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n°21  |  December   2007
At a glance
Bull, at the heart of IP network innovation

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Bull, along with Thales and a dozen other major enterprises and research centers, has presented the completed European ENERGy project to representatives from ITEA 2 (the European support program for advanced software research projects), as well as the French Ministry of Finance and INRIA (the French national IT and automation research institute).

The level of innovation demonstrated in the finished prototypes has attracted keen interest, and ITEA warmly congratulated the consortium for the results it had obtained. The aim of the project was to implement innovative solutions for automating IP network management. Bull and its subsidiary Evidian worked on an intelligent monitoring approach to service quality, and more precisely a system for activating observation points dynamically and automatically with network events.

The ENERGy project: added value for telecoms operators
As part of the ENERGy project – financed by the European Union to promote innovation, to encourage collaboration between European partners, and direct research towards emerging market sectors – Bull joined forces with the German University of Ilmenau and IFAK (the German institute for automation and communication) to develop an optimized network management platform. The solution is mainly targeting operators, since it opens up horizons for new applications in VPN MPLS network management and intelligent SQM (Service Quality Management). MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) is a network technique aimed at optimizing the routing of IP networks.
The solution guarantees a high quality of service thanks to redundant communication networks, all of which utilize MPLS. It features dynamic systems administration, guaranteeing the overall quality of the connection. The network equipment monitors and actions are all monitored by the same management application via Web services.
The solution provides interconnections for industrial networks via redundant public networks. An innovative technology has been defined to optimize data collection on network performance levels dynamically. This technology enables a significant reduction in the bandwidth needed to monitor operations, and this leaves more resources available for user connections as a result.

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ITEA 2 (Information Technology for European Advancement)
One of the flagship set of projects under the EUREKA program, ITEA 2 promotes and coordinates advanced strategic software R&D projects by bringing together various partners from industry, universities and the world of research. ITEA currently runs 85 projects of which 59 have been completed, and 26 are on-going. 641 partners from 26 different countries have been involved in developing innovative products and contributing to the competitiveness of different enterprises: promoting the start-ups of the future.
Bull is an active partner in nearly twenty ITEA projects, among them Athos, AURORA, ENERGy, Europa, Hyades, LASCOT, OSMOSE, ParMA, PEPiTA, S4ALL, SATURN, SEMEASY, SERKET, SODA, TASSC, TESI and UseNet

Bull and its partners from the SYSTEM@TIC PARIS-REGION global competitiveness cluster announce the launch of the POPS (PetaOperations Per Second) project

POPS

The aim of the POPS project is to develop a new generation of high-power Petaflop-capacity applications, and to validate the associated computing servers
Democratizing access to intensive computing to accelerate innovation and make it an engine for growth

Bull and its partners from the SYSTEM@TIC PARIS-REGION global competitiveness cluster are today announcing the launch of the POPS R&D collaborative project, aimed at validating future servers and accelerating development work on high-power Petaflop-capacity applications.

A major mission
Their mission is of crucial importance: there is a need to support research in France and in Europe into developing new applications for tomorrow’s world, which will fully capitalize on the massive supercomputers likely to emerge from around 2010. These applications will need to be capable of exploiting the parallel power provided by tens of thousands of processors integrated into these supercomputers.

These applications will apply in almost all areas of the economy: Web semantics, very large-scale databases to support life sciences, tariff grid optimization, decision support in the automotive industry, support for designing new medications... from industry to fundamental research, from aeronautics to finance and bio-sciences, from digital simulation to optimization...

Focusing the Systems Design and Development Tools within the SYSTEM@TIC PARIS-REGION cluster, the POPS project has been launched officially in Bull’s Paris offices on December 5, by Dominique Vernay, Chairman of the cluster; Gérard Poirier from Dassault Aviation and Pierre Leca from CEA, respectively Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Systems Design and Development Tools Special Interest Group, and Claude Camozzi from Bull, the POPS project coordinator.

The French Ministry of Finance, the Regional Council of Yvelines and that of Essonne have cofunded the POPS project.

Democratizing access to computing power: a major challenge when it comes to accelerating research and innovation, and preparing for tomorrow’s power, today
The POPS project will enable companies and research centers to start preparing now for tomorrow’s parallel applications, so they can benefit from the power that future supercomputers will offer as soon as they become available. The POPS project therefore offers enterprises – particularly small to medium-sized businesses – and the research partners involved in the project, the opportunity to look several years ahead. This will, of course, be a crucial factor affecting the competitiveness and independence of France and of Europe more widely, in the face of the vast research and industrial capability wielded today by North America, and in the near future by Asia.

Intensive computing: a valuable tool for sustainable development
In the current context – where sustainable development is becoming a major challenge for the world economy and the planet – intensive computing is emerging as one of the most promising tools. With its capacity to simulate and optimize the most complex phenomena, it will accelerate research, development and time-to-market for new products and services, and under optimum environmental conditions. It will, for example, enable the development of energy-efficient means of transport, that consume and pollute less, and speed up research into new forms of power generation, help in the introduction of new molecules and new components in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and agricultural research, giving us a much better understanding than we have today of the potential impact all these may have on our eco-systems. Computer simulation on a very large scale is therefore becoming an indispensable tool when it comes to ensuring that sustainability is an integral factor in industrial growth.

SYSTEM@TIC PARIS-REGION, a tight-knit group of industrial and academic partners key to innovation in the Ile-de-France region

SYSTEM@TIC PARIS-REGION

At the heart of the digital revolution, the SYSTEM@TIC PARIS-REGION competitiveness cluster brings together some 260 major scientific and industry players in the Ile-de-France, mainly working in the area of software systems, focusing their activities on end-user markets with a significant social dimension (including transport, telecoms and security). Working around these themes, the cluster has set out its mission as being to grow the economy, and increase business competitiveness and employment, leveraging innovation, training and partnership.

As a true catalyst for innovative technological projects, SYSTEM@TIC PARIS-REGION has so far supported the development of 78 collaborative R&D programs representing an investment of €465 million, €176 million of which has been contributed by the French State, the French National Research Agency (ANR) and Small Business Financing and Support Agency (OSEO), and local authorities.

The partners involved in the POPS project are: Bull, CAPS Entreprise, CEA LIST, CEA DAM, CS, Dassault-Aviation, EDF, ESI-Group, EURODECISION, IBBMC – the molecular bio-chemistry and bio-physics and cellular research institute (CNRS, university of Paris ‘SUD 11’), IBISC (University of Evry Val d'Essonne), IFP – the French petroleum institute, INT/ARTEMIS, IRISA (INRIA research unit, Rennes), ITACA (University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, CEA DAM), the department of MAS (Mathematics Applied to Systems, Ecole Centrale PARIS), MEDIT, NewPhenix, Resonate MP4

Look no further! Bull is hiring now

Bull has planned to recruit more than 1,000 engineers this year with the aim of strengthening its repository of talent, and training the managers and experts of tomorrow.
To continue to attract the young talent it needs to support growth in the Services business, Bull has launched an on-line video communication campaign, from 26 November 2007.

The video humorously presents a series of classic situations often encountered when recruiting new staff.
This video can also be viewed at the following sites: Iquesta.com, Monster.fr, it.webcible.com, Lagrandeecole.com, Clubic.com, Jeuxvideo.fr

Take a look at the video (available in French only) >>

 
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