

Paris, December 20, 2018

Atos, a glo­bal lea­der in digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on, has signed a 37 mil­li­on euro 3‑year con­tract to deli­ver its latest super­com­pu­ter, the Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000, to CSCIT Cen­ter for Sci­ence in Fin­land. The con­tract, which was signed on 12 Decem­ber bet­ween the two par­ties in Espoo, will pro­vi­de Fin­nish rese­ar­chers with an enhan­ced com­pu­ting capa­ci­ty to enab­le new inno­va­ti­on bre­akth­roughs.

The Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 super­com­pu­ter will give Fin­nish rese­ar­chers five times more capa­ci­ty than pre­vious­ly, with a theo­re­ti­cal peak per­for­mance of 6,4 peta­flops. The super­com­pu­ting envi­ron­ment, which will con­sist of the Bull­Se­qua­na, a sca­lar clus­ter of 2 peta­flops, an AI-par­ti­ti­on of 2,5 peta­flops and a lar­ge data manage­ment sys­tem, will have a com­bi­ned theo­re­ti­cal peak per­for­mance of 11 peta­flops. Tog­e­ther this will enab­le rese­ar­chers to pre­dict cli­ma­te chan­ge and its effec­ts, pro­blems around rene­wa­ble and fusi­on ener­gy, uti­li­ze AI to deve­lop new tre­at­ments, and sol­ve other very com­pu­ting inten­si­ve pro­blems. The set­up will also inclu­de a solu­ti­on dedi­ca­ted to advan­ced Arti­fi­ci­al Intel­li­gence rese­arch.

This new solu­ti­on pro­vi­des CSC with a power­ful and balan­ced envi­ron­ment for data-inten­si­ve com­pu­ting, and it will lay the foun­da­ti­on for com­pe­ti­ti­ve rese­arch in Fin­land for years to come. The sys­tem from Atos will be able to meet the chal­len­ges posed by Arti­fi­ci­al Intel­li­gence rese­arch, which fur­ther empha­si­zes the value of this invest­ment for the Fin­nish socie­ty.” said Kim­mo Koski, CEO of CSC.

As the lea­ding European super­com­pu­ter manu­fac­tu­rer, we are proud to be con­tri­bu­ting to the com­pe­ti­tiveness of Fin­land and the Fin­nish rese­arch and aca­de­mic com­mu­ni­ty. Our new Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 inclu­des the latest pro­ces­sor and acce­le­ra­tor archi­tec­tures to pro­vi­de more com­pu­ting power to enab­le AI-aug­men­ted HPC simu­la­ti­on, and to sup­port users go bey­ond the limits of tra­di­tio­nal simu­la­ti­on.” said Pierre Barn­abé, Chief Ope­ra­ting Offi­cer, Big Data & Secu­ri­ty at Atos.

The new sys­tem will be deploy­ed in two pha­ses: the first pha­se in sum­mer 2019 which will inclu­de a solu­ti­on desi­gned for Arti­fi­ci­al Intel­li­gence rese­arch; and the second with Atos’ new Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 super­com­pu­ter, which will pro­vi­de a giant leap in com­pu­ting capa­ci­ty and make Fin­land the lea­ding coun­try in super­com­pu­ting in the Nor­dics.

About Atos

Atos is a glo­bal lea­der in digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on with 120,000 employees in 73 coun­tries and annu­al reve­nue of € 13 bil­li­on. European num­ber one in Cloud, Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty and High-Per­for­mance Com­pu­ting, the Group pro­vi­des end-to-end Orches­tra­ted Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Busi­ness App­li­ca­ti­ons and Digi­tal Work­place solu­ti­ons through its Digi­tal Trans­for­ma­ti­on Fac­to­ry, as well as tran­sac­tio­n­al ser­vices through World­li­ne, the European lea­der in the pay­ment indus­try. With its cut­ting-edge tech­no­lo­gies and indus­try know­ledge, Atos sup­ports the digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on of its cli­ents across all busi­ness sec­tors. The Group is the World­wi­de Infor­ma­ti­on Tech­no­lo­gy Part­ner for the Olym­pic & Paralym­pic Games and ope­ra­tes under the brands Atos, Atos Syn­tel, Uni­fy and World­li­ne. Atos is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

About CSC

CSC is a Fin­nish cen­ter of exper­ti­se in ICT that pro­vi­des world-class ser­vices for rese­arch, edu­ca­ti­on, cul­tu­re, public admi­nis­tra­ti­on and enter­pri­ses, to help them thri­ve and bene­fit socie­ty at lar­ge.