France’s TGCC to host Europe’s second exascale supercomputer

GENCI's Jean Zay supercomputer

The European Commission is to procure a second exascale-class supercomputer and locate it in France.

The European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has selected the Jules Verne consortium to host & operate in France the EU agency’s second exascale supercomputer.

Euro-HPC said the new exascale supercomputer will be managed by GENCI, the French national agency for High-Performance Computing. It will be located at the TGCC computing center owned by the CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) in Bruyères-le-Châtel, southwest of Paris.

Philippe Lavoca, CEO of GENCI, said: “One billion billion of operations per second to accelerate the advent of the future. GENCI is delighted and proud with EuroHPC’s announcement that the Franco-Dutch Jules Verne consortium has been selected to host and operate an Exascale-class supercomputer.”

François Jacq, CEA chairman added: “This supercomputer will be an exceptional instrument for European research at the service of European society and sovereignty. It will enable major advances in many fields that are at the heart of CEA’s research activities, such as high-resolution climate modeling, fusion for energy, innovative materials, human digital twins, and personalized medicine. The CEA has a long experience of designing and implementing pre-exascale supercomputers in state-of-the-art computing centers. We will put all our expertise in the design and operation of computing centers at the service of this project, with the objective of performance and control of energy consumption.”

The Jules Verne consortium will be led by France through GENCI and supported by CEA, with the participation of the Netherlands through Surf, a cooperative association of Dutch educational and research institutions.

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