Our computers

The French national computing resources, made available by GENCI for the scientific communities, are installed and operated in three computing centers: the Très Grand Centre de calcul du CEA (TGCC) at Bruyères-le-Châtel near Paris, the Institut du développement et des ressources en informatique scientifique (Idris) of CNRS at Orsay near Paris and the Centre informatique national de l’enseignement supérieur (Cines) at Montpellier.

 

Très Grand Centre de calcul du CEA (TGCC)

TGCC is an infrastructure for high computing performance, able to host petascale supercomputers.

This supercomputing center has been planned to welcome the first French Petascale machine Curie [1], funded by GENCI for the PRACE Research Infrastructure, and the next generation of Computing Center for Research and Technology (CCRT [2]).

More information: http://www-hpc.cea.fr/en/complexe/tgcc.htm [3]

Curie

Computer featuring modular, general purpose architecture with three kind of nodes: fat nodes (many cores and memory), hybrid nodes (mix of CPUs and GPUs) and thin nodes.

  • Technology: BULL Bullx cluster
  • Peak power: 2 petaflops en 2012
  • Number of processors: 11,520 (Intel Nehalem et Intel Sandy Bridge)
  • Number of computing cores: 92,160
  • Memory: 360 terabytes


Institut du développement et des ressources en informatique scientifique (Idris)

Idris is the major centre of high performance computing for the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). 

A centre of both high performance computing resources and expertise, IDRIS is a service unit of the CNRS (Unité Propre de Service) with a multidisciplinary vocation, under the auspices of the Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies (INS2I).  The usage modalities of the Idris computing means are similar to those of the other large national equipment installations.

More information: http://www.idris.fr/eng/ [4]

Ada

Computer adapted to computation codes presenting a moderate degree of parallelism and/or needing a lot of memory per node

  • Technology: IBM x3750M4
  • Peak power: 230 teraflops
  • Number of processors: 1,328 (Intel Sandy Bridge)
  • Number of computing cores: 10,624
  • Memory: 46 terabytes

  

Turing

Computer adapted to massively parallel computation codes

  • Technology: IBM BlueGene/Q
  • Peak power: 836 teraflops
  • Number of processors: 6,144
  • Number of computing cores: 65,536
  • Memory: 65 terabytes

 

Centre informatique national de l’enseignement supérieur (Cines)

Located in Montpellier in the South of France, Cines has two strategical and national missions, in the fields of High Performance Computing (operation of GENCI’s computing resources, user support, training) and of perennial archiving (long-term numerical data conservation).

More information: www.cines.fr/en/ [5]

Jade

 Scalar parallel computer

  • Technology: SGI Altix ICE 8200
  • Peak power: 267 teraflops (since 2010)
  • Number of processors : 5,760 (Intel Hapertown et Nehalem)
  • Number of computing cores: 23,040
  • Memory : 100 terabytes

Occigen

Supercompter equiped with thin nodes. Will follow Jade at the end of 2014

Occigen
  • Technology: BULL Bullx cluster
  • Peak power: 2.1 petaflops
  • Number of processors: 4,212 (Intel Haswell)
  • Number of computing cores: 50,544
  • Memory: 202 terabytes

 

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