New Atos BullSequana X supercomputer for IFISC (UIB-CSIC) research on Big Data and Complex Systems

Oct. 30, 2019

On Octo짯ber 10th, the Uni짯ver짯si짯ty of the Balea짯ric Islands (UIB) signed a con짯tract with Atos for the acqui짯si짯ti짯on of the new super짯com짯pu짯ter of IFISC (Insti짯tu짯te for Inter짯di짯sci짯pli짯na짯ry Phy짯sics and Com짯plex Sys짯tems). The new super짯com짯pu짯ting clus짯ter will be used for Big Data ana짯ly짯sis and inten짯si짯ve nume짯ri짯cal simulations.

The offer pre짯sen짯ted by Atos was the best eva짯lua짯ted among the 11 recei짯ved in the public ten짯der held at the Euro짯pean level for the acqui짯si짯ti짯on of the clus짯ter. Among the cha짯rac짯te짯ristics of the new equip짯ment, it stands out to be built on Bull Sequa짯na X430A5 ser짯vers with pro짯ces짯sors of last gene짯ra짯ti짯on AMD EPYC Rome with Zen2 archi짯tec짯tu짯re of 7nm with excel짯lent com짯pu짯ta짯tio짯nal per짯for짯mance and unsur짯pas짯sed com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯on band짯width (8 memo짯ry chan짯nels at 3200MHz, 128 chan짯nels PCIe4.0). The clus짯ter has 960 cores, 12TB of memo짯ry and 76TB of sto짯rage and com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons at 25Gb/s bet짯ween the ser짯vers and with over짯all per짯for짯man짯ces signi짯fi짯cant짯ly supe짯ri짯or to the other pro짯po짯sals. Deli짯very and instal짯la짯ti짯on is sche짯du짯led for Decem짯ber 2019.

The acqui짯si짯ti짯on of the equip짯ment is framed in the infra짯struc짯tu짯re pro짯ject EQC2018-004787AEI/FEDER UE of the Spa짯nish Plan for Sci짯en짯ti짯fic and Tech짯ni짯cal Rese짯arch and Inno짯va짯ti짯on 20172020 and is fun짯ded by the Minis짯try of Sci짯ence Inno짯va짯ti짯on and Uni짯ver짯si짯ties (Spain), the Spa짯nish Rese짯arch Agen짯cy (AEI), the Euro짯pean Regio짯nal Deve짯lo짯p짯ment Fund (ERDF) and the Uni짯ver짯si짯ty of the Balea짯ric Islands.

A very sub짯stan짯ti짯al part of the sci짯en짯ti짯fic pro짯duc짯tion of IFISC is based on inten짯si짯ve nume짯ri짯cal simu짯la짯ti짯ons of models appro짯pria짯te to the descrip짯ti짯on of various com짯plex sys짯tems. IFISC has taken advan짯ta짯ge of the oppor짯tu짯ni짯ties ari짯sing from the pro짯ces짯sing of lar짯ge amounts of data (Big Data) from infor짯ma짯ti짯on tech짯no짯lo짯gies and has pla짯ced its짯elf in a posi짯ti짯on of lea짯der짯ship in the ana짯ly짯sis of the짯se sys짯tems from a per짯spec짯ti짯ve of com짯plex sys짯tems. The addi짯ti짯on of the new super짯com짯pu짯ter clus짯ter will sub짯stan짯ti짯al짯ly enhan짯ce rese짯arch capa짯bi짯li짯ty and enable new chal짯lenges to be met.

Insti짯tu짯te for Cross-Disci짯pli짯na짯ry Phy짯sics and Com짯plex Systems

IFISC is a joint rese짯arch insti짯tu짯te of the Uni짯ver짯si짯ty of the Balea짯ric Islands and the Spa짯nish Natio짯nal Rese짯arch Coun짯cil (CSIC) crea짯ted in 2007. Its mis짯si짯on is the deve짯lo짯p짯ment of stra짯te짯gic and inter짯di짯sci짯pli짯na짯ry rese짯arch within the frame짯work of com짯plex sys짯tems. Sin짯ce 2018, it is accre짯di짯ted with the Unit of Excel짯lence Maria de Maez짯tu by the Spa짯nish Rese짯arch Agen짯cy (AEI) as one of the most inno짯va짯ti짯ve cen짯tres in sci짯en짯ti짯fic rese짯arch in Spain. IFISC is the only cent짯re in the Balea짯ric Islands with such recognition.


The Uni짯ver짯si짯ty of the Balea짯ric Islands (UIB) is a pres짯ti짯gious uni짯ver짯si짯ty reco짯gni짯zed in rese짯arch and with a strong inter짯na짯tio짯nal impact. This is reflec짯ted in the results achie짯ved in dif짯fe짯rent ran짯kings that eva짯lua짯te the qua짯li짯ty of rese짯arch and tea짯ching. This year the UIB has ente짯red for the first time in the group of the 500 best uni짯ver짯si짯ties in the world, accor짯ding to the Aca짯de짯mic Ran짯king of World Uni짯ver짯si짯ties 2019, bet짯ter known as the Shang짯hai ranking.


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 socie짯ty at lar짯ge to live, work and deve짯lop sus짯tain짯ab짯ly and con짯fi짯dent짯ly in the infor짯ma짯ti짯on tech짯no짯lo짯gy space.