As a major French player in HPC, CEA and especially its DAM Ile-de-France teams are taking part in national and European activities and projects.
In particular, HPC CEA DAM teams are strongly engaged at the European leveL. CEA is a PRACE hosting site and a founding member of ETP4HPC, and participating in R&D projects of the H2020 Programme and now of the Joint Undertaking for High Performance Computing (EuroHPC JU), bringing together funds from the EC and from the Participating States.
ETP4HPC - the European
Technology Platform (ETP) for High-Performance Computing (HPC) - is an independent, industry-led and non-profit
association. Its main mission is to promote European HPC research and innovation in order to maximise the economic and societal benefit of HPC for European science, industry and citizens. ETP4HPC is a private member of the EuroHPC JU, and suggests research priorities in the area of HPC technology and usage to EuroHPC via its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA).
CEA is a founding member of the European Technology Platform ETP4HPC, and since then a member of its Steering Board
PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, is a permanent pan-European High Performance Computing service providing world-class systems for world-class science. Systems at the highest performance level (Tier-0) are deployed by Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
The French Tier-0 HPC System “Joliot-Curie” which is hosted at TGCC, operated ty CEA teams, is funded and made available by GENCI and partly dedicated to PRACE.
Moreover, CEA has been taking part in the EU-funded projects “PRACE Implementation Phase” since 2010, supporting PRACE deployment and related services.
European Projects (ongoing)
The Human Brain Project aims to put in place a cutting-edge research infrastructure that will allow scientific and industrial researchers to advance our knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, computing, and brain-related medicine. This project, which will end in 2023, is today led by Ebrains AISBL. Ebrains will continue to provide these services to the neuroscience and brain-related community after the end of the HBP project.
CEA hosts the French HBP Node, and also offers computing services to the neuroscience communities in Europe at large.
ICEI / FENIX
E-Infrastructure for the Human Brain Project
As part of The Human Brain Project
, ICEI/FENIX provides a specific compute infrastructure (machines and services) to the community. To achieve this, five leading European supercomputing centres teamed up to develop a set of services federated amongst the different sites, in order to provide a seamless infrastructure for the scientists, in line with their respective national programmes.
Percipient StorAGE for Exascale Data Centric Computing 2
Sage2, following up the SAGE project, again led by Seagate, intends to validate a next generation storage system. It builds on top of the already existing SAGE platform to address new use case requirements in the areas of extreme scale computing, scientific workflows, and AI/deep learning leveraging leveraging the latest developments in storage infrastructure software and storage technology ecosystem.
Sage2 aims to provide significantly enhanced scientific throughput, improved scalability, and better time & energy to solution for these workloads. Sage2 will also dramatically increase the productivity of developers and users of these systems.
In 2016 the European Commission stressed the need for building a European HPC Infrastructure including innovative high-end supercomputers. In the PPI4HPC project, a group of leading
European supercomputing centres established a buyers group to run a joint
Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI in the area of high-performance computing (HPC).
Through PPI4HPC, the Joliot-Curie
supercomputer at CEA received its latest extension, making it the first operational supercomputer worldwide to include the AMD new-generation processors in late 2019
Maestro builds a data and memory-aware middleware framework that addresses the ubiquitous problems of data movement in complex memory hierarchies that exist at multiple levels of the HPC software stack.
CEA extends and develops new features in existing open source projects such as MPC
for the Maestro middleware, and adapt its production workflow to exploit Maestro-enabled data-driven optimisation.
The SEA projects aim to drive further the vision shared by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), Atos and ParTec, of the modular supercomputer architecture. The four core partners have gathered around them the best European skills, whether academic or industrial, to strengthen the European technologies that will equip the future European Exascale computers.
RED-SEA will look into the network interconnect - a potential bottleneck at the Exascale. It aims to extend and optimize the production-proven European interconnect BXI (BullSequana eXascale Interconnect) to make it capable to power the future European Exascale systems. As HPC systems increasingly need to interact securely with the outside world, including public clouds, edge servers or third party HPC systems, RED-SEA will also add a seamless interface with Ethernet. The project relies on technology developed within previous projects such as ExaNest and Mont-Blanc.
IO-SEA will cover the Input/Output and data management aspects that will help tackle the increased pressure on storage systems in the context of exascale systems. It aims to design and develop a novel management and storage platform based on object stores, allowing for hierarchical storage management (HSM) and on-demand provisioning of storage services. It leverages the results from the Sage, Sage 2 and Maestro projects.
The European Processor Initiative (EPI) is a project currently implemented under the first stage of the Framework Partnership Agreement signed by the Consortium with the European Commission (FPA: 800928), whose aim is to design and implement a roadmap for a new family of low-power European processors for extreme scale computing, high-performance Big-Data and a range of emerging applications.
Since 2002 CEA and RIKEN have been focusing on improving their supercomputing technologies and optimising a selection of scientific applications, in particular on ARM-based architectures. In the collaboration CEA/DIF/DSSI activities include, but are not limited to, programming languages and environments, performance evaluation, and system level features.
"La Maison de la Simulation" is an entity involving regional partners (CEA, CNRS, Université d'Orsay and Université de Versailles - St Quentin), which is meant to motivate, support and stimulate the scientific communities to make the best usage of supercomputers, especially those deployed as part as GENCI and PRACE.
In particular, "La Maison de la Simulation" coordinates the Center of Excellence in Energy EoCoE, and is also a partner of Coordination and support Action FocusCoE.