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The University of Oxford selects Atos to deliver the UK's largest AI supercomputer

Atos has signed a four-year contract worth £5 million with the University of Oxford to deliver a new deep learning supercomputer built on the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD architecture. 

This new system will enable UK academics and industry to drive forward scientific discoveries and innovation in machine learning and artificial intelligence, as part of the (Joint Academic Data Science Endeavour) JADE2 project.

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.’

Delivering the AI performance with more than 500 Nvidia GPUs, this high-performance system aims to build on the success of the current JADE1 (Joint Academic Data Science Endeavour) facility - a national resource providing advanced GPU computing facilities to AI and machine learning experts from a consortium of eight UK universities and the Alan Turing Institute.

The JADE2 supercomputer is built on NVIDIA DGX system and uses the DDN A3I storage technology. It will more than triple the capacity of the original JADE machine and provide increased computing capabilities to a wider consortium of over twenty universities and the Turing Institute, helping to meet the level of demand for AI-focused facilities created as a result of the success of the JADE resource. 

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, providing 504 NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs, interconnected with NVIDIA Mellanox InfiniBand networking, all being fed by DDN’s AI400 storage.

JADE - Joint Academic Data science Endeavour. This proposal, led by the University of Oxford, with support from the Alan Turing Institute (ATI), and 22 universities, is the national GPU system supporting multidisciplinary science with a focus on machine learning and molecular dynamics. The system is to be hosted at the STFC Hartree Centre in Daresbury, near Warrington, UK. The supercomputer is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)



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