Atos will supply and install a new supercomputing cluster at the Technische Universität Dresden
MUNICH & PARIS, January 13, 2022 — Atos announces today that it has won a new contract for the supply and installation of a new supercomputing cluster in Technical University Dresden (TU) in Germany. The supercomputer will be used for data-intensive HPC tasks and data analysis at the High Performance Computing and Information Services Center (ZIH). Based on the power of Atos BullSequana XH2000 architecture, researchers at TU Dresden will use the new supercomputer for computational tasks in environmental research, life sciences, materials science and engineering, as well as for basic research in physics, chemistry and mathematics. Its commissioning is scheduled for fall 2022.
“We are delighted to continue to support TU Dresden with HPC expertise through our BullSequana XH2000 facility and to continue to enable cutting-edge research. The new system is extremely energy efficient thanks to our patented hot water cooling solution,” says Dr. Martin Matzke, Senior Vice President Big Data & Security at Atos Central Europe.
“In addition to the innovative hot water cooling, which will lead to an encouraging increase in the energy efficiency of the system, it is worth highlighting the balanced architecture and the exceptionally powerful infrastructure for fast data input/output, which make sustainably advance important areas of our research such as modelling, simulation and data analysis,” explains Prof. Wolfgang E. Nagel, TU Dresden/ZIH.
HPC energy efficiency to support ecological sustainability
The new supercomputer features Atos’ patented Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC) solution, which uses 35°C hot water to cool the system. This feature allows TU Dresden to minimize cooling power consumption while benefiting from processors with the highest computing performance. The waste heat from the BullSequana XH2000 systems will be used to heat the surrounding buildings and thus contribute positively to ecological sustainability on the TU Dresden campus.
This new HPC facility includes more than 600 nodes of Intel’s next-generation “Sapphire Rapids” CPUs with large main memory and high memory bandwidth. TU Dresden will thus be able to perform high-quality data analysis and simulations quickly and flexibly.
Atos and TU Dresden have been working together since 2013, when Atos delivered and installed the “Taurus” HPC system to ZIH, followed by the extension of the system in 2015, whose energy efficiency has also been the subject of scientific research. The new HPC system will replace the Taurus.
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