Ghent University engages Atos to build third Tier1 VSC supercomputer supporting research in Flanders

Paris, France Ghent, Belgium – 24 June 2020

Atos, a world-wide chief in electronic transformation, announces that it has signed a six-calendar year agreement for a value of in excess of 10 Million Euro with Ghent College (UGent) to deliver the up coming Tier1 supercomputer for the Flemish Supercomputer Middle VSC. This supercomputer will help scientists from tutorial investigation establishments, authorities and business to pace up time-consuming calculations and fix advanced computational difficulties: from modeling climate and weather alter to supporting the enhancement of renewable electrical power and accelerating the research for new medication. Most significantly, supercomputers have just lately been instrumental in investigation combatting COVID-19, which include in Flanders.

Antoine Kerrinckx, CEO at Atos in Belux: “Technological know-how is turning out to be increasingly essential in our culture. We think it’s essential that scientists have the right tools and infrastructure at their disposal. We are delighted to contribute to the development of science and technological innovation with the delivery of our Atos supercomputer.”

Atos will equip the new Tier1 supercomputer with BullSequana XH2000 technological innovation and its BullSequana X Supercomputer Suite as the program stack. This superior program setting for Significant Effectiveness Computing and AI will help end-users to develop and operate the crucial program codes that are employed throughout the various investigation and enhancement fields in the VSC, such as materials style and design, engineering, climate/weather modeling and bioinformatics.

This will be the 3rd Tier1 supercomputer that the VSC installs in Flanders. The very first just one ‘muk’ was set up at Ghent College in 2012, succeeded by ‘BrENIAC’ at KU Leuven in 2016. Now, in 2020, a new Tier1 supercomputer will once again be set up at the Ghent College infrastructure hub of the Flemish Supercomputer Middle VSC. The VSC is a partnership concerning the five Flemish universities and is managed by the Research Fund – Flanders (FWO). VSC encourages the use of scientific and technical computing in the Flemish tutorial and industrial landscape, featuring dedicated infrastructure, teaching and providers. Funding is supplied by the Flemish authorities, section of Economy, Science and Innovation.

Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for Economy, Science and Innovation claimed: “One of the factors that the COVID-19 pandemic has obviously exemplified is that state-of-the-artwork infrastructure, which include supercomputers, are essential to help solid investigation and enhancement in Flanders. I am happy that our constant infrastructure investments help advance Flemish pioneering abilities in R&D.”

The new supercomputer is scheduled for delivery at Ghent College in This autumn 2020. A even further expansion of this program is planned for 2022.


Technological particulars

The configuration is made up of five racks with the following elements:
• 98 BullSequana X2410 blades (294 nodes), every node equipped with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 256GB of RAM (16GB*16@3200MHz dims)
• fourteen BullSequana X2410 blades (42 nodes), every node equipped with the AMD Rome 7H12 CPUs and 512GB of RAM (32GB*16@3200MHz dims)
• 20 BullSequana X2415 blades equipped with the new Nvidia RedStone board embedding the Nvidia A100-40 GPUs (x4)
• DDN multi-tier EXAScaler solution with a Hybrid ES7990X and all flash SFA200NVX to deliver in excess of a hundred TB of accelerated flash functionality and four PB of lengthy expression storage.

About Atos
Atos is a world-wide chief in electronic transformation with one hundred ten,000 workforce in 73 international locations and annual income of € 12 billion. European number just one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and Significant-Effectiveness Computing, the Group gives end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Significant Details, Enterprise Applications and Digital Workplace solutions. The Group is the Around the globe Information and facts Technological know-how Lover for the Olympic & Paralympic Video games and operates less than the manufacturers Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), outlined on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The purpose of Atos is to help style and design the potential of the data room. Its skills and providers help the enhancement of information, schooling and investigation in a multicultural technique and contribute to the enhancement of scientific and technological excellence. Across the entire world, the Group enables its buyers and workforce, and associates of societies at big to live, operate and develop sustainably, in a protected and safe data room.

Push contacts Atos:
Benelux: Lise Kleijn | [email protected] | +31 six 831 69 358 |
World-wide: Laura Fau | [email protected] | +33 six 73 64 04 eighteen | @laurajanefau

About VSC
The Flemish Supercomputer Middle (Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum – VSC) is a partnership concerning the five Flemish universities and their college associations. This consortium brings jointly knowhow in scientific and technical computing (which include large functionality computing, large throughput computing, cloud computing and data processing) in Flanders, and homes infrastructure in four hubs: the datacenters of the universities of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven. The VSC is managed by the Research Fund – Flanders (FWO).

The VSC encourages the use of scientific and technical computing in the Flemish tutorial and industrial landscape. To this end, it offers infrastructure, teaching and providers. In addition, VSC acts as a lever to advertise the great importance of scientific and technical computing and its additional value to culture.

Push make contact with Ghent College:
Ewald Pauwels | [email protected] | +32 nine 264 4716 |