Atos , the international leader in digital transformation, continues to work hard on the European exaflopic supercomputer. The group uses ARM technology to achieve its goals and adds the new Bull Sequana X1310 to its range of supercomputers. He therefore took advantage of the ISC High Performance conference which took place in Frankfurt to lift the veil on this high performance device which embeds ARM processors.
As would be expected, the X1310 will run on Cavium's ThunderX2 chips, the manufacturer's second generation of server chips featuring 54 cores. It is an open supercomputer compatible with future exascale-class technologies, which will eventually make it capable of processing a billion billion operations per second.
The X1310, derived from the Xeon and Xeon Phi-based X1000 model, is expected to be available for purchase during the second quarter of 2018.
A design part of the Mont Blanc project
Today, Atos is leading the third phase of the Mont-Blanc project. This is a European project aimed at developing eco-efficient supercomputers. The French firm aims to define the architecture of an exascale class computing node operating with ARM processors and being able to be marketed.
For their research and their evaluations, the Mont-Blanc partners will use a test platform developed by Atos which will use the Bull Sequana X1000 architecture. Atos will therefore integrate the X1310 into its standard product line.
ARM at the center of interest of many companies
Atos pays particular attention to the platform that dominates mobile computing and is one of the forerunners of high performance computing on ARM. However, the company is not alone in showing its interest in this technology in HPC.
E4 Computer Engineering, an Italian company, has developed first-generation ThunderX-based clusters which have been on sale since 2015. In early 2017, Cray launched an ARM supercomputer in Britain. Penguin Computing's ThunderX2-based platform has also just been unveiled.
As data centers are consuming more power, HPE, Dell and Lenovo are also looking into the matter as ARM's propensity absorbs little power.