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May 2007
Bull launches its second initiative, to “accelerate innovation”

Everyone’s entitled to power. Leveraging its experience in some of the world’s largest supercomputers, and in open systems, Bull is making available to any kind of organization a new range of high-performance computing solutions, which are:

  • Easy to implement: pre-configured and pre-tested ’turnkey‘ clusters running under Microsoft Windows or Linux environments
  • Simple to manage: thanks to a single point of control that enables the cluster to be administered as easily as a single system
  • Economical and compact, with the best performance/watt and performance/square meter ratios in their category.

As part of its 7i program, Bull is launching its latest initiative to democratize high-performance computing (HPC), with the aim of helping enterprises and research centers accelerate the process of innovation.
Bringing together its experience gained in building some of the biggest supercomputers in the world, and its know-how in enterprise-class open systems, Bull is setting out to support research centers and businesses in their efforts to innovate, so they can design and develop tomorrow’s products more rapidly.

Enterprises and research centers are currently facing a real challenge: they need to be able to innovate faster, and at a lower cost. Bull and its partners have developed a new range of high-performance computing solutions for just these kinds of organizations,” explained Benoît Hallez, Director of High-Performance Computing solutions at Bull. “Democratizing HPC is a major issue for our society today. With our new solutions, we are bringing down the total cost of ownership. And with predefined ’turnkey‘ clusters and powerful system administration tools, we are putting supercomputers within the reach of smaller and medium-sized businesses and research centers.”

Three ‘turnkey’ cluster series running Microsoft Windows or Linux environments
As part of this second initiative, Bull is launching the Bull NovaScale Clusters, three series of pre-configured, production-ready clusters, optimized to deliver maximum performance while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Capitalizing on its expertise in supercomputers and open systems, Bull has defined clusters that combine all the advantages of standard solutions with maximum flexibility and modularity that enable them to precisely match customer requirements.
These clusters have been designed so they can be operated and administered with limited resources, without any need for large numbers of technical staff that only the very biggest research centers or very large enterprises can typically afford. They are available in a wide range of performance levels, with configurations ranging from three to many hundreds of nodes, and offer a wide choice of processors, interconnect networks, and operating environments.

Bull NovaScale Cluster Series all offer the following key features:
Optimum application performance and footprint
Turnkey systems, fully factory-integrated and tested in our European plant, and ready to be integrated into production infrastructures
Modular, scaleable solutions that can be extended to match workload increases
Highly efficient cluster management, with Bull HPC environment for Linux so clusters can be administered as easily as a single system, or with Microsoft Windows CCS 2003
High-performance technologies, with the latest dual core and quad core Intel® Xeon® processors, and dual core Intel® Itanium® 2 processors

Bull is now offering three series of Bull NovaScale Clusters, each available with different performance levels:
The Bull NovaScale Cluster 400-W Series, running under Windows, is equipped with Intel® Xeon® processors. It is ideally suited for teams or workgroups that want to acquire independent high-performance computing resources while capitalizing on their knowledge of the Windows environment.
The Bull NovaScale Cluster 400-L Series, running under Linux, is equipped with Intel® Xeon® processors. It provides different solutions sized for a workgroup, a department in a large company, or for a full-scale data center.
The Bull NovaScale Cluster 3000 Series, running under Linux, is equipped with Intel® Itanium®2 processors, and is designed specifically to fulfill the complex code computing requirements of company departments. .

These three kinds of preconfigured clusters are primarily targeted at organizations that want to equip themselves with industry standard solutions, and need a solution that is operational within a very short time, that integrates easily within their existing infrastructure, without requiring huge back-office teams,” added Benoît Hallez.

Bull’s latest range of offerings is aimed mainly at:
1. Medium-sized research centers, often already part of an existing grid computing network, but keen to have access to their own, local HPC resources, for reasons of simplicity and speed of access.
2. Smaller and medium-sized businesses in almost all market sectors, such as the pharmaceutical industry for example, for developing new drugs; banking and insurance for analyzing financial risks; the chemical industry, for testing and designing new substances; the automotive industry to help design and produce more reliable and cost-effective vehicles… In all these cases and others besides, the aim is the same: to help enterprises face ever-increasing competition, which is affecting their ability to innovate and create new products rapidly, at the lowest possible cost and with increasingly high levels of quality… a key challenge.

To find out more about Bull’s second initiative and the 7i program

Special supplement to ‘La Recherche’ magazine
The launch of Bull’s second initiative is accompanied by a special dossier entitled “Intensive computing, a key driver for competitiveness?” which will be distributed with the May issue of the magazine “La Recherche” (n°408). An English version is also available on request, at the following address:

This special dossier has been published in collaboration with Bull, the French Atomic Energy Authority (CEA), Dassault-Aviation and the French Petroleum Institute.

Download the dossier (French version)

Two important dates for your diary...
Research and Innovation Exhibition in Paris (Salon de la recherche et de l’innovation)
Bull will be exhibiting at the Research and Innovation Exhibition in Paris (Porte de Versailles) 7-9 June.
• On 7 June, from 11.15 pm to noon, Bull, Intel and Microsoft are taking part in a panel discussion entitled “Computer simulation, a key enabler for innovation: how can we make it more accessible?”
• On 8 June, at 9.30am, Bull, along with its partner Intel, is organizing a seminar on the subject: “Democratizing high-performance computing”. Microsoft and Altair will also be presenting their experiences and HPC strategies.

To find out more, or enroll for this event

ISC2007 exhibition in Dresden
Bull will be present at ISC2007 (International Supercomputing Conference) taking place in Dresden from 26-29 June. ISC2007 is the largest exhibition in Europe – and the second largest in the world – focusing on high-performance computing (HPC) solutions. Bull extends an open invitation to meet its team on the company’s stand, number CO6-CO8.

If you would like to make an appointment to meet a Bull representative during the exhibition
To find out more about ISC2007


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