Big quote: “By leveraging our high-performance AMD EPYC server processors, the Atos supercomputer can enable significant improvements in weather forecasting, helping to increase the accuracy of weather predictions around the world,” stated Forrest Norrod, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Center and Embedded Solutions Business Group. “The real-time data powered by AMD EPYC and delivered by the supercomputer at ECMWF has the potential to decrease the impact of severe weather events on peoples’ lives.”
AMD and Atos have issued joint press releases asserting a partnership with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to power its new meteorological supercomputer. Once operational in 2021, the new supercomputer will enable the ECMWF to run predictions at the next decision of round 10km.
The new supercomputer will be based mostly on Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 high-performance computing platform. The BullSequana XH2000 is a extremely scalable, exascale-ready platform that succeeds the unique BullSequana X1000. Outside of AMD’s 64-core/128-thread Epyc 7742 and Mellanox 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand interconnects, there are no extra specifics relating to the configuration.
However, the BullSequana XH2000 42U cupboard is able to accommodating as much as 32 direct liquid-cooled 1U blades. The 1U blades are configurable with three compute nodes, and presently help AMD’s Epyc 7002, Intel’s second technology of scalable Xeon processors (Cascade Lake), Nvidia’s Volta V100, and Cavium’s ThunderX2 Arm-based chip.
Once deployed, the new supercomputer will be among the many most potent meteorological supercomputers on the earth, supporting a whole lot of researchers from over 30 international locations throughout Europe. Specifically, it ought to enhance the flexibility for medium and long-range weather forecasting, in addition to anticipating extreme weather occasions and depth.
The new Atmos supercomputer will be constructed and put in at the ECMWF information middle in Bologna, Italy, in 2020. The system is predicted to be in service someday in 2021. This is one other necessary supercomputing win for AMD, with Epyc chips just lately touchdown in Archer 2, the new supercomputer belonging to United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI).