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French IT firm ‘Atos’ announces exascale-class supercomputer

Atos will use its Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC) solution for more cooling power

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Atos, the French multinational IT service and consulting company this week announced the brand new ‘exascale-class’ generation of its BullSequana supercomputer. The company revealed the BullSequana XH3000, which according to the company will be providing seamless computing power of about six times than the previous versions.

For those who are unaware, a flop is a measure of computational performance and “peta” means 1015. So a petaflop means that a computer can perform 1,000,000,000,000,000 basic arithmetic operations per second. And 1 exaflop is equal to 1000 petaflops.

Atos’s new High-Performance Computing (HPC) system will be available in the configurations of 1 petaflop to 1 exaflop for digital simulation and for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) application it will come with up to 10 ExaFlops. The HPC system will embrace and support CPU and GPU processors and accelerator architectures from AMD, Intel, NVidia, and finally a microprocessor of the European origin from SiPearl.

For cooling down the XH3000 systems, Atos will use its Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC) solution, which the company claims of providing more than 50 per cent of more cooling power than the prior generations.

Designing and Manufacturing these systems will take place in Europe at Atos’ factory in Angers, France and is said to be scheduled for Q4 2022.

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