In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some the top High Performance Computing stories from this week. First up, we look at Europe’s effort to lead HPC in the next decade. After that, we look at why small companies like Scalable Informatics have such a hard time surviving in the HPC marketplace.
Today Atos announced the first installation of its Bull sequana X1000 new-generation supercomputer system in the UK at the Hartree Centre. Founded by the UK government, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre is a high performance computing and data analytics research facility. Described as “the world’s most efficient supercomputer,” Bull sequana is an exascale-class computer capable of processing a billion billion operations per second while consuming 10 times less energy than current systems.
“Atos is incredibly proud to see the concrete results of the Tera1000 project,” said Philippe Vannier, CTO in the Atos Group. “Today we are taking a major step on the road towards exaflops. Undoubtedly, the interconnect technologies will provide a crucial contribution in achieving exaflops performance. With BXI, Atos is confirming its leadership in the field of supercomputers and beyond in the processing of very large volumes of data.”
Today Atos announced Bull Director for HPSS, Data Management software dedicated to High Performance Computing. Bull Director for HPSS optimizes current large scale storage solutions and frees up compute time for users. “In a context of data explosion, storage is often a bottleneck and has a negative impact on application performance. Atos has a long experience of implementing HPSS in challenging environments where long-term data preservation and re-use of massive data sets are key. Our ultimate objective with Bull Director for HPSS and the other future components is to get rid of these bottlenecks and free up compute time for users.” explains Eric Eppe, Head of Products and Solutions for extreme computing at Atos.
The discovery of gravitational waves, announced by an international team of scientists, including Cardiff University’s Gravitational Physics Group, was verified using simulations of black-hole collisions produced on a Bull supercomputer. The discovery is being considered one of the biggest breakthroughs in physics for the last 100 years, as these tiny ripples in space-time offer new insights into theoretical physics and provide scientists with new avenues to explore the universe.
Today Bull Atos announced it has successfully installed the most powerful supercomputer in the Adriatic region. Named after the Croatia North Wind, the new Bura supercomputer at the University of Rijeka will be used in biotechnological and biomedical research and will be available to institutions and companies from abroad.
Today SURFsara in the Netherlands announced it will expand the capacity of their Cartesius national supercomputer in the second half of 2016. With an upgrade to 1.8 Petaflops, the Bull sequana system will enable researchers to work on more complex models for climate research, water management, improving medical treatment, research into clean energy, noise reduction and product and process optimization.
Bull Atos will provide a second High Performance Computing cluster to the German Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW). Following the installation of the first computer in 2012, the Federal Agency selected a Bull supercomputer for one of their HPC clusters dedicated to complex simulations. The new supercomputer will be operational in October and under the new contract Bull will also provide maintenance services for five years.
Today Atos announced that the company has installed the first Petascale supercomputer in Brazil. Designed by Bull, the “Santos Dumont” system will be the largest supercomputer in Latin America. “We are very proud to equip Brazil with a world-class, Petascale High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure and to launch a R&D Center in Petrópolis that is fully integrated with our global R&D,” said Philippe Vannier, Vice-President Executive and Chief Technology Officer at Atos. “With a presence in this country stretching back over more than 50 years, the collaborative ties that bind Bull and now Atos to Brazil in terms of leading-edge technologies are significant.”
Today Atos announced a contract with the CEA French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission develop a 25 Petaflop supercomputer. Called Tera1000, the new supercomputer will serve as a prototype for a follow-on exascale system.