In France, there are different types of computing resources available to scientists, adapted and accessible according to their needs and project size. At national level, these are the so-called Tier1 resources, which are those of the three national computing centers whose equipment strategy is supported and coordinated by GENCI.
In 2018, the European Commission set up a European resources agency dedicated to supercomputing and AI, and in anticipation of quantum computing, called EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, which has notably launched programs to acquire 3 pre-exascale and 2 exascale machines.
The Jules Verne consortium, led by France, has been selected by EuroHPC to host the 2nd machine.
After being a founding member of the PRACE association, and then of EuroHPC in 2018, France strengthened its European commitment in 2020 by being represented on several EuroHPC bodies.
The 3 computing centers:
The Mesonet project came into being in 2022. It aims to strengthen the structuring of national and regional digital simulation offerings by providing academic and industrial researchers, research infrastructure staff and students with a response tailored to their resource needs. Ultimately, the aim is to set up a distributed infrastructure dedicated to coordinating HPC-AI in France.
This project, supported by GENCI associates (MESRI, CNRS, CEA, CPU, INRIA), aims to integrate at least one mesocenter per region, instituted as a reference and regional relay. By 2023, it will include 21 regional mesocentres.
The Mesonet project will also contribute to the "HPC Competence Center" funded by EuroHPC, the principle of which consists in providing companies with a single point of contact for all questions relating to digital simulation.
Programs and projects
GENCI leads or contributes to the implementation of scientific technology projects and programs in France and Europe
On January 4, 2022, one year after the French President announced the National Quantum Plan, Neil Abroug, the coordinator of the national strategy, launched HQI: France Hybrid HPC Quantum Initiative.HQI is an integrated initiative. It combines a hybrid computing platform coupling several quantum technologies with GENCI's Joliot Curie supercomputer at the TGCC (CEA), and a program of research - academic and industrial, and dissemination of uses.
This hybrid quantum/HPC is an innovative and unique initiative, which will benefit from the recognized expertise of CEA/TGCC (Très Grand Centre de Calcul) teams in infrastructure operation, security and support for scientists.
The HQI initiative aims to serve the needs of French and European academic and industrial researchers, wanting to evaluate the potential of quantum computing for their applications free of charge on a public infrastructure, as well as to develop international collaborations to foster open research.
GENCI is contributing to WP 1 and 2 and piloting WP 3 of the HQI program
To find out more about HQI: https://www.hqi.fr/
The European HPCQS project aims to integrate and couple two quantum simulators capable of controlling over 100 qubits, with two existing European tier 0 supercomputers. It also aims to deploy an open European federated infrastructure that will provide non-commercial cloud access to European public and private users. Finally, the project aims to develop a hybrid programming platform that enables quantum simulations to be combined with classical high-performance computing, thereby accelerating the computational speed of classical supercomputers.
In HPCQS, GENCI.....
For more information on HPCQS: https://www.hpcqs.eu/
The "CLUSSTER" project aims to strengthen a sovereign French and European cloud industry by creating a single entry point for the entire French academic and industrial community to a set of sovereign infrastructures and services. The first services will be launched in 2024 for the artificial intelligence (AI) community, and later extended to quantum and high-performance computing (HPC). CLUSSTER is a project funded under the Plans d'Investissement d'Avenir 2030 (Future Investment Plans 2030), led by a consortium made up of French players from the world of academic and industrial research in digital computing and AI: GENCI, CEA, CNRS and Inria, as well as industrialists Eviden, OVHcloud, CS Group, ActiveEon and startup Qarnot.
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