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N°30  |  October   2008

The markets slow down, Bull accelerates.
Towards HPC leadership in Europe.

D Lamouche

We have just had the pleasure of bringing together many of our major international customers in Monaco, and getting positive feedback from them about Bull’s renewal. The seminar – with its theme of ‘Managing complexity without costing the earth – clearly demonstrated Bull’s dynamism and ability to master the key technologies for high-performance, open and secure information systems. As ‘Architect of an Open World’, the value proposition of Bull is to liberate information systems to get the maximum value for the enterprise. This is our manifesto, our signature, our territory… A strategy we are delivering with increasing speed.

I am delighted to announce to you that Bull has just concluded another major win in the world of High-Performance Computing (HPC) in Germany: the Jülich Research Center has chosen Bull as prime contractor for its JuRoPA project (Jülich Research on Petaflop Architectures), which aims to accelerate the development of computer simulation in Europe. As the leading computing center in Germany and one of the largest in the world, Jülich has chosen Bull to build its new supercomputer, which will deliver some 200 Teraflops of power (or 200,000 billion operations a second), 20 times more powerful than its current machine. We are extremely proud at Bull to have been selected by such a prestigious Center; another recognition of our expertise as the architect of complex, high-performance solutions in one of the most dynamic markets.

And we are moving up a gear in this area with the acquisition of the German company science + computing, which has very significant expertise in HPC solutions integration, particularly for the automotive and aeronautical industries. Following on from our acquisition of Serviware – the leading French integrator of HPC solutions – in October 2007, this new investment is one of the most important that Bull has made since 2005. It marks our determination to succeed in this highly strategic market, and will enable us to establish a significant position in Germany, the largest market in Europe. Together, Bull and science + computing constitute a unique powerhouse, which positions us as a player to be reckoned with in the European HPC landscape.

In the weeks to come, we will be announcing further initiatives in other strategic areas that should confirm to you just how Bull has the skills needed to lead your most innovative and most complex projects, in the same way that we are doing for the Jülich Research Center, Australia Post, the French Navy, the State of New Jersey and the Catalan government, all of which you can read about in more detail in this month’s Bull Direct.

Didier Lamouche
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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