2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors in new Atos supercomputer aim to reduce impact of severe weather events

Euro­pean Cent­re for Medi­um-Ran­ge Wea­ther Fore­casts (ECMWF) to leverage high-per­for­mance AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors in new sys­tem

SANTA CLARA, Cali­for­nia

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announ­ced that its EPYC pro­ces­sors have been selec­ted by the Euro­pean Cent­re for Medi­um-Ran­ge Wea­ther Fore­casts (ECMWF) to acce­le­ra­te its new world-lea­ding super­com­pu­ter, based on Atos’s latest Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 tech­no­lo­gy, for one of the most power­ful meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal super­com­pu­ters in the world.

Once ope­ra­tio­nal in 2021, the super­com­pu­ter will allow ECMWF to run its pre­dic­tions at a hig­her reso­lu­ti­on, of around 10km, offe­ring reli­able, advan­ced nume­ri­cal pre­dic­tions about the occur­rence and inten­si­ty of extre­me wea­ther events ahead of time.

By lever­aging our high-per­for­mance AMD EPYC ser­ver pro­ces­sors, the Atos super­com­pu­ter can enab­le signi­fi­cant impro­ve­ments in wea­ther fore­cas­ting, hel­ping to incre­a­se the accu­ra­cy of wea­ther pre­dic­tions around the world,” said For­rest Nor­rod, Seni­or Vice Pre­si­dent and Gene­ral Mana­ger, Data Cen­ter and Embed­ded Solu­ti­ons Busi­ness Group. “The real-time data powe­red by AMD EPYC and deli­ve­r­ed by the super­com­pu­ter at ECMWF has the poten­ti­al to decre­a­se the impact of seve­re wea­ther events on peo­p­les’ lives.”

The incre­a­se in ECMWF’s com­pu­ting power, with the indus­try lea­ding core count of the AMD EPYC™ 7742, will sup­port hund­reds of rese­ar­chers from over 30 coun­tries across Euro­pe in their work on medi­um and long-ran­ge wea­ther fore­cas­ting.

We’re real­ly deligh­ted to have been selec­ted by ECMWF for this major con­tract. This is tes­ta­ment not only to our solid exper­ti­se and ope­ra­tio­nal excel­lence nee­ded to install, mana­ge and run such a lar­ge sys­tem, but also to the best-of-breed tech­no­lo­gy which we are sup­ply­ing, with our Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 and our part­ners AMD, Mel­lanox and DDN,” said Sophie Proust, Atos Group CTO“This new solu­ti­on will opti­mi­ze ECMWF’s cur­rent work­flow to enab­le it to deli­ver vast­ly impro­ved nume­ri­cal wea­ther pre­dic­tions. Most import­ant­ly though, this is a long-term col­la­bo­ra­ti­on, one in which we will work clo­se­ly with ECMWF to explo­re new tech­no­lo­gies in order to be pre­pa­red for next-genera­ti­on app­li­ca­ti­ons.”

Based in Rea­ding in the UK, ECMWF is an inde­pen­dent inter­go­vern­men­tal orga­niz­a­ti­on sup­por­ted by 34 Mem­ber and Co-ope­ra­ting Sta­tes across Euro­pe and holds the lar­gest archi­ve of nume­ri­cal wea­ther pre­dic­tion data in the world. The sys­tem will be deli­ve­r­ed and instal­led at the ECMWF data cent­re in Bolo­gna, Ita­ly in 2020, with ser­vice com­men­cing in 2021. Atos will work local­ly with E4 Com­pu­ter Engi­nee­ring to mana­ge, run and main­tain the sys­tem.

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