Inauguration of the DANTE supercomputer

To increase their computing capacities, in accordance with the national roadmap for digital technology, the Paris Institute of Globe Physics (IPGP) and the APC (AstroParticle and Cosmology) have joined forces to set up a shared high-performance computing platform with a capacity of 298 teraflops (at peak) with the financial support of the Île-de-France region.

Named DANTE (for multi Data ANalysis and compuTing Environment for science), this supercomputer is a scientific instrument inaugurated in October 2021. The objective of this project is to build and, eventually, to mutualize the hardware and software resources of the Service de Calcul Parallèle et d'Analyse de Données (S-CAPAD) of the IPGP and the Centre François Arago (FACe) of the APC within the IPGP. It is planned to improve the capacities of the resources and services according to the evolution of the needs and the research practices at IPGP and APC. It is also planned to provide training actions in the framework of the joint project between APC and IPGP (LabEx UnivEarthS, EUR v2).

The APC's commitment to the DANTE project amounts to 150 000 €: the APC platform has been open since February 2021 and allows the laboratory's researchers and associates to benefit from a high-performance storage space of more than 130 Terabytes and a little more than 600 computing cores administered by the laboratory's IT team.

This platform was officially inaugurated on October 7 in the presence of Marc Chaussidon (director of the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris), Eric Chassande-Mottin (deputy director of the Astroparticle and Cosmology laboratory), Olivier Mousson (regional councillor of Île-de-France, vice-president of the higher education and research commission), Edouard Kaminski (VP research, University of Paris), and in partnership with the company Lenovo.

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