Mousquetaire-Group Announces European Exascale Initiative

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In this video from ISC 2018, founding members of the Mousquetaire-Group announce their plans to develop an innovative supercomputer architecture based around modular computing. To be partially funded by the European Commission, the Mousquetaires will build the machine solely with European technologies, including the processor.

The Mousquetaire-Group is the strongest possible partnership in Europe to develop Exascale technology components and to integrate them into a reliable, resilient and highly effective system, said Thomas Lippert from the Jülich Supercomputing Center. “Based on ATOS’ fail-proven Sequana platform, Partec‘s innovative modular cluster operating system, and the coming European high-bandwidth processor by EPI, together with the long-standing experiences of CEA and FZJ as to operation, provisioning and support of leading edge systems, I am confident that the Mousquetaire group is on the path to technical leadership in supercomputing.”

From left, Bernhard Frohwitter (ParTec) Thomas Lippert (Jülich Supercomputing Center), and Hugo Falter from ParTec share the news with Rich Brueckner from insideHPC

This newly announced Partnership will co-develop European technology for Exascale:

  • Sequana Technology by Atos
  • Modular Architecture
  • ParTec ParaStation Software Suite

CEA and ATOS have proved with the TERA project that world-class supercomputers could stem from European expertise and a strong co-design approach,” said Dr. Jean Gonnord, Senior HPC adviser of CEA CEO. “The alliance of France and Germany, by joining forces of two leading European research organizations (CEA and FZJ) and of their two industrial partners (ATOS and ParTec) will allow to tackle the exascale challenge. This alliance will address the digital leadership ambition of the European Commission by delivering competitive exascale class supercomputers and obtaining a fair share of the world HPC market.”

ParTec has been a strong general purpose cluster specialist in the German and EMEA HPC market. In conjunction with professional services, consultancy and support, ParTec was elected as the partner of choice in some of the leading HPC sites across Europe.

We are extremely honoured and proud that our French partners and friends, Atos and CEA togther with us present the Modular Technology to the world,” said Bernhard Frohwitter, CEO of ParTec. “While the USA and China are still searching for the way to reach Exascale, the Mousquetaire-Group has already established the most promising path to Exascale in using the modular concept with Atos’ outstanding Sequana-Hardware and ParTec’s unique ParaStation software suite. This suite is the result of intensive engagement and cooperation with JSC in developing the Modular Technology. Together with the expertise of CEA and the Jülich Supercomputing Centre and the industrial approach by Atos and ParTec, Europe has a clear leading position in the race to enable Exascale.”

From left, Marc Denis from Atos, Dr. Jean Gonnord, Senior HPC adviser of CEA CEO, Bernhard Frohwitter from ParTec, and Thomas Lippert from Jülich Supercomputing Center

Atos is widely known for its supercomputing capabilities including the flagship Bull Sequana X1o00. The company acquired Bull in 2014.

Atos is proud to be one of the Mousquetaire and to actively contribute to the development of the European Exascale technologies,” said Jean-Marc Denis, Head of Stategy HPC and Big Data. “Exascale ages will be complex and heterogenous. Data will come from many sources, models will mix classical mathematical models, data based models and artificial intelligence, and top of that, dataflows and workflows will be by nature infinitely more complex than today. Based Atos Sequana which will host the European processor and specific acceleration technologies, the four Mousquetaires are adopting a co-design approach for developing a unique modular and flexible architecture for developing the software environment that will manage this heterogeneity and complexity from hardware layers up to the end-user development environment.”

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