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Atos empowers Finnish Researchers to Advance in Artificial Intelligence with New BullSequana Supercomputer

Atos, a Global Leader in Digital Transformation, Has Signed a 37 Million Euro 3-Year Contract to Deliver Its Latest Supercomputer, the BullSequana XH2000, to CSC – IT Center for Science in Finland. 

The BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will give Finnish researchers five times more capacity than previously, with a theoretical peak performance of 6,4 petaflops. The supercomputing environment, which will consist of the BullSequana, a scalar cluster of 2 petaflops, an AI-partition of 2,5 petaflops and a large data management system, will have a combined theoretical peak performance of 11 petaflops. Together this will enable researchers to predict climate change and its effects, problems around renewable and fusion energy, utilize AI to develop new treatments, and solve other very computing intensive problems. The setup will also include a solution dedicated to advanced Artificial Intelligence research.

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“This new solution provides CSC with a powerful and balanced environment for data-intensive computing, and it will lay the foundation for competitive research in Finland for years to come. The system from Atos will be able to meet the challenges posed by Artificial Intelligence research, which further emphasizes the value of this investment for the Finnish society.” said Kimmo Koski, CEO of CSC.

“As the leading European supercomputer manufacturer, we are proud to be contributing to the competitiveness of Finland and the Finnish research and academic community. Our new BullSequana XH2000 includes the latest processor and accelerator architectures to provide more computing power to enable AI-augmented HPC simulation, and to support users go beyond the limits of traditional simulation.” said Pierre Barnabé, Chief Operating Officer, Big Data & Security at Atos.

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The new system will be deployed in two phases: the first phase in summer 2019 which will include a solution designed for Artificial Intelligence research; and the second with Atos’ new BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer, which will provide a giant leap in computing capacity and make Finland the leading country in supercomputing in the Nordics.

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