June 30, 2020 — The investment of the French scientific community in ARM technology has been more and more intense for 18 months with a key 2019 year in the continuation of the work initiated more than 10 years ago on the Mont Blanc project.
This year saw the deployment at TGCC / CEA of a new computing prototype called INTI, based on the BullSequana X1000 platform incorporating Marvell ARM ThunderX2 technology, and its opening to the entire scientific community in the fourth quarter of 2019 ( www .edari.fr ) with the ambition to support and accompany the French scientific community on the way to Exascale.
The INTI platform helped support application carriers on three hackathons, allowing developers to understand the efforts to be made to bring their codes to ARM technology, optimize the associated software environments, and see how to get the most out of generations future Arm processors including the European processor (PPE) for Exascale.
GENCI’s Technological Watch Unit (CVT) with work done on the portability of applications, the study of scaling up and the EVS characterization of scientific applications representative of the fields of climate, materials, earth sciences and CFD-combustion.
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GENCI is in charge of providing high-performance computing and data processing resources. Its mission, at national and European level, is to promote the use of intensive computing associated with Artificial Intelligence for the benefit of the academic research communities. and industrial.