French Minister Christine Lagarde visited the CEA, accompanied by Didier Lamouche
The recent visit is an illustration of the successful collaboration between an IT maker and a research agency, which has had a significant impact on the field of supercomputers.
At the CEA, Minister Christine Lagarde was welcomed by Bernard Bigot, Chairman of the CEA, Daniel Verwaerde, Director of Military Applications, and Pierre Bouchet, Director of the DAM Center Île-de-France, in the presence of Didier Lamouche, Bull Chairman and CEO.
Thanks to the collaboration between Bull and the CEA (the French Atomic Energy Authority), France is positioning itself as one of the world leaders in this area. As the Minister highlighted in her speech, this cooperation is helping France to protect its sovereignity in strategic sectors such as computer simulation. The CEA-DAM hosts the Tera 10 supercomputer, which Bull brought into production in 2005 (then the most powerful in Europe and number five worldwide), as well as the prototype of the Tera 100 supercomputer, which is due to go into service in 2010 and will deliver 1,000 Teraflops or 1 Petaflops of power. Once all the elements of Tera 100 are fully deployed, it will take up the same floorspace (600 m2 or 6,460 square feet) as Tera 10, while delivering 20 times as much power.
“Tera 100 is one of the five most powerful supercomputers in the world. By way of comparison, it would take all six billion people on the planet two days to carry out the number of operations it can do in just one second,” explained Didier Lamouche,