Atos delivers two new BullSequana supercomputers to Météo-France to boost weather forecasting capabilities

Paris, November 14, 2019

Atos, a glo­bal lea­der in digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on, has signed a new four-year con­tract with French natio­nal meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal ser­vice, Météo-Fran­ce, to sup­ply two super­com­pu­ters based on its latest Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 tech­no­lo­gy. The new sys­tems will mul­ti­ply Météo-France’s com­pu­ting power by more than 5, com­pa­red to its cur­rent solu­ti­on, enab­ling it to achie­ve several sci­en­ti­fic break-throughs in wea­ther fore­cas­ting. Each new super­com­pu­ter is capa­ble of pro­ces­sing more than 10 mil­li­on bil­li­on ope­ra­ti­ons per second and are amongst the most power­ful meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal super­com­pu­ters in the world.

This incre­a­se in com­pu­ting power enab­les Météo-Fran­ce to pro­vi­de its cli­ents with enhan­ced and more pre­cise and reli­able fore­cas­ting infor­ma­ti­on. It will be able to impro­ve on and announ­ce fur­ther in advan­ce unex­pec­ted small-sca­le high-impact meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal phe­no­me­na (such as inten­se rain­fall, gales and the risk of hail) and refi­ne its stu­dies on the impact of cli­ma­te change.

This new 42-mil­li­on-euro con­tract (exclu­ding tax) bet­ween Atos and Météo-Fran­ce was signed fol­lowing a com­pe­ti­ti­ve dia­lo­gue pro­ce­du­re in which major HPC play­ers took part. This is the first time that Météo-Fran­ce has rene­wed a super­com­pu­ting sup­plier. The Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 boasts opti­mum ener­gy-effi­ci­en­cy with its 100% high­ly-effi­ci­ent water-coo­led paten­ted DLC (Direct Liquid Coo­ling) solu­ti­on, which mini­mi­zes glo­bal ener­gy con­sump­ti­on by using warm water up to 40°C.

We’re real­ly exci­ted to be working again with Météo-Fran­ce to boost its com­pu­ting capa­ci­ty with our Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 super­com­pu­ters” said Pierre Barn­abé, SVP, Head of Big Data & Secu­ri­ty at Atos. “Equip­ped with the latest genera­ti­on pro­ces­sors and acce­le­ra­tors, our Bull­Se­qua­na architech­tu­re offers Météo-Fran­ce a com­bi­ned peak per­for­mance of 20 peta­flops to deli­ver even more pre­cise results. It is also high­ly-ener­gy effi­ci­ent and mini­mi­zes glo­bal ener­gy consumption.”

The first Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 super­com­pu­ter will be instal­led at the Cent­re Natio­nal de Cal­cul de Météo-Fran­ce in Tou­lou­se from Novem­ber and made avail­ab­le for apti­tu­de and regu­lar ser­vice veri­fi­ca­ti­on pha­ses from Janu­a­ry 2020. The second will be instal­led at Espace Clé­ment Ader (Tou­lou­se Montaud­ran) from May 2020 and will enter the test pha­se from July 2020. The­se two com­pu­ters will be used in the second half of 2020 for ope­ra­tio­nal wea­ther fore­cas­ting and rese­arch in atmo­s­phe­ric, oce­an and cli­ma­te sci­en­ces. The two Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 plat­forms inte­gra­te the latest genera­ti­on of AMD’s EPYC x86 processors.

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About Atos

Atos is a glo­bal lea­der in digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on with over 110,000 employees in 73 coun­tries and annu­al reve­nue of over € 11 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. The group is the World­wi­de Infor­ma­ti­on Tech­no­lo­gy Part­ner for the Olym­pic & Paralym­pic Games and ope­ra­tes under the brands Atos, Atos Syn­tel, and Uni­fy. Atos is a SE (Socie­tas Euro­paea), lis­ted on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The pur­po­se of Atos is to help design the future of the infor­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy space. Its exper­ti­se and ser­vices sup­port the deve­lo­p­ment of know­ledge, edu­ca­ti­on as well as mul­ti­cul­tu­ral and plu­ra­listic approa­ches to rese­arch that con­tri­bu­te to sci­en­ti­fic and tech­no­lo­gi­cal excel­lence. Across the world, the group enab­les its cus­to­mers, employees and col­la­bo­ra­tors, and mem­bers of socie­ties at lar­ge to live, work and deve­lop sus­tainab­ly and con­fi­dent­ly in the infor­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy space.

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