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News | Focus | Supercomputers | Artificial intelligence | Simulation ＆ modelling
October 2020 - the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is deploying new computing and storage resources and services in its TGCC computing centre, for the benefit of research communities in Europe. Aside from conventional HPC resources, the new systems provide services such as sovereign cloud computing, object storage, and interactive computing. These systems will be opened to users in November, and will then be federated with other sites in Europe as part of the Fenix e-infrastructure from the beginning of 2021 onwards.
In the context of the ICEI European project, TGCC has been extended with new systems to address the specific needs of brain research and other scientific domains which require flexible and interactive HPC and data management services. This infrastructure will help researchers to map or simulate all or part of the human brain, but also to test artificial intelligence approaches for robotics, autonomous driving or other virtual environments. Personalised medicine applications will also benefit from Fenix, as well as, for instance, applications in material sciences. These new systems are designed by ATOS/Bull and extend TGCC service offering. They encompass:
CEA's TGCC is a leading European supercomputing facility, operated by teams of the CEA's Military applications division (DAM). The TGCC hosts in particular the Joliot-Curie supercomputer and its associated multi-level storage system, made available by GENCI (Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif) for French and European researchers. It is the most powerful supercomputer for research in France and recently reached a peak compute power of 22 Pflops.TGCC also hosts and operates the Cobalt supercomputer of the Computing Centre for Research and Technology (CCRT), a 2.4 Petaflops system dedicated to industrial use by CEA and twenty private partners - including Safran, Thales, EDF, Michelin, L'Oréal, Valéo, and others.TGCC delivers High Performance Computing services to academia and industry, for their numerical simulation, high performance data analytics and artificial intelligence applications in a huge diversity of areas.
to Fenix I was able to benefit from very powerful computational resources to
achieve high-performance simulations and also to interact with world class
researchers to improve the relevance of my mathematical modeling approach", enthuses Alexandre Muzy, Deputy-Director of the NeuroMod Institute in Université Côte d'Azur, one of the first researchers to use these new services.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.