CURIE Grand Opening on March 1st, 2012



The Research Infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) welcomes the full installation of the French supercomputer CURIE, the second Tier0 system for PRACE, which will be completely opened to scientists on March 1st, 2012.

Made available by GENCI, which represents France – one of the four hosting members in PRACE, and provided by Bull, the supercomputer CURIE has been installed in two phases since the end of 2010 and is now fully operational. During this period, CURIE has been gradually accessible for research purposes through the PRACE Regular and Preparatory Access Calls.

Altogether, CURIE will deliver a global peak performance of 2 Petaflop/s (2 million billion operations a second) when fully open on March 1st, 2012.

“Thanks to CURIE, the European HPC capacity available through PRACE is now doubled. This capacity will help Europe lead the world in the quest for suitable solutions to societal challenges such as population ageing, climate change and energy efficiency”, said Nellie Kroes, Vice-president of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda.

Installed in France at the Très Grand Centre de Calcul (TGCC) operated by CEA near Paris, CURIE is the second PRACE Tier0 system.

“It is crucial for PRACE to extend continuously its facilities and services in order to provide the best resources to those computing Grand Challenges that can help improve our society and our life in the blue planet. The CURIE Grand Opening will strengthen the PRACE infrastructure with a novel, unique and highly performing computing architecture”, expressed Dr. Maria Ramalho, PRACE Managing Director.

The supercomputer CURIE, a Bull BullX system based on the latest Intel® Xeon® technology, is a combination of huge computational capabilities – powered by more than 92000 cores – coupled with strong data processing capacities (more than 360 TB of main memory and 15 PB of attached disk). Such a well-balanced architecture is unique in Europe.

“CURIE has been targeted to address world-class and unprecedented scientific key challenges which are not reachable with the current systems. The first results obtained while testing the whole configuration of the machine are very promising, especially in the field of life sciences”, said Catherine Riviere, CEO of GENCI.

This article was first published on on Wednesday 15 February 2012.


The mission of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is to enable high-impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. 

PRACE seeks to realise this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process. 

PRACE aisbl is funded by the PRACE Members The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020).

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