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Atos unveils next-generation hybrid exascale-class supercomputer

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Atos unveiled its new exascale-class supercomputer, the BullSequana XH3000, a hybrid computing platform with unparalleled flexibility and performance to enable top scientists and researchers to advance research in sectors such as weather forecasting and climate change, new drug discovery, genomics. Designed and manufactured in Europe at its factory in Angers, France, this is Atos’ most efficient and powerful supercomputer and an important element in securing today’s digital and economic sovereignty. As the undisputed European leader in supercomputing, Atos plays a key role in addressing sovereignty issues, ensuring that key HPC knowledge and skills are fostered and remain in Europe.

Empowering digital and economic sovereignty

In order to take full advantage of their data while maintaining their ability to protect it under any circumstance, governments, public bodies and private companies are now making sovereignty a major issue. With its BullSequana XH3000 and its expertise in sovereign cloud and cybersecurity, Atos is committed to providing its customers with the means to exercise greater control over the data they produce and exchange.

Pushing the boundaries of technical excellence

  • Exascale1 performance with Accelerated Hybrid Computing – today’s increase in the quantity and complexity of data means that there is an exponential need in terms of computing power, in order to tackle the new challenges that humanity is facing today such as global warming and the Covid-19 pandemic. The BullSequana XH3000 will be able to deliver unprecedented computing power – up to 6x increase in computing power than previous versions – at any scale, up to an exascale-class system by using Hybrid Computing advanced techniques, combining CPUs, GPUs with AI or even in quantum computing hardware in traditional scientific simulation workflows.
  • Greener HPC – harmonizing performance & energy consumption – the BullSequana XH3000 is the one of most energy-efficient supercomputers on the market thanks to its eco-design and architecture, patented Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC) solution – which will provide over 50% more cooling power than previous generations – and fully eco-compliant product lifecycle, from raw material sourcing and manufacturing, to testing and transportation, and disposal/recycling.

“High-performance computing has made enormous contributions to science, engineering and the quality of human life and is a cornerstone of innovation and scientific progress.“ said Earl Joseph, CEO at Hyperion Research, HPC industry analyst group “As the leading European HPC vendor, Atos is well positioned to continue advancing research and innovation with its new supercomputer, and to bring exascale class systems to its customers. With its new BullSequana XH3000 supercomputer, hybrid computing ecosystem integrating AI and quantum, and its strong roadmap for exascale, Atos demonstrates a clear, comprehensive vision of the future of scientific simulation, while taking into account the importance of decarbonization.”

 “Supercomputing plays a pivotal role in driving innovations for business, society, and the global economy as a whole and is also key to scientific and economic sovereignty in the 21st century.” said Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Atos. “We are extremely proud of our role as a leader in HPC and of our new BullSequana supercomputer, revealed today, which results from 15 years of R&D efforts and brings together Atos’ proven expertise and experience in high-performance computing, AI, quantum, security and digital decarbonization. It will no doubt enable, through the gateway of exascale, some of the key scientific and industrial innovation breakthroughs of the future.”

The BullSequana XH3000 integrates the latest and most-demanding technologies, networks and interconnect and is powered by the latest CPU and GPU processor and accelerator architectures from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA and ultimately the European microprocessor from SiPearl, for improved power capacity and enhanced performance, to provide larger scale, faster and more efficient scientific simulations. Its OpenSequana architecture makes it fully compatible with any future computing blade and interconnect technologies, so users can easily scale up as and when needed. With a security-by-design approach, integrating vulnerability monitoring and threat anticipation, the BullSequana XH3000 ensures that data is powerfully protected.

The BullSequana XH3000 is planned to be available from Q4 2022.

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