SYSTEM@TIC PARIS-REGION is a competitive cluster aimed at making the Ile de France one of the few regions with a worldwide profile in terms of designing, building and harnessing complex systems.
Following the launch of various projects, including Num@tec Automotive (automotive transport), Usine Numérique (digital factory), Usine Logicielle (software factory) and IOLS (infrastructures and software tools for simulation), in March SYSTEM@TIC PARIS-REGION launched the FAME2 program. The aim of FAME2 is to adapt a new generation of HPC (High-Performance Computing) servers capable of processing huge volumes of data, by 2008. This new generation of machines will enable the construction of extremely powerful supercomputers, delivering several PetaFLOPS (million billion operations per second, Floating Point operations).
The FAME2 project will particularly focus on defining the hardware architecture and optimizing the Linux® kernel in an environment with several tens of thousands of processors. It will enable the validity of the chosen concepts to be demonstrated with the help of a prototype ahead of the manufacturing phase. The program also involves validating all the base software, libraries and optimization tools specifically required to implement simulation or information gathering applications using very large-scale databases (more than 50 Terabytes) in a multi-media, multi-lingual environment applicable both to life sciences and physical sciences.
The main players involved in the projects include major manufacturers and research laboratories, universities and SMEs: Bull, CAPS entreprise, the French Atomic Energy Authority (CEA), Dassault-Aviation, the Ecole Centrale de Paris, ILOG, the French National Petroleum Institute, the National Telecommunications Institute (INT at Evry), NewPhenix, Resonate MP4, the University of Evry and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin. FAME2 has also been given the support of the French Industry Ministry and Yvelines Council, the local authority for the area hosting the project.
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