Boffin at the University of Edinburgh will soon be able to get his hands on a new high-powered supercomputer to help “unlock the secrets of the universe” following a deal with the European technical organization Atos.
The university has awarded a contract to Atos to deliver its Bullsquana XH2000 supercomputing system, which is described as “the largest system dedicated to GPU computing deployed at a customer site in the UK”.
Once up and running, it allows star gazers in the STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) principle community to conduct research in particle physics, astronomy, cosmology and nuclear physics using NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) and AMD EPC processors. will allow to.
In Statement Announcing the deal, Atos said the tie-up with the University of Edinburgh “provides a major boost to DRAC’s computing capability, driving the power of the Extreme Scaling Service.”
DiRAC – which stands for Distributed Research Using Advanced Computing – is a distributed facility with high performance computing resources hosted by the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Durham and Leicester.
The statement continued: “These systems support fundamental research in particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics and cosmology. This agreement is supported by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) World Class Laboratories Scheme through the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). This is part of an investment of £20 million to upgrade the DIRAC facility.
The XH2000 cabinet can hold up to 32 direct liquid cooled blades (20 in the front and 12 in the rear). full specs here [PDF].
Although, undoubtedly, an important step in understanding the hidden workings of the universe, the good news for the students was that Atos plans to sponsor a student’s PhD and splash some cash to support the hackathon. happy Days.
Last week, register reported that Nvidia unveiled It’s been called “the world’s most powerful AI supercomputer yet,” a giant machine called Perlmutter for NERSC, aka the US National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.
“Perlmutter’s ability to fuse AI and high-performance computing will lead to breakthroughs in fields ranging from materials science and quantum physics to climate forecasting, biological research and much more,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said at the time.
The $146m supercomputer – much higher than the figure of “Part of the £20m investment” cited in the Atos/University of Edinburgh handshake – is to be operated at Perlmutter Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It is named after Saul Perlmutter, a physicist working in the lab and the University of California, Berkeley, who won the award. Nobel Prize in 2011 To find evidence that the universe was expanding faster than expected. ®
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