Atos to deliver most powerful supercomputer in Norway to national e멼nfrastructure provider Uninett Sigma2

Paris, France, June 6, 2019

Atos, a glo짯bal lea짯der in digi짯tal trans짯for짯ma짯ti짯on, has signed a 4몑ear con짯tract to deli짯ver its latest super짯com짯pu짯ter, the Bull짯Se짯qua짯na XH2000, to Uni짯nett Sigma2, the natio짯nal e멼nfrastructure pro짯vi짯der in Nor짯way. The super짯com짯pu짯ter will be Norway셲 most powerful super짯com짯pu짯ter and pro짯vi짯de Nor짯we짯gi짯an rese짯ar짯chers with an enhan짯ced com짯pu짯ting capa짯ci짯ty to enable new inno짯va짯ti짯on breakthroughs.

Modern rese짯arch requi짯res signi짯fi짯cant com짯pu짯ting power and gene짯ra짯tes lar짯ge amounts of data. The짯r짯e짯fo짯re, busi짯nesses need to opti짯mi짯ze the effi짯ci짯en짯cy of their appli짯ca짯ti짯on work짯flows as well as ener짯gy con짯sump짯ti짯on, whilst mini짯mi짯zing TCO (Total Cost of Owner짯ship). With the Bull짯Se짯qua짯na XH2000 sys짯tem, which is equip짯ped with next-gene짯ra짯ti짯on AMD EPYC꽓 pro짯ces짯sors, Atos is pro짯vi짯ding a super짯com짯pu짯ter which will give Nor짯we짯gi짯an rese짯ar짯chers more than 5  times more capa짯ci짯ty than pre짯vious짯ly, with a theo짯re짯ti짯cal peak per짯for짯mance of 5.9  Peta짯Flops. Tog짯e짯ther this will enable sci짯en짯tists a powerful new tool for rese짯arch initia짯ti짯ves ran짯ging from mode짯ling cli짯ma짯te chan짯ge and dis짯co짯ve짯ring new can짯cer drugs to gai짯ning a bet짯ter under짯stan짯ding of the ori짯g짯ins of the universe.

This new solu짯ti짯on pro짯vi짯des Uni짯nett Sigma2 with a powerful envi짯ron짯ment for data-inten짯si짯ve com짯pu짯ting. It is of the utmost importance for Nor짯we짯gi짯an rese짯ar짯chers to have access to e멼nfrastructure at a high inter짯na짯tio짯nal level in order to be com짯pe짯ti짯ti짯ve, and a con짯ti짯nuing gro짯wing num짯ber of rese짯arch groups will bene짯fit great짯ly from the com짯pu짯ta짯tio짯nal power of the new sys짯tem. This sys짯tem will help us catch up some of the cur짯rent lack of resour짯ces, but signi짯fi짯cant increase in fun짯ding is neces짯sa짯ry to reme짯dy the lack of resour짯ces.  said Gun짯nar B첩e, Mana짯ging Direc짯tor of Uni짯nett Sigma2.

Our new Bull짯Se짯qua짯na XH2000 includes the latest pro짯ces짯sor and acce짯le짯ra짯tor archi짯tec짯tures to pro짯vi짯de more com짯pu짯ting power to sup짯port users go bey짯ond the limits of tra짯di짯tio짯nal simu짯la짯ti짯on. As the lea짯ding Euro짯pean super짯com짯pu짯ter manu짯fac짯tu짯rer, we are proud to be con짯tri짯bu짯ting to the com짯pe짯ti짯ti짯ve짯ness of Nor짯way and the Nor짯we짯gi짯an rese짯arch and aca짯de짯mic com짯mu짯ni짯ty. said Pierre Barn짯ab챕, Seni짯or Exe짯cu짯ti짯ve Vice-Pre짯si짯dent, Head of Big Data & Cyber짯Se짯cu짯ri짯ty Divi짯si짯on at Atos.

Envi짯ron짯men짯tal짯ly friendly

One signi짯fi짯cant and important aspect of this super짯com짯pu짯ter instal짯la짯ti짯on is ener짯gy reco짯very. First짯ly, it is 100% water-coo짯led using Atos paten짯ted DLC (Direct Liquid Coo짯ling) solu짯ti짯on, which mini짯mi짯zes glo짯bal ener짯gy con짯sump짯ti짯on by using warm water. Second짯ly, all the elec짯tri짯ci짯ty used for this new sys짯tem will come from hydro-elec짯tric power plants. Addi짯tio짯nal짯ly, the new machi짯ne will be able to reco짯ver most of the ener짯gy used for cal짯cu짯la짯ti짯on and coo짯ling, using hot water to heat the buil짯dings at the uni짯ver짯si짯ty cam짯pus at NTNU (Nor짯we짯gi짯an Uni짯ver짯si짯ty of Sci짯ence & Technology).



Tech짯ni짯cal specifications:

  • The sys짯tem com짯pri짯ses of 1344 com짯pu짯te nodes each equip짯ped with 2 x 64core, next-gene짯ra짯ti짯on AMD EPYC꽓 pro짯ces짯sors, code name 쁒ome, for a total of 172032 cores instal짯led on a total foot짯print of only 14.78 m짼. The total com짯pu짯te power will be clo짯se to 6Pflops.
  • The sys짯tem will con짯su짯me 952kW of power and 95% of the heat will be cap짯tu짯red to water.
  • The com짯pu짯tes nodes will be inter짯con짯nec짯ted with the new gene짯ra짯ti짯on of Mel짯lan짯ox HDR technology.
  • The data manage짯ment solu짯ti짯on will rely on a DDN sto짯rage with a Lust짯re par짯al짯lel file sys짯tem of more than 2.5PB.

About Atos

Atos is a glo짯bal lea짯der in digi짯tal trans짯for짯ma짯ti짯on with over 110,000 employees in 73 count짯ries and annu짯al reve짯nue of over 궗 11 bil짯li짯on. Euro짯pean num짯ber one in Cloud, Cyber짯se짯cu짯ri짯ty and High-Per짯for짯mance Com짯pu짯ting, the Group pro짯vi짯des end-to-end Orchestra짯ted Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Busi짯ness Appli짯ca짯ti짯ons and Digi짯tal Work짯place solu짯ti짯ons. The group is the World짯wi짯de Infor짯ma짯ti짯on Tech짯no짯lo짯gy Part짯ner for the Olym짯pic & Para짯lym짯pic Games and ope짯ra짯tes under the brands Atos, Atos Syn짯tel, and Uni짯fy. Atos is a SE (Socie짯tas Euro짯paea), lis짯ted on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The pur짯po짯se of Atos is to help design the future of the infor짯ma짯ti짯on tech짯no짯lo짯gy space. Its exper짯ti짯se and ser짯vices sup짯port the deve짯lo짯p짯ment of know짯ledge, edu짯ca짯ti짯on as well as mul짯ti짯cul짯tu짯ral and plu짯ra짯li짯stic approa짯ches to rese짯arch that con짯tri짯bu짯te to sci짯en짯ti짯fic and tech짯no짯lo짯gi짯cal excel짯lence. Across the world, the group enables its cus짯to짯mers, employees and col짯la짯bo짯ra짯tors, and mem짯bers of socie짯ties at lar짯ge to live, work and deve짯lop sus짯tain짯ab짯ly and con짯fi짯dent짯ly in the infor짯ma짯ti짯on tech짯no짯lo짯gy space. 

About Uni짯nett Sigma2

Uni짯nett Sigma2 is respon짯si짯ble for acqui짯ring, ope짯ra짯ting and deve짯lo짯ping the natio짯nal e멼nfrastructure for com짯pu짯ta짯tio짯nal sci짯ence in Nor짯way, and offers ser짯vices in super짯com짯pu짯ting and data storage.
In clo짯se col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on with the Uni짯ver짯si짯ty of Oslo, Uni짯ver짯si짯ty of Ber짯gen, UiT The Arc짯tic Uni짯ver짯si짯ty of Nor짯way and NTNU, Uni짯nett Sigma2 offers an attrac짯ti짯ve and sus짯tainable e멼nfrastructure and e멼nfrastructure ser짯vices to rese짯arch and hig짯her edu짯ca짯ti짯on in Nor짯way. Annu짯al cos짯ts of invest짯ment and ope짯ra짯ti짯on of natio짯nal e멼nfrastructure are on avera짯ge 150 mil짯li짯on NOK year짯ly and are finan짯ced by the Nor짯we짯gi짯an Rese짯arch Coun짯cil and the four uni짯ver짯si짯ties. Uni짯nett Sigma2 leads and coor짯di짯na짯tes the Nor짯we짯gi짯an par짯ti짯ci짯pa짯ti짯on in inter짯na짯tio짯nal coope짯ra짯ti짯on within the e멼nfrastructure.

Press cont짯acts:

Atos: Glo짯bal Lau짯ra Fau | | +33 6 73 64 04 18 | @laurajanefau

Uni짯nett Sigma2: Gun짯nar B첩e, Mana짯ging Direc짯tor Uni짯nett Sigma2, +47 911 87 850
Stein Inge Knar짯bakk, Seni짯or Pro짯ject Mana짯ger, Uni짯nett Sigma2, +47 920 57 739