The announce of the procurement contract of the European supercomputer Leonardo was announced on October 15 by the Italian Minister of Universities and Research Gaetano Manfredi, together with Roberto Viola, Director General of DG Connect at the EU Commission and Cineca President Eugenio Di Sciascio and General Director David Vannozzi. Also in attendance were by Thomas Skordas, director of "Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure" DG Connect; Anders Dam Jensen, Executive Director of EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, Sanzio Bassini, Director of Cineca's HPC department, Antonio Zoccoli, INFN President, Stefano Ruffo, SISSA President, Giuseppe Di Franco, CEO of Atos Italia, and Marc Hamilton, vice president of solutions architecture and engineering at NVIDIA.



Leonardo, managed by Cineca that will be installed at the end of 2021 in the new data center located in Bologna Tecnopolo, will be based on Atos BullSequana XH2000 technology, and feature nearly 14,000 next generation NVIDIA Ampere architecture-based GPUs and NVIDIA Mellanox HDR InfiniBand. It will deliver 10 exaflops of FP16 AI performance.