Atos to build Max Planck Society’s new BullSequana XH3000-based supercomputer

Munich, February 9th, 2023

Atos today announ¬≠ces a con¬≠tract to build and install a new high-per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ter for the Max Planck Socie¬≠ty, a world-lea¬≠ding sci¬≠ence and tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy rese¬≠arch orga¬≠niza¬≠ti¬≠on. The new sys¬≠tem will be based on Atos‚Äô latest Bull¬≠Se¬≠qua¬≠na XH3000 plat¬≠form, which is powered by AMD EPYC‚ĄĘ CPUs and Instinct‚ĄĘ acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠tors. In its final con¬≠fi¬≠gu¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on, the appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on per¬≠for¬≠mance will be three times hig¬≠her than the cur¬≠rent ‚ÄúCobra‚ÄĚ sys¬≠tem, which is also based on Atos technologies.

The new super­com­pu­ter, with a total order value of over 20 mil­li­on euros, will be ope­ra­ted by the Max Planck Com­pu­ting and Data Faci­li­ty (MPCDF) in Gar­ching near Munich and will pro­vi­de high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting (HPC) capa­ci­ty for many insti­tu­tes of the Max Planck Socie­ty. Par­ti­cu­lar­ly deman­ding sci­en­ti­fic pro­jects, such as tho­se in astro­phy­sics, life sci­ence rese­arch, mate­ri­als rese­arch, plas­ma phy­sics, and AI will bene­fit from the high-per­for­mance capa­bi­li­ties of the new system.

The sys­tem will run wit­hout fans thanks to its unmat­ched hot water coo­ling (Direct Liquid Coo­ling) and thus have a signi­fi­cant­ly impro­ved ener­gy effi­ci­en­cy. The effi­ci­en­cy gai­ned from this Atos’ coo­ling sys­tem matched with the latest in sili­con archi­tec­tu­re inno­va­tions from AMD, desi­gned with ener­gy effi­ci­en­cy in mind, brings the Power Usa­ge Effec­ti­ve­ness (PUE) value to less than 1.05 (1 being the ide­al ratio), far below the avera­ge of other HPC installations.

The instal¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on will fea¬≠ture 4th Gen AMD EPYC pro¬≠ces¬≠sors and for the first time in an Atos-based Euro¬≠pean sys¬≠tem, the upco¬≠ming AMD Instinct MI300A acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠tor. The sys¬≠tem will con¬≠sist of ten Bull¬≠Se¬≠qua¬≠na XH3000 racks with a total of 768 pro¬≠ces¬≠sor nodes of and 192 acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠tor nodes and will be com¬≠ple¬≠men¬≠ted with an IBM Spec¬≠trumS¬≠ca¬≠le sto¬≠rage solu¬≠ti¬≠on. The CPU nodes will be deli¬≠ver¬≠ed in the third quar¬≠ter of 2023, with full instal¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on of the GPU nodes expec¬≠ted in the first half of 2024.

Prof. Erwin Lau¬≠re, Direc¬≠tor of the Max Planck Com¬≠pu¬≠ting and Data Faci¬≠li¬≠ty said ‚ÄúThe com¬≠pu¬≠ting power requi¬≠red by sci¬≠en¬≠ti¬≠fic rese¬≠arch is ever incre¬≠asing and we see an unab¬≠a¬≠ted need for high-per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ting capa¬≠ci¬≠ty. We want to pro¬≠vi¬≠de the best pos¬≠si¬≠ble sup¬≠port to our rese¬≠ar¬≠chers in their work and have the¬≠r¬≠e¬≠fo¬≠re deci¬≠ded to moder¬≠ni¬≠ze our high-per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ting com¬≠plex. With Atos and AMD, we have the right part¬≠ners for this. The new solu¬≠ti¬≠on will cer¬≠tain¬≠ly meet our demands and once again advan¬≠ce sci¬≠ence in leaps and bounds.‚ÄĚ

Emma¬≠nu¬≠el Le Roux, Group SVP, Glo¬≠bal Head of HPC, AI & Quan¬≠tum at Atos, high¬≠ligh¬≠ted, ‚ÄúWe are very proud to have been award¬≠ed this con¬≠tract and to have been trus¬≠ted with our exten¬≠si¬≠ve HPC exper¬≠ti¬≠se. We are con¬≠vin¬≠ced that the com¬≠bi¬≠na¬≠ti¬≠on of our new¬≠ly deve¬≠lo¬≠ped, powerful and ener¬≠gy-effi¬≠ci¬≠ent Bull¬≠Se¬≠qua¬≠na XH3000 sys¬≠tem with the high-per¬≠for¬≠mance AMD Instinct MI300A pro¬≠ces¬≠sors will pro¬≠vi¬≠de the Max Planck Socie¬≠ty with a future-pro¬≠of sys¬≠tem and the com¬≠pu¬≠ting power requi¬≠red to fur¬≠ther con¬≠ti¬≠nue its ground-brea¬≠king research.‚ÄĚ

Brad McCre¬≠die, cor¬≠po¬≠ra¬≠te vice pre¬≠si¬≠dent, Data Cen¬≠ter Acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on Busi¬≠ness, AMD said ‚ÄúAMD, with the MI300A APU, con¬≠ti¬≠nues to deli¬≠ver breakth¬≠rough per¬≠for¬≠mance for rese¬≠ar¬≠chers and the high per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ting indus¬≠try. AMD is exci¬≠ted by the strong mar¬≠ket vali¬≠da¬≠ti¬≠on of the per¬≠for¬≠mance, power and sim¬≠pli¬≠fied pro¬≠gramming advan¬≠ta¬≠ges unlo¬≠cked by the MI300A APU archi¬≠tec¬≠tu¬≠re and we are loo¬≠king for¬≠ward to working with Atos to advan¬≠ce the spe¬≠ci¬≠fic sci¬≠ence and rese¬≠arch needs of the Max Planck Society.‚ÄĚ

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About Atos

Atos is a glo¬≠bal lea¬≠der in digi¬≠tal trans¬≠for¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on with 112,000 employees and annu¬≠al reve¬≠nue of c. ‚ā¨ 11 bil¬≠li¬≠on. Euro¬≠pean num¬≠ber one in cyber¬≠se¬≠cu¬≠ri¬≠ty, cloud and high per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ting, the Group pro¬≠vi¬≠des tail¬≠o¬≠red end-to-end solu¬≠ti¬≠ons for all indus¬≠tries in 71 count¬≠ries. A pio¬≠neer in decar¬≠bo¬≠niza¬≠ti¬≠on ser¬≠vices and pro¬≠ducts, Atos is com¬≠mit¬≠ted to a secu¬≠re and decar¬≠bo¬≠ni¬≠zed digi¬≠tal for its cli¬≠ents. Atos is a SE (Socie¬≠tas Euro¬≠paea) and lis¬≠ted on Euron¬≠ext Paris.

The pur¬≠po¬≠se of Atos is to help design the future of the infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on space. Its exper¬≠ti¬≠se and ser¬≠vices sup¬≠port the deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment of know¬≠ledge, edu¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on and rese¬≠arch in a mul¬≠ti¬≠cul¬≠tu¬≠ral approach and con¬≠tri¬≠bu¬≠te to the deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment of sci¬≠en¬≠ti¬≠fic and tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gi¬≠cal excel¬≠lence. Across the world, the Group enables its cus¬≠to¬≠mers and employees, and mem¬≠bers of socie¬≠ties at lar¬≠ge to live, work and deve¬≠lop sus¬≠tain¬≠ab¬≠ly, in a safe and secu¬≠re infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on space.

About MPG

The Max Planck Socie¬≠ty is Germany‚Äôs most suc¬≠cessful rese¬≠arch orga¬≠niza¬≠ti¬≠on. With 30 Nobel Lau¬≠rea¬≠tes among the ranks of its sci¬≠en¬≠tists, it is on equal foo¬≠ting with the best and most pres¬≠ti¬≠gious rese¬≠arch insti¬≠tu¬≠ti¬≠ons world¬≠wi¬≠de. The more than 15,000 publi¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons each year in inter¬≠na¬≠tio¬≠nal¬≠ly renow¬≠ned sci¬≠en¬≠ti¬≠fic jour¬≠nals are pro¬≠of of the out¬≠stan¬≠ding rese¬≠arch work con¬≠duc¬≠ted at Max Planck Insti¬≠tu¬≠tes ‚Äď and many of tho¬≠se artic¬≠les are among the most-cited publi¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons in the rele¬≠vant field.

Curr­ent­ly the­re are 86 Max Planck Insti­tu­tes and faci­li­ties that con­duct basic rese­arch in the ser­vice of the gene­ral public in the natu­ral sci­en­ces, life sci­en­ces, social sci­en­ces, and the huma­ni­ties. Max Planck Insti­tu­tes focus on rese­arch fields that are par­ti­cu­lar­ly inno­va­ti­ve, or that are espe­ci­al­ly deman­ding in terms of fun­ding or time requi­re­ments. And their rese­arch spec­trum is con­ti­nu­al­ly evol­ving: new insti­tu­tes are estab­lished to find ans­wers to semi­nal, for­ward-loo­king sci­en­ti­fic ques­ti­ons, while others are clo­sed when, for exam­p­le, their rese­arch field has been wide­ly estab­lished at uni­ver­si­ties. This con­ti­nuous rene­wal pre­ser­ves the scope the Max Planck Socie­ty needs to react quick­ly to pio­nee­ring sci­en­ti­fic developments.

The Max Planck Com¬≠pu¬≠ting and Data Faci¬≠li¬≠ty (MPCDF) is a cross-insti¬≠tu¬≠tio¬≠nal com¬≠pe¬≠tence cent¬≠re of the Max Planck Socie¬≠ty to sup¬≠port com¬≠pu¬≠ta¬≠tio¬≠nal and data sci¬≠en¬≠ces. In clo¬≠se col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on with domain sci¬≠en¬≠tists from the Max Planck Insti¬≠tu¬≠tes the MPCDF is enga¬≠ged in the deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment and opti¬≠miza¬≠ti¬≠on of algo¬≠rith¬≠ms and appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons for high per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ting and data ana¬≠ly¬≠tics as well as in the design and imple¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠on of solu¬≠ti¬≠ons for data-inten¬≠si¬≠ve pro¬≠jects. The MPCDF ope¬≠ra¬≠tes sta¬≠te-of-the-art super¬≠com¬≠pu¬≠ters, seve¬≠ral mid-ran¬≠ge com¬≠pu¬≠te sys¬≠tems and data repo¬≠si¬≠to¬≠ries for various Max Planck Insti¬≠tu¬≠tes and pro¬≠vi¬≠des an up-to-date infra¬≠struc¬≠tu¬≠re for data manage¬≠ment inclu¬≠ding long-term archi¬≠ve services.