MUNICH, Feb. 12, 2021 — Fujitsu has been chosen because the prime contractor to ship a brand new supercomputer as a part of a drive by the European Union and the Portuguese authorities to develop world-class high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities for tutorial and enterprise researchers.
The brand new system, named Deucalion after the mythological Greek determine, shall be put in on the Minho Superior Computing Centre (MACC) in Portugal. Funding comes from the EuroHPC Joint Enterprise and the Portuguese Authorities’s Science and Expertise Basis (FCT). The EuroHPC program goals to spice up innovation and competitiveness within the EU with the Europe-wide availability of petascale supercomputing – outlined as any laptop able to executing a couple of Petaflop, or 1 million billion calculations per second.
The supercomputer will help superior scientific analysis in public and enterprise sector functions, together with personalised drugs, bio-engineering, climate forecasting, the struggle in opposition to local weather change, and in discovering new supplies and medicines. This strong and industry-leading know-how may also contribute to the fields of Synthetic Intelligence and Large Information Utilization, which is able to play a significant function within the digitalization of Portugal and Europe as a complete.
In a contract valued at €20 million, Fujitsu will provide MACC with its FUJITSU Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX700, which includes the brand new Arm-based Fujitsu A64FX processor. This processor is powering very important areas of recent analysis and is the core know-how utilized in supercomputer Fugaku which was collectively developed by Japan’s main analysis institute RIKEN and Fujitsu. Fugaku lately retained its No. 1 place within the TOP500 checklist of the world’s quickest supercomputers. The Fujitsu A64FX processor gives distinctive power effectivity while sustaining compliance with the Arm v8.2-A Scalable Vector Extension (SVE), the Arm instruction set for high-performance servers.
In a public tender course of, EuroHPC and FCT chosen Fujitsu resulting from its HPC know-how management, specialised consulting and advisory companies for HPC prospects, and its confirmed capacity to work inside the ecosystem of suppliers needed for profitable HPC tasks. Fujitsu is partnering with different main distributors to produce the full resolution, together with ATOS (x86 programs), DDN (storage), and Mellanox (interconnect). Fujitsu together with Fujitsu Laboratories will leverage a long time of experience within the HPC enterprise to construct and carry out system integration.
New supercomputer helps create Portuguese information ecosystem for analysis groups
For Portugal, internet hosting a petascale HPC system is the primary and most necessary step in direction of collaboration with key know-how companions. The aim is to create a brand new ecosystem of data for Portuguese tutorial and industrial analysis groups. MACC will play a pivotal function within the nation’s nationwide analysis panorama, with this supercomputer on the centerpiece.
Helena Pereira, President of FCT, says: “Along with an x86 platform, we needed to push the boundaries of analysis utilizing the energy-efficient Arm processors. The Fujitsu A64FX is a superb alternative, being the primary genuinely HPC-enabled Arm processor with the SVE functionality. Having a petascale supercomputer situated in Portugal will rework researchers’ capacity to entry the computing energy they should push their work to the restrict. With Fujitsu’s PRIMEHPC FX700 supercomputer know-how, we shall be on the forefront of world compute functionality for analysis tasks. Whereas energy and velocity are necessary, endeavor a know-how challenge on this scale additionally requires belief throughout all of the companions. Fujitsu has invested the time to work with us, construct relationships and perceive our exact necessities.”
Carlos Barros, Managing Director at Fujitsu Portugal, feedback: “The brand new Fujitsu A64FX platform gives prospects an exceptionally high-performance computing expertise mixed with optimum operational and environmental situations. We’re delighted that MACC shall be one of many first European prospects to expertise the advantages this platform can ship. The challenge goals to ship really world-class computing for researchers in Portugal, and Fujitsu, together with its companions, is worked up to be working in shut collaboration with MACC within the drive to increase entry to the very best ranges of HPC within the EU.
“Excessive-performance computing is likely one of the final staff video games, and success is determined by forming robust partnerships. On this respect, Fujitsu works tirelessly to create a tradition the place partnerships are understood and valued. Because of this, we’ve an extended historical past of collaboration that places co-creation on the prime of the agenda. The MACC challenge is the most recent success story that envelops this collaborative mentality.”
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