Fujitsu has become the prime contractor to deliver a new supercomputer as a part of a drive-by the European Union and the Portuguese government to develop world-class high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities for academic and business researchers.
The new system, named Deucalion after the mythological Greek figure, will be installed at the Minho Advanced Computing Centre (MACC) in Portugal. Funding comes from the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and the Portuguese Government’s Science and Technology Foundation (FCT).
Helena Pereira, President of FCT, says: “In addition to an x86 platform, we wanted to push the boundaries of research using the energy-efficient Arm processors. The Fujitsu A64FX is an excellent choice, being the first genuinely HPC-enabled Arm processor with the SVE capability. Having a petascale supercomputer located in Portugal will transform researchers’ ability to access the computing power they need to push their work to the limit. With Fujitsu’s PRIMEHPC FX700 supercomputer technology, we will be at the forefront of global compute capability for research projects. While power and speed are important, undertaking a technology project on this scale also requires trust across all the partners. Fujitsu has invested the time to work with us, build relationships and understand our precise requirements.”
Carlos Barros, Managing Director at Fujitsu Portugal, comments: “The new Fujitsu A64FX platform offers customers an exceptionally high-performance computing experience combined with optimal operational and environmental conditions. We are delighted that MACC will be one of the first European customers to experience the benefits this platform can deliver. The project aims to deliver truly world-class computing for researchers in Portugal, and Fujitsu, along with its partners, is excited to be working in close collaboration with MACC in the drive to extend access to the highest levels of HPC in the EU.
In a contract valued at €20 million, Fujitsu will supply MACC with its FUJITSU Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX700, which incorporates the new Arm-based Fujitsu A64FX processor.
This processor is powering vital areas of new research and is the core technology used in supercomputer Fugaku4 which was jointly developed by Japan’s leading research institute RIKEN and Fujitsu.
In a public tender process, EuroHPC and FCT selected Fujitsu due to its HPC technology leadership, specialized consulting and advisory services for HPC customers, and its proven ability to work within the ecosystem of suppliers necessary for successful HPC projects.