NVIDIA Grace Superchip powers Atos $160 million supercomputer in Spain

The new Atos MareNostrum 5 supercomputer: $160M contract signed, powered by Arm-based NVIDIA Grace Superchip: 144-core chips.

Published Sun, Jun 19 2022 11:17 PM CDT

Atos is building the new MareNostrum 5 supercomputer, with a new $160 million contract signed in part of the EuroHPC JU initiative, and once it's built it will be the fastest supercomputer in the European Union.

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NVIDIA's new Grace Superchips will be powering the new Atos MareNostrum 5 supercomputer, which will be built in Spain and delivered to the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) in 2023. Inside, the new MareNostrum 5 supercomputer will pack 314 petaflops of FP64 computing performance.

The compute and storage partitions will be operational within the year, reports HPC Wire, adding that the remainder of the MareNostrum 5 supercomputer to be "operational within the year". NVIDIA has also added that the system is "expected to enter deployment in 2023". BSC says that the new MareNostrum 5 supercomputer will be "fully powered with green energy, and will utilize heat reuse technology".

Mateo Valero, director, BSC explained: "The acquisition of MareNostrum 5 will enable world-changing scientific breakthroughs such as the creation of digital twins to help solve global challenges like climate change and the advancement of precision medicine. In addition, [BSC] is committed to developing European hardware to be used in future generations of supercomputers and helping to achieve technological sovereignty for the EU's member states".

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NVIDIA Grace Superchip details:

  • CPU+GPU designed for giant-scale AI and HPC
  • New 900 gigabytes per second (GB/s) coherent interface, 7X faster than PCIe Gen 5
  • 30X higher aggregate system memory bandwidth to GPU compared to DGX A100
  • Runs all NVIDIA software stacks and platforms, including NVIDIA HPC, NVIDIA AI, and NVIDIA Omniverse
  • High-performance CPU for HPC and cloud computing
  • Super chip design with up to 144 Arm v9 CPU cores
  • World's first LPDDR5x with ECC Memory, 1TB/s total bandwidth
  • SPECrate2017_int_base over 740 (estimated)
  • 900 GB/s coherent interface, 7X faster than PCIe Gen 5
  • 2X the packaging density of DIMM-based solutions
  • 2X the performance per watt of today's leading CPU
  • Runs all NVIDIA software stacks and platforms, including RTX, HPC, AI, and Omniverse
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