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Atos part of University of Oxford's JADE 2 AI supercomputer project

by on06 August 2020

Powered by 500 Nvidia GPUs

Atos has partnered with the University of Oxford for JADE2, the largest AI-focused supercomputer in the UK with more than 500 GPUs.

JADE2 will be built using the Nvidia DGX SuperPOD reference architecture and use the DDN A3I storage solution in combination with Nvidia DGX systems and Nvidia Mellanox InfiniBand networking.

It will build on the success of JADE (Joint Academic Data Science Endeavour) and more than triple the capacity of the original to provide increased compute and capacity for scientific discoveries and innovation within UK academics.

Yvonne Walker, partner and customer relations manager, DDN said:  “Delivering scalable solutions like this is what makes the A3I with DGX solution so special. The appeal of having a ready to deploy infrastructure that is tried and true, with the ability to easily grow as system demands increase offers the peace of mind that System Administrators dream of.”

Professor Wes Armour at the University of Oxford said: “The successful delivery of JADE has created more demand among UK researchers and industry for powerful computing facilities which can accommodate high end, data intensive AI workloads. Building on the success of the JADE collaboration with Atos, and by significantly expanding the JADE consortium’s computing capacity, the new Deep Learning supercomputer supplied by Atos will allow us to meet this demand and help many institutions to make some potentially ground-breaking discoveries. It will cement JADE’s status as the de facto national computing facility for academic AI research.”

Alison Kennedy, Director, STFC Hartree Centre said: “We are pleased that the delivery and hosting of this cutting-edge JADE-2 hardware and the resultant increase in capability will support the development and expansion of research computing skills across industry and academia. This aligns directly with the Hartree Centre’s mission and we are delighted to continue the collaboration with Atos and Oxford University which builds upon the previous success of JADE.”

Agnès Boudot,  Senior Vice President, Head of HPC & Quantum at Atos, concluded: “We are proud to be working with the University of Oxford on the delivery of JADE2, which will provide researchers and industry with more computing power to enable new scientific breakthroughs and innovation in machine learning and AI. We believe this high-performance system, coupled with our expertise, will help the UK to address key AI and machine learning challenges, while supporting the UK’s ambition to be a world-leader in these areas.”

The DGX SuperPOD system will comprise a cluster of 63 DGX nodes, having 504 Nvidia V100 Tensor Core GPUs in total, interconnected with Nvidia Mellanox InfiniBand networking, all being fed by DDN’s AI400 storage, making it the largest such system in the UK.

The system is to be hosted at the STFC Hartree Centre in Daresbury, near Warrington, UK.



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