France To Install a New GPU-Accelerated Supercomputer

France’s Institute for Development and Resources in Intensive Scientific Computing has just announced plans to build a new GPU-accelerated supercomputer designed for AI workloads.

“Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly influencing the next wave of digital experiences, and in France, we see it as a major opportunity for scientific and economic growth,” said Gilles Thiebaut, Vice President of HPE France.

The supercomputer named after Jean Zay, a French politician imprisoned by the Vichy government during World War II, will deliver a peak performance of 14 petaflops.

The system is comprised of 261 GPU nodes, each with four NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, totaling 1,044.

Jean Zay will be built using HPE’s SGI 8600 system and will be put into production in October of this year.

“The new supercomputer…will focus on research across fundamental physical sciences such as particle physics and cosmology,” said Thiebaut. The supercomputer will also be used “to foster discoveries in fusion energy, space exploration, and climate forecasting,” Thiebaut added.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will design and install the system.

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