Friday, October 16th 2020

NVIDIA and Atos Team Up to Build World's Fastest AI Supercomputer

NVIDIA today announced that the Italian inter-university consortium CINECA—one of the world's most important supercomputing centers—will use the company's accelerated computing platform to build the world's fastest AI supercomputer.

The new "Leonardo" system, built with Atos, is expected to deliver 10 exaflops of FP16 AI performance to enable advanced AI and HPC converged application use cases. Featuring nearly 14,000 NVIDIA Ampere architecture-based GPUs and NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200 Gb/s InfiniBand networking, Leonardo will propel Italy as the global leader in AI and high performance computing research and innovation.
Leonardo is procured by EuroHPC, a collaboration between national governments and the European Union to develop a world-class supercomputing ecosystem and exascale supercomputing in Europe, and funded by the European Commission through the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

"The EuroHPC technology roadmap for exascale in Europe is opening doors for rapid growth and innovation in HPC and AI," said Marc Hamilton, vice president of solutions architecture and engineering at NVIDIA. "We're working with CINECA and Atos to accelerate scientific discovery across a broad range of application domains, providing a platform to usher in the era of exascale computing."

Modern scientific computing requires high-performance simulation, data analytics, AI and machine learning, and visualization. NVIDIA's computing platform accelerates all of these workloads while providing extremely high throughput and low power consumption, making it ideal for scientific computing. Examples of research using this approach include work in such areas as:
  • Drug discovery: Using genomic analysis to identify promising proteins that can be targeted with a specific drug to fight COVID-19 and other diseases.
  • Space exploration and research: Harnessing the tools of multi-messenger astrophysics—which incorporates data from wide-ranging sources, such as electromagnetic waves, gravitational waves and neutrinos—to better understand the universe.
  • Weather modeling: Predicting extreme weather conditions with greater accuracy and speed.
The Leonardo supercomputer will help solve scientific challenges across many disciplines, from material sciences to high-energy physics to climate change. Scientists and researchers will be immediately productive on the new system as it will run all the same CUDA software as CINECA's existing NVIDIA-powered system, currently the fastest higher education research supercomputer in Europe.

"CINECA plays a critical part in evolving both the research and industrial community in accelerated HPC application development," said Sanzio Bassini, director of the HPC department at CINECA. "The Leonardo supercomputer is the result of our long-term commitment to pushing the boundaries of what a modern exascale supercomputer can be."

"The call for accessibility in HPC, and the expansion of AI in research and industries, have dramatically increased the requirements for more flexibility, and simplicity, in how the world's leading supercomputers are built," said Giuseppe di Franco, CEO of Italy at Atos. "As Europe's leading supercomputer maker, Atos has made a commitment to embracing these modern-day standards and is raising the bar in further democratizing the world of supercomputing."

Leonardo will be built from Atos' BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer nodes, each with four NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs and a single Intel CPU. It will also use NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200 Gb/s InfiniBand connectivity, with smart in-network computing acceleration engines that enable extremely low latency and high data throughput to provide the highest AI and HPC application performance and scalability.

NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPUs can accelerate over 1,800 HPC applications such as Quantum Espresso for material science, SPECFEM3D for geoscience and MILC for quantum physics by up to 70x, making previous big challenge simulations almost real-time tasks.

Learn more about CINECA's Leonardo system and three additional AI supercomputers powered by NVIDIA's accelerated computing platform recently announced by EuroHPC.
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13 Comments on NVIDIA and Atos Team Up to Build World's Fastest AI Supercomputer

#1
Anymal
Go sLOVEnia, 240 a100 is enough :rockout:
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AnarchoPrimitiv
Intel huh? I guess it needs the fewer cores and slower pcie bandwidth
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pjl321
I like to play a little game call 'tech predictions':

What year will the first phone have a performance in excess of 1 exaflops? (internally, not cloud based)
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#4
kiriakost
They are up to compete with Microsoft decision at making their West Europe data-center in Greece.
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#5
pjl321
kiriakost
They are up to compete with Microsoft decision at making their West Europe data-center in Greece.
Really Greece? Where everyone goes because its so hot? That sounds like a good decision.
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lynx29
pjl321
Really Greece? Where everyone goes because its so hot? That sounds like a good decision.
also power outages in very poor countries... Greece is very poor last I checked... but Maine is in USA and has a ton of power outages... so who knows.
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kiriakost
pjl321
Really Greece? Where everyone goes because its so hot? That sounds like a good decision.
Just sounds as good decision, the offering of new jobs this will be below 100.
When a company that makes yogurt , milk, cheese, this offer 400 or more jobs.
lynx29
also power outages in very poor countries... Greece is very poor last I checked... but Maine is in USA and has a ton of power outages... so who knows.
Any infrastructure around the capital of any country this is by far better designed.
And technology has moved many steps ahead at minimizing consumption of electronics, with the consumption of my SONY 19" Trinitron (past decade), I can now power on, four TFT 23".
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lynx29
kiriakost
Just sounds as good decision, the offering of new jobs this will be below 100.
When a company that makes yogurt , milk, cheese, this offer 400 or more jobs.



Any infrastructure around the capital of any country this is by far better designed.
And technology has moved many steps ahead at minimizing consumption of electronics, with the consumption of my SONY 19" Trinitron (past decade), I can now power on, four TFT 23".
it wasn't meant as an insult, and that is good to hear it is stable there. my small town gets outages at least 2-3 a year and I apparently live in the richest country in the world :roll:

I know Microsoft is starting to put cloud servers under water... seems like a smart move, surprised they didn't try to expand on that with this.
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kiriakost
lynx29
it wasn't meant as an insult, and that is good to hear it is stable there. my small town gets outages at least 2-3 a year and I apparently live in the richest country in the world :roll:

I know Microsoft is starting to put cloud servers under water... seems like a smart move, surprised they didn't try to expand on that with this.
An hint for you, I am unable to get insulted about choices not correlated with my own actions.
The USA this is also a poor country, does not have any money to spend at buying 100 large airplanes so them to handle the wild fires.
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demian_vi
lynx29
also power outages in very poor countries... Greece is very poor last I checked... but Maine is in USA and has a ton of power outages... so who knows.
so much bullshitting... first of all Greece is not very poor, but more importantly power outages is not a thing here unless there's unforeseen weather
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lynx29
demian_vi
so much bullshitting... first of all Greece is not very poor, but more importantly power outages is not a thing here unless there's unforeseen weather
well I didn't mean to go off topic so we can drop it. I was only referring to what I know from the news, that EU had to bail out Greece from going bankrupt a few years ago and Brexit was a big reason why they did that or something, I don't know, I don't really follow it, just stuff I hear in news in passing. no big deal, no need to educate me either, I really don't care. it was just an off hand comment based on some news fragments. im bored of this topic now, back to ram overclocking i go, take care
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kiriakost
demian_vi
so much bullshitting... first of all Greece is not very poor
It is for the best only us, to be aware of our potentials.
But I can not blame anyone that he is misinformed about Greece, when the industry of News this is a distorted mirror, working for the high bidder.
Greece has one of the most powerful army within Europe, we can defend our self's and the property of foreign investors.
End of story.
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#13
Anymal
Most powerful army. A, mistery solved, now we know where all EU money went when financial help was given.
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