University of Edinburgh buys French supercomputer
“The system will be the extreme scaling service for the UK DiRAC HPC installation,” according to Atos. “The platform will allow scientists in the STFC theoretical community to conduct research in particle physics, among other things, using Nvidia GPUs and AMD processors. “
DiRAC (Distributed Research Using Advanced Computing) combines high performance computing resources hosted by the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Durham and Leicester.
The deal is part of a £ 20million investment in upgrading DiRAC by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) World Class Laboratories program, through the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), said Atos . four times more powerful than existing DiRAC machines.
Atos will also help sponsor a student’s PhD, support a Hackathon and organize a series of training workshops for scientists.
In the UK, among others. he works with organizations such as: the Hartree Center of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the Wellcome Genome Campus, the JADE department of the University of Oxford and the Pirbright Institute.
This high-performance computing system will allow our scientific community in the fields of particles
physics, astronomy, cosmology and nuclear physics to pursue research on a range of subjects, ”said Luigi Del Debbio, professor of theoretical physics at Edinburgh. “Atos’ equipment and expertise will strengthen our HPC systems offering in the modernized DiRAC-3 facility, strengthening our research activity and supporting the education and training of our students.
XH2000 is a fanless design that discharges its heat into an external hot water cooling loop (inlet up to 40 ° C).
A heat exchanger is included that transfers energy lost to the outdoor water loop from the internal cooling loop that circulates around the compute blades, management switch, interconnect switch, and power blocks. food.
The DiRAC website is here
The technical sheet of Atos XH2000 supercometers is here