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The Forschungszentrum Julich in Germany Chooses Bull to Deliver a 200-Teraflops Supercomputer for the JuRoPa Project

PARIS and JULICH, Germany, September 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

PARIS and JULICH, Germany, September 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

– Bull is in a Position to Play a Central Role in the HPC Revolution in Europe by Being Selected as the Prime Contractor for the JuRoPa Project, Which Also Includes Intel, Partec, and Sun

The Forschungszentrum Julich, Germany's leading HPC center and the instigator of the JuRoPa project, aimed at accelerating the development of high performance cluster computing in Europe, has ordered from Bull a supercomputer with a performance of 200 Teraflops, to be deployed at the beginning of 2009 and integrated within the Julich's datacenter network.

"Science and industry increasingly rely and profit from simulations on computers of the highest performance class," explained Prof. Thomas Lippert, director of the Julich Supercomputing Centre. "To support these growing demands Julich has chosen Bull as prime contractor for the JuRoPa project which also includes Sun, ParTec and Intel. We consider Bull to be best suited to bring together the leading technologies in a partnership to create a most energy and performance effective general-purpose supercomputer for the wide range of simulation problems tackled in Julich."

The JUROPA project (which stands for "Julich Research on Petaflops Architectures") was set up by the Forschungszentrum Julich to investigate emerging cluster technologies and achieve a new class of cost-efficient supercomputers for peta-scale computing. Explored technologies include hardware based on Intel(R) Xeon(R) processors and innovative extreme bandwidth low-latency network technologies, as well as a new class of HPC middleware from Partec. Intel, Partec, and Sun are contributors to the project, with Bull taking on overall responsibility.

A Bull architecture integrating best-of-breed technologies in a production-level system.

Julich's new supercomputer is a cluster combining Bull NovaScale servers, Sun blade servers, all based on Intel(R) Xeon(R) Nehalem processors, and complete HPC cluster software provided by Partec. This is combined with a high-performance input-output (I/O) system based on a Sun ZFS/Lustre file system, guaranteeing end-to-end data integrity. Bull supplies the know-how to integrate these advanced technologies while ensuring that the new supercomputer is an extremely effective tool with the production-level standards of a world-class HPC center.

The new system increases the currently available computing power by a factor of 50. It opens the door to advanced research projects, offering researchers the possibility to work on today's major challenges in scientific research including, for example, energy management, novel materials and climatology.

"Bull is very proud to be selected by Forschungszentrum Julich, which is one of the largest research centres worldwide dedicated to high performance computer simulation," says Philippe Miltin, Vice President Bull Products and Systems."It is also a major step in the involvement of Bull in computer simulation, and an acknowledgement of Bull's high-level know-how both as a technology provider and as an architect of complex and flexible solutions, in one of the most dynamic markets today." continues Philippe Miltin.

With this contract, Bull is signaling that it can meet the European challenge of high-performance computer simulation and act as a major industrial player in this area, particularly through partnerships with some of the leading organizations. Having anticipated several years ago the current evolution in computer simulation technologies, Bull is today at the forefront of this discipline, working alongside the best. This represents a considerable strength for the European industry, and will benefit all Bull customers.

About Bull, Architect of an Open World(TM)

As one of the leading European IT companies, Bull delivers open, flexible and secure information systems. The group helps public and private sector customers transform their information systems, applying its know-how and expertise in three main areas:

– Capitalizing on its extensive mainframe experience, Bull designs and produces robust, innovative and open servers, based on industry-standard technologies; – Building on its alliances with leading ISVs and long-standing involvement with Open Source, Bull develops and implements flexible and interoperable application infrastructures which give business processes the freedom to evolve; – Bringing together recognized expertise in end-to-end IT security, Bull secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving customers' business integrity.

Bull has a particularly strong presence in the public, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and defense sectors. Its distribution network and business partners cover more than 60 countries worldwide.

For more information visit: http://www.bull.com

Contact

Bull :

Anne-Marie Jourdain – Phone: +33(0)1-30-80-32-52 – E-mail: anne-marie.jourdain@bull.net

Financial Dynamics :

Florence de Montmarin/Tiphaine Bannelier – Tel : +33-(0)1-47-03-68-63 florence.demontmarin@fd.com/tiphaine.bannelier@fd.com

SOURCE BULL Infrastructure & systemes et Les Clayes Sous Bois

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