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Primeur weekly 2019-01-28

Focus

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller from the Leibniz Supercomputer Centre on German and European HPC: being best is better than being first ...

Quantum computing

Purdue dives deeper into potentially game-changing field of quantum science and engineering ...

Focus on Europe

New e-IRGSP6 support project held its kick-off meeting in Luxembourg ...

Powerful supercomputing to propel France's high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) research and development ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for HPC compute resources from DECI-15 (Tier-1) ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2019 has opened applications ...

New 2 Petaflop/s supercomputer at the University of Antwerp  ...

Dutch Government plans additional 100 million euro investment in science including 30 million for SKA Square Kilometre Array ...

Middleware

CMU's DeltaFS team aims to create smarter ways to organize and store supercomputer data ...

ScaleMP announces record results ...

Hardware

DDN's turnaround of Tintri wins Information Technology Deal of the Year Award ...

CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute select 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to accelerate multi-phase supercomputer programme ...

2CRSI and "SNB Middle East" announce a distribution agreement ...

Aldec facilitates design prototyping in FPGA and prototype testing with new HES Proto-AXI ...

Applications

January kicks off a busy year of research as scientists gain access to the world's fastest supercomputer ...

National Center for Computational Sciences introduces HPC Core Operations Group ...

Network enhancement strengthens ties between OLCF and ESnet ...

Materials design centre receives $25 million grant ...

Birth of massive black holes in the early universe revealed ...

Transparent electronics research gains momentum ...

New insights into magnetic quantum effects in solids ...

Pilot line project lnPulse launches to give Europe edge in integrated photonics ...

Powerful supercomputing to propel France's high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) research and development


22 Jan 2019 Paris - HPE has won the contract to build a supercomputer that will drive France's AI and HPC efforts. The computer will be part of GENCI, the French national infrastructure for HPC resources and facilities. The system came at the behest of an action issued by President of France Emmanuel Macron in support of the national strategy to make France the European leader in artificial intelligence research.

Financed by GENCI and based on the HPE SGI 8600 platform, the new system, called Jean Zay, is slated to deliver a peak performance of 14 petaflops. Under a unified Omni-Path Architecture network, the system encompasses 1,528 Intel next-generation Xeon nodes and 261 GPU nodes, each with four Nvidia Tesla V100 (32GB) GPUs, 1,044 in all.

DataDirect Networks is also a supporting partner in providing flash storage technology that will enable a read/write capacity of more than 300 GB per second. A direct liquid cooling solution will support faster rendering times for simulations while also reducing energy consumption.

The goal of the project, according to the partners, is to field a converged platform that advances scalable machine learning and AI applications, in addition to improving traditional HPC workloads like modelling and simulation. The French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Education noted that the new supercomputer will double the nation's numerical simulation capabilities along with bolstering artificial intelligence research prowess. Target applications include several deemed "priority sectors", notably health care, transportation, environmental science and national defense and security.

For the TOP500 watchers, Jean Zay would likely slot in between France's current number one and number two fastest systems - with the possibility of taking the lead pending Linpack efficiency. Respectively, those are Tera-1000-2, a Bull Sequana X1000 machine installed by Atos Group at the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) - benchmarked at 11.97 petaflops, 23.4 petaflops peak; and Pangea, the HPE oil and gas supercomputer installed at Total and touting 5.28 Linpack petaflops (6.7 petaflops peak). France currently claims 18 systems on the TOP500 list, with Tera-1000-2 being the highest ranked at number 16.

Jean Zay will be installed at IDRIS, a computing centre located 25 km southwest of Paris that is part of CNRS - the French National Center for Scientific Research. Installation is planned to begin in June 2019, with production status expected in October 2019. Currently, IDRIS houses Turing, a 1.07 petaflops (Linpack) BlueGene/Q system that came online in June 2012 and currently ranks 368. Ada, and IBM system with a peak output of 230 teraflops, is also located at IDRIS.

"Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly influencing the next wave of digital experiences, and in France, we see it as a major opportunity for scientific and economic growth. By empowering the nation's robust pool of talent with powerful compute technologies that target various, AI and analytics applications we see emerging, we believe France has the potential to be a driving force of AI efforts for the European market", commented Gilles Thiebaut, Vice President and Managing Director, HPE France.

French commitment to intensive computing infrastructure is within the context and scope of the greater European strategy. A statement from the Ministry of Research indicates that "France plans to be a candidate by 2022 to host one of the so-called exascale European computing machines (one billion billion operations per second) co-financed by the European Commission within the framework of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. It will be an investment of more than 320 million euro, half of which will contribute to artificial intelligence".

Jean Zay will feature:

  • CPU and GPU Parallel Computing: To run various compute processors in parallel with up to four 100 Gbs links per node, HPE is using a single HPC interconnection network, the Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA), powering 1,528 nodes of Intel Xeon Scalable processors for scalable compute performance and 261 nodes with 4 latest NVIDIA Tesla V100 32GB GPUs per node, for a total of 1044 GPUs.
  • Faster Simulation with Flash Storage Technology: HPE is enabling a read/write capacity of more than 300 GB per second to power faster simulations by integrating innovative flash storage capabilities with the HPE SGI 8600, an end-to-end HPC system, with support from DataDirect Network solutions.
  • Improved Rendering Time with Cooling DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling): Through an HPC-specific cooling solution, Jean Zay's computing power is optimized to enable faster rendering times for simulations while also reducing energy consumption.

The new supercomputer is named after Jean Zay, a French politician imprisoned by the Vichy government during World War II. Jean Zay because contributed to the scientific and arts fields as a Minister of National Education and Fine Arts. He established the institution that will host the supercomputer - CNRS - in 1939. CNRS will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year.

Source: Hewlett Packard Enterprise - HPE

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Primeur weekly 2019-01-28

Focus

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller from the Leibniz Supercomputer Centre on German and European HPC: being best is better than being first ...

Quantum computing

Purdue dives deeper into potentially game-changing field of quantum science and engineering ...

Focus on Europe

New e-IRGSP6 support project held its kick-off meeting in Luxembourg ...

Powerful supercomputing to propel France's high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) research and development ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for HPC compute resources from DECI-15 (Tier-1) ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2019 has opened applications ...

New 2 Petaflop/s supercomputer at the University of Antwerp  ...

Dutch Government plans additional 100 million euro investment in science including 30 million for SKA Square Kilometre Array ...

Middleware

CMU's DeltaFS team aims to create smarter ways to organize and store supercomputer data ...

ScaleMP announces record results ...

Hardware

DDN's turnaround of Tintri wins Information Technology Deal of the Year Award ...

CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute select 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to accelerate multi-phase supercomputer programme ...

2CRSI and "SNB Middle East" announce a distribution agreement ...

Aldec facilitates design prototyping in FPGA and prototype testing with new HES Proto-AXI ...

Applications

January kicks off a busy year of research as scientists gain access to the world's fastest supercomputer ...

National Center for Computational Sciences introduces HPC Core Operations Group ...

Network enhancement strengthens ties between OLCF and ESnet ...

Materials design centre receives $25 million grant ...

Birth of massive black holes in the early universe revealed ...

Transparent electronics research gains momentum ...

New insights into magnetic quantum effects in solids ...

Pilot line project lnPulse launches to give Europe edge in integrated photonics ...