This year, GENCI announced the upcoming operational launch of Joliot-Curie, its new Atos supercomputer honouring the renowned Nobel Prize-winning French couple, Dr. Irène and Dr.Frédéric Joliot-Curie.
This nine petaflops system is based on a balanced architecture, made up of a BullSequana X1000 system from Atos, which includes Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Xeon Phi processors, empowered with the Cray ClusterStor storage system. The system delivers 300 gigabytes per second sustained throughput from five petabytes usable capacity through the Lustre file system in a footprint of just three racks.
The new Joliot-Curie system is operated by CEA in its TGCC facility. It will be used for both PRACE and national scientific and national needs.
"At GENCI we believe that supercomputers will be at the very heart of accelerated scientific discovery process enabled by the convergence of high-performance computing (HPC) simulation/modelling with high-performance data analytics/Big Data and artificial intelligence", stated Philippe Lavocat, CEO of GENCI. "This convergence creates order of magnitude increases in input and output data in increasingly heterogeneous scientific workflows."
Philippe Lavocat continued: "With the Cray ClusterStor storage platform, we can cope with this data growth without the need to spend more and more on HPC storage at the expense of the 'Computing' in HPC. This allows us to be able to deliver balanced supercomputers to the French and European scientific communities, within a reasonable and controlled budget."
"We are honoured Cray ClusterStor was chosen to provide the storage platform for the new Joliot-Curie supercomputer", stated Pascal Barbolosi, vice president, EMEA sales for Cray. "The convergence of HPC and artificial intelligence creates data-intensive workloads that are unprecedented. This is why Cray continues to invest in innovative storage solutions worldwide."
"It is critical for CEA to work with partners that understand the unique challenges of building solutions at the leading edge of supercomputing", stated Jacques-Charles Lafoucrière, department lead at CEA. "Cray ClusterStor excels in performance efficiency and, over the past few years, the ClusterStor platform has proven its stability in the most demanding HPC environments at CEA. Key environmental factors such as density and power requirements also weighed in favour of the ClusterStor solution."