France Will Host EuroHPC’s Second Exascale Supercomputer

By Oliver Peckham

June 20, 2023

Hot off the heels of the announcement of Sweden’s Arrhenius system yesterday, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) has announced the hosts and operators of Europe’s second exascale system: the Jules Verne consortium, consisting of Frances, represented by GENCI (Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif) and CEA (the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), and the Netherlands, represented by Dutch national supercomputing center SURF. The supercomputer is expected to be deployed by the end of 2025.

As with yesterday’s announcement, details are scarce, as vendors have not yet been selected. GENCI confirms that the system will be capable of more than one exaflops and “300PB of boot-up storage,” adding that it will be “based on a modular and energy-efficient architecture offering multiple compute, pre/post-processing and service partitions federated by a high-speed internal interconnect[.]” The system, GENCI adds, will integrate “experimental partitions of hybrid quantum computing and will be able to integrate new European sovereign technologies[.]”

General architecture of the exascale system as proposed. Image courtesy of GENCI/the Jules Verne consortium.

The system will be hosted at the TGCC (Très Grand Centre de Calcul, or “Very Large Computing Center”), which is operated by CEA. The TGCC is in Bruyères-le-Châtel, just south of Paris. Just last October, EuroHPC selected GENCI/the TGCC to host one of Europe’s first quantum computers.

EuroHPC confirmed in an email to HPCwire that Jules Verne is the name of the consortium, not the system, and that a name for the system has not yet been chosen.

The system will have a total budget around €542 million (~$591 million), of which €271 million will be provided by EuroHPC itself, €8 million will be provided by the Dutch Ministry of Culture, Education and Science; and €263 million will be provided by the French government. That massive budget will cover the cost of acquiring the supercomputer and operating it for five years.

GENCI says that the system will be used for modeling the effects of climate change, materials research, energy research, low-carbon transportation research, training for generative AI, and creating digital twins of the human body for personalized medicine. GENCI also specifically mentioned the “avalanche of data” stemming from large scientific instruments as a use case for the supercomputer.

To those ends, the Jules Verne consortium will help to support European researchers in porting and optimizing their applications for use on an exascale system. This includes partnering with other organizations, including the France 2030 NumPEx program and French research organizations ONERA and IFPEN. GENCI says that the Jules Verne consortium is “ready to welcome other countries” beyond France and the Netherlands.

As suggested at the end of our coverage on the Swedish system yesterday, the announcement that France will be hosting a major EuroHPC system fills a glaring gap in EuroHPC’s map of host countries. France was a natural choice: not just for its prominence in the European Union and experience with supercomputing, but also for its famously low-carbon (and predominantly nuclear) electric grid. In recent years – and particularly with the ongoing energy crisis in Europe – EuroHPC has shown a growing emphasis on ensuring low-carbon operation for increasingly energy-hungry systems.

With apologies for the reiteration for anyone who read the article yesterday: this now means that EuroHPC – which has 33 participating countries – has a total of 15 announced or installed systems across 15 countries. The other host countries include petascale systems in Bulgaria, Czechia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden; pre-exascale systems in Finland, Italy and Spain; and the JUPITER exascale system in Germany.

More broadly, this marks (by our count) one more in what remains a single-digit count of announced or known-to-be-installed exascale systems. One exascale system, Frontier, is already operational in the U.S., with two more (Aurora and El Capitan) on the way for the next year or so; at least two are likely operational in China; and this marks the second for Europe.

It remains possible that we’ll hear even more news out of EuroHPC in the coming days or weeks. Likely candidates include additional petascale systems and the hotly-anticipated vendor announcements for JUPITER.

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