NVIDIA Technology Pivotal to High-Profile HPC Project

14 November 2023

Enabling 90Exaflops of AI training workloads to be executed, the JUPITER high performance computing (HPC) installation represents a huge Euro 500 million investment. Work on it is now underway, and its operation will begin in the 2024 timeframe.

Once completed, this will be Europe’s 1st exascale computer - with the capacity to carry out a trillion calculations every second. Among the multitude of demanding tasks it will be assigned are climate analysis, weather prediction, pharmaceutical development, digital twin construction, materials science investigations and quantum computing.

This state-of the-art computing resource is going to be located at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) in Northern Germany (close to Dusseldorf). It will be reliant on an extensive complement of NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper accelerated central processing unit (CPU) devices (nearly 24,000 in total). Each GH200 features 288 Arm Neoverse processing cores that are capable of achieving 16Pflops of AI performance. They are arranged into groups of 4 and then networked together via a high-speed NVIDIA NVLink connection. 80GBytes of data storage reserve are also embedded into every CPU. 

“At the heart of JUPITER is NVIDIA’s accelerated computing platform, making it a groundbreaking system that will revolutionise scientific research,” states Thomas Lippert, JSC Director. “JUPITER combines exascale AI and exascale HPC with the world’s best AI software ecosystem to boost the training of foundational models to new heights.”

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