JUWELS Booster

JUWELS Booster

Jülich’s JUWELS supercomputer makes #7 at the 2020 TOP500 list

JUWELS offers the strongest platform in Europe for the use of artificial intelligence (AI)

The JUWELS Booster Module, recently installed at Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) - Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), debuts at number 7 on the 56th Top500 list of the world's fastest computers, published on SC20’s virtual proceedings.Thanks to this new booster, JUWELS is now able to massively expand the application limits of simulations and also offers the strongest platform in Europe for the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

Powered by AMD Eypc Rome CPUs and Nvidia A100 GPUs with HDR InfiniBand, the JUWELS Booster Module is a BullSequana machine built by Atos, a global leader in digital transformation headquartered in France, that leverages a modular system architecture. It is a companion system to the Intel Xeon-powered JUWELS Module that also appears at position 44 on the list — and both were integrated using the Modulo Cluster Software Suite fromMunich-based supercomputing specialistParTec

The supercomputer also scored third place on the Green500, which takes energy efficiency gains into account, and is the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputer in the highest performance class.

With the new Booster Module, JUWELS is now capable of 85 petaflops. This is equivalent to 85 quadrillion computing operations per second or the computing power of more than 300,000 modern PCs, and makes JUWELS the fastest computer in Europe. Thanks to its modular design, it is also perfectly prepared to integrate future technologies being researched at FZJ — for example quantum computer modules or neuromorphic modules that work on the model of the human brain.

The TOP500 list is compiled by Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Martin Meuer of ISC Group, Germany. The first version of this list started as an exercise for a small conference in Germany in June 1993; nowadays, it has become a much-anticipated, much-watched and much-debated twice-yearly event.


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