Atos’s supercomputer to pave the way for Bulgaria’s leading position in high-tech

This will be the most power­ful super­com­pu­ter in Eas­tern Euro­pe and is expec­ted to be ope­ra­tio­nal in July 2021

Paris (France), Prague (Czech Republic), Sofia (Bulgaria) 11 May 2021

Atos today announ­ces that Bulgaria’s new EuroHPC super­com­pu­ter, which is based on Atos’ power­ful Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 archi­tec­tu­re, is now ful­ly deli­ve­r­ed and assem­bled at Sofia Tech Park in Bul­ga­ria. Atos was selec­ted to build Bulgaria’s petas­ca­le super­com­pu­ter by the Euro­pean High Per­for­mance Com­pu­ting Joint Under­ta­king (EuroHPC JU), the hos­ting enti­ty, and the con­sor­ti­um “Petas­ca­le Super­com­pu­ter Bul­ga­ria” (PetaSC-Bul­ga­ria) who­se lea­ding part­ner is Sofia Tech Park.

This will be the most power­ful super­com­pu­ter in Eas­tern Euro­pe and will help to leverage Bulgaria’s high-tech ambi­ti­ons. Atos’ Czech Repu­blic pro­ject teams have alrea­dy star­ted the con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on tests and the super­com­pu­ter is expec­ted to start working ope­ra­tio­nal­ly in July 2021.

The super­com­pu­ter will help impro­ve Euro­pean sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch and fos­ter inno­va­ti­on by pro­vi­ding access to sta­te-of-the-art HPC infra­st­ruc­tu­re and ser­vices to a wide ran­ge of users from the sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch com­mu­ni­ty, indus­try and the public sector.


It will ser­ve the deve­lo­p­ment of sci­en­ti­fic, public and indus­tri­al app­li­ca­ti­ons in many fiel­ds, inclu­ding bio­in­for­ma­tics, phar­ma­cy, mole­cu­lar dyna­mics and mecha­nics, quan­tum che­mi­stry and bio­che­mi­stry, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, per­so­na­li­zed medi­ci­ne, bio­en­gi­nee­ring, meteo­ro­lo­gy, and the fight against cli­ma­te change.

We are impres­sed by the pro­fes­sio­na­lism of the Atos team. The work on the deli­very and instal­la­ti­on of the machi­ne is ahead of sche­du­le. The big chal­len­ge for the Con­sor­ti­um “Petas­ca­le Super­com­pu­ter — Bul­ga­ria” team is buil­ding and making a valu­able con­nec­tion bet­ween the aca­de­my, the indus­try, the Sofia Tech Park, and the petas­ca­le com­pu­ter. In this regard, we com­mu­ni­ca­te with the exis­ting EuroHPC cen­ters and have initia­ted mee­tings with the aca­de­my and indus­try repre­sen­ta­ti­ves. We alrea­dy have the first requests for sol­ving prag­ma­tic tasks in che­mi­stry, medi­ci­ne, and bio­lo­gy. Of cour­se, we are also loo­king for­ward to the future — we are tal­king with Atos to add their plat­form and expe­ri­ence in quan­tum com­pu­ters”, said Peter Sta­tev, the Chair­man of the Super­vi­so­ry Board at Sofia Tech Park.

As Europe’s lea­ding super­com­pu­ting manu­fac­tu­rer, we are proud to be sup­por­ting rese­ar­chers in indus­try and uni­ver­si­ties across Euro­pe acce­le­ra­te sci­en­ti­fic dis­co­very and to deve­lop solu­ti­ons for cur­rent chal­len­ges such as tho­se in health, ener­gy and agri­cul­tu­re. The use of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence in rese­arch has incre­a­sed the need for more fle­xi­bi­li­ty and more ver­sa­ti­li­ty in super­com­pu­ting, which is exact­ly what we can pro­vi­de with our Bull­Se­qua­na XH2000 so that our cus­to­mers can bene­fit from the new capa­ci­ties of hybrid workloads.” said Agnès Bou­dot, Seni­or Vice Pre­si­dent, Head of HPC & Quan­tum at Atos.

The super­com­pu­ter is co-finan­ced by the Repu­blic of Bul­ga­ria and EuroHPC JU with a joint invest­ment tota­ling EUR 11.5 million.

In addi­ti­on to this EuroHPC ten­der, Atos’ Bull­Se­qua­na will also be used in four addi­tio­nal EuroHPC super­com­pu­ting cen­tres; CINECA in Ita­ly, IZUM in Slo­ve­nia, with Lux­Pro­vi­de in Luxem­bourg and in the Min­ho Advan­ced Com­pu­ting Cent­re in Por­tu­gal, ther­eby rein­for­cing Atos’ posi­ti­on as a Euro­pean lea­der in high-per­for­mance computing.

31 Atos super­com­pu­ters are lis­ted in the TOP500 world­wi­de super­com­pu­ter ran­king, with a com­bi­ned peak per­for­mance of 251 peta­flops — this is an incre­a­se of 79% in peta­flops from the TOP500 lis­ting in June 2020.


Tech­ni­cal Specifications

The size of the RAM reaches over 300 TB and the num­ber of cores is 144 384, while the com­pu­ter is built on AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors coo­led by hot water and has a fast disk sto­rage with a capa­ci­ty of 2 PB. The ent­i­re sys­tem is backed up against a power fail­u­re by an unin­ter­rup­ti­ble power sup­ply with an out­put of 1 MW. The size of the sys­tem is 12 com­pu­ting racks and 2 racks with auxi­li­a­ry infra­st­ruc­tu­re. The who­le com­plex weighs over 30 tons.

About Atos

Atos is a glo­bal lea­der in digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on with 105,000 employees and annu­al reve­nue of over € 11 bil­li­on. Euro­pean num­ber one in cyber­se­cu­ri­ty, cloud and high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting, the Group pro­vi­des tailo­red end-to-end solu­ti­ons for all indus­tries in 71 coun­tries. A pioneer in decar­bo­niz­a­ti­on ser­vices and pro­ducts, Atos is com­mit­ted to a secu­re and decar­bo­ni­zed digi­tal for its cli­ents. Atos ope­ra­tes under the brands Atos and Atos|Syntel. 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 space. Its exper­ti­se and ser­vices sup­port the deve­lo­p­ment of know­ledge, edu­ca­ti­on and rese­arch in a mul­ti­cul­tu­ral approach and con­tri­bu­te to the deve­lo­p­ment of sci­en­ti­fic and tech­no­lo­gi­cal excel­lence. Across the world, the Group enab­les its cus­to­mers and employees, and mem­bers of socie­ties at lar­ge to live, work and deve­lop sus­tainab­ly, in a safe and secu­re infor­ma­ti­on space.

Addi­tio­nal infor­ma­ti­on for journalists

Atos has been ope­ra­ting in the Czech Repu­blic sin­ce Sep­tem­ber 1, 2011 fol­lowing the acqui­si­ti­on of Sie­mens IT Solu­ti­ons and Ser­vices, s.r.o. With more than 300 employees in 4 bran­ches, it gene­ra­ted an exter­nal reve­nue of €63m in 2020. Atos in Bul­ga­ria has more than 1200 employees working in two legal enti­ties pro­vi­ding world-class IT solu­ti­ons for cor­po­ra­te cli­ents in the CPG (Con­su­mer Packa­ged Goods) and F&B (Food & Beverage) sec­tors as well as a wide ran­ge of end-to-end ser­vices (20+ busi­ness func­tions and 1000+ pro­ces­ses) wit­hin the Atos group.

Press Con­ta­cts:

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