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ParTec AG (ParTec)

Germany

ParTec AG, one of the leading SMEs in the HPC domain in Europe and the specialist for modular supercomputing, develops and supports a comprehensive suite of HPC systems’ management tools and a runtime environment specifically tuned for the largest distributed-memory supercomputers in existence today and beyond. ParTec’s unrivaled expertise in developing HPC software includes the self-developed ParaStation MPI and tools like TicketSuite and HealthChecker. In conjunction with professional services, consultancy, and support, ParTec was elected as the partner of choice in some of the leading HPC sites across Europe. For more than two decades, ParTec has been a strong general-purpose HPC specialist in the German and EMEA HPC market.

ParTec’s ParaStation Modulo is extensively used in production environments, e.g., on the JURECA Cluster and Booster system with 6.56 PFlop/s peak performance and ranked #52 in the June 2019 TOP500 list, both operated by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). The existing JUWELS Cluster system with a 9.89 PFlop/s peak performance, run by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) and ranked #30 in the June 2019 TOP500 list has just been extended by a Booster. The peak performance for the Booster is around 71 PFlop/s. It got ranked #7 on the November 2020 TOP500 list, making it #1 in Europe. Besides the mentioned large systems, ParTec also supports some experimental systems. ParTec is the chosen partner for the co-design and the support of the JUROPA family, HDF-ML and ICCP-ICEI systems, likewise operated by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre.

ParTec participates in nationally funded research projects as well as in EU-funded Exascale projects like the DEEP and SEA families of projects. Furthermore, ParTec participates in the CoE RAISE project, which is its first participation in a Centre of Excellence. The Modular Supercomputing Architecture (MSA), which plays a central role in these projects, is enabled by ParTec’s ParaStation Modulo Software Suite and further developed in the aforementioned Exascale projects. The MSA approach, first demonstrated on the DEEP-EST prototype, has been shown to work successfully also on large-scale production systems like the JURECA and JUWELS Cluster-Booster systems, as well as in the Luxembourg MeluXina system expected to go into production in H1/2021. In addition, ParTec (as a member of the project management team) internally supports the coordinator FZJ at the DEEP projects’, DEEP-SEA project’s and RAISE project’s management level.

In the CoE RAISE ParTec supports the JSC in the administrative WP1 Management and constitutes 50% of the Project Management Team (PMT). In AI- and HPC-Cross Methods (WP2) of the project ParTec contributes its software expertise for the access to the MSA systems (heterogeneous supercomputers) at JSC and supplies solutions regarding different user-requirements. Due to the legal experience of ParTec, the company is able to assume the responsibility to protect the intellectual properties (IPs) of the partners in WP5 Business Development and thus establish a cornerstone of the CoE RAISE business.

WP 2 - AI- and HPC-Cross Methods at Exascale (Contributor)

Task
Task name
Role
T2.1
Modular and heterogeneous supercomputing architectures
Contributor
T2.2
Hardware prototypes
Contributor

WP 1 - Management (Contributor)

Task
Task name
Role
T1.1
Administrative project management and coordination
Contributor
T1.2
Management and steering of technical implementations
Contributor
T1.3
Risk management and technical quality assurance
Contributor

WP 6 - Services and Outreach (Contributor)

Task
Task name
Role
T6.3
Dissemination and communication
Contributor

WP 5 - Business Development (Contributor)

Task
Task name
Role
T5.3
Establishment of legal grounds for the AISee business
Contributor