Eviden is to provide an upgrade to an academic supercomputer in Brazil.

The Atos business this week announced that it has signed a new $19.4 million contract with Brazil’s National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC, aka Laboratório Nacional de Computação Científica) to extend the compute capacity of its Santos Dumont supercomputer.

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LNCC's Santos Dumont supercomputer is to get an upgrade – LNCC

Based on Eviden’s BullSequana XH3000 architecture, the extension will see the supercomputer's capacity expanded four-fold, reportedly making it the most powerful in Latin America for academic research.

Installed in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, the expansion will add 17 petaflops. Eviden will provide five BullSequana XH3000 racks – featuring the company’s direct liquid cooling technology – that will include 60 CPUs, 62 GPUs (2 x Intel Sapphire Rapids and 4 x Nvidia Hopper HGX H100), and 36 Grace Hopper GPUs with DDN storage.

The system launched in 2015 with 1.1 petaflops of performance; an expansion in 2019 added 1.85 petaflops, based on the Sequana X1000 architecture.

“We're thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with LNCC and further enhance the capabilities of the Santos Dumont supercomputer,” said Luis Casuscelli, director of big data and cybersecurity at Eviden in South America. “With our BullSequana XH3000 architecture, we're ensuring that LNCC has access to the most advanced computing power available, solidifying Santos Dumont's position as the leading supercomputer in Latin America.”

Fábio Borges, director at LNCC, added: “Thanks to Petrobras, we have the resources necessary to significantly bolster cutting-edge research and development projects, driving advancements in science and technology worldwide.

"Thanks to Eviden, we now have access to a state-of-the-art supercomputer that empowers Brazilian researchers to conduct large-scale scientific experiments and simulations, advancing our capabilities in various fields of study, enabling groundbreaking discoveries and innovations.”