Atos and Intel have announced a multiyear collaboration focused on delivering the next generation of exaclass systems for high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI). The collaboration builds on the two companies’ long-standing partnership to further accelerate scientific and business innovation.
“The growth of artificial intelligence capabilities, data volumes and computing power in recent years will make AI an integral part of almost every HPC system. Intel today delivers the only data center CPU with built-in AI acceleration while enabling a shift in memory-storage paradigm with Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory. Going forward, Intel general-purpose GPUs based on the Xe architecture, along with Intel’s oneAPI, will further accelerate the convergence,” said Trish Damkroger, vice president and general manager of the Extreme Computing Group at Intel.
As part of the multiyear collaboration, Atos will incorporate into its core platforms future Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel Xe-based GPUs optimized for HPC and AI workloads. Atos will also leverage Intel oneAPI, a unified and scalable programming model that harnesses the power of diverse computing architectures in the era of HPC/AI convergence.
Atos is a leading European system provider of TOP500 supercomputers and is continuously developing solutions to address the needs of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The collaboration will enable Atos and Intel to bring world-class systems to market, providing customers with the computing power needed to enable AI-augmented HPC simulations and tackle previously impossible design, engineering and scientific challenges.
“As we broaden our product portfolio for AI, customers require an infrastructure that can support the convergence of typical HPC applications and AI workloads. The combination of Xeon processors, Xe architecture GPUs and Intel oneAPI – as well as the Intel optimized frameworks such as Tensorflow federated in our BullSequana X supercomputer architecture – will provide Atos with a cohesive Intel-based architecture for the convergence of HPC and AI,” said Arnaud Bertrand, senior vice president, global head of BDS Strategy, Innovation and R&D at Atos.
Exascale-Class Computing: Intel and Atos will jointly develop innovative high-performance computing platforms combining their technologies including future Intel Xeon Scalable processor and Intel Xe-based GPUs optimized for HPC and AI workloads. These platforms will support Intel compiler and software convergence technologies including Intel OneAPI with Atos’s HPC software stack.
High-Performance Computing Fabric: Atos will enhance its Bull eXascale Interconnect (BXI interconnect) with Intel technologies to meet the needs of hybrid exascale-class systems, which are able to connect traditional HPC infrastructure to Quantum-based systems, AI-dedicated components and edge devices. It reinforces Atos’ exascale strategy, which is to support all the workloads in a unique BullSequana platform.