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Bull is the best company in consultancy services for corporate IT projects, according to IDG

Bull has just been named the company of the year in Brazil in the ‘project consultancy for corporate services’ category by IDG (International Data Group), the leading global communication group in the Information Technology sector. The award is part of IDG’s yearbook “100 Biggest in Corporate Services”, which analyzed over 200 companies to select the best ones.
According to Alberto Araujo, CEO of Bull Latin America, this success underscores the work Bull has been doing over recent years: “2005 was a year of great changes for Bull and this award shows the market the results of our major restructuring, bringing back the high professional levels of revenue and growth,” he states. “We are very pleased with this outcome and we hope it highlights Bull’s return to winning leading awards and to the top of the market”.
The IDG “100 Biggest in Corporate Services” study uses the following evaluation criteria: history evolution, sales strategy, customer profile and size of the company, revenue per employee, information available in the media and on the Web site, and information for IT consultants and analysts. The publication will include exclusive analytical reports from IDC Brazil, presenting the current corporate services scenario on ICT, mapping the leading companies in 2005 and ranking of best companies in five categories: Consultancy, Outsourcing, Implementation, Management, and Training.

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Bull NovaScale® systems run CD-adapco’s STAR-CD simulation software
CD-adapco and Bull have cooperated to offer the world renowned CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) solution STAR-CD on Bull’s most innovative Intel® Itanium® 2 based NovaScale servers and clusters.

STAR-CD software is designed for engineers and researchers working in the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and provides flow, thermal, and stress solutions in areas like automotive and aerospace aerodynamics, simulations of engine combustion, offshore/marine applications, or any other type of complex but important flow analysis. The STAR-CD solver provides one of the most effective numerical methodologies available in an industrial CFD code with the high level of accuracy needed for complex unstructured meshes. This power is delivered with the speed, efficiency and robustness demanded for practical engineering design and development cycles. Through a tight technical cooperation between Bull and CD-adapco’s expert teams, it has now been ported and optimized to fit Bull NovaScale servers and clusters and has successfully passed all certification criteria.
Dennis Nagy, Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at CD-adapco, said: “CD-adapco welcomes Bull as a new partner to support our industry-standard STAR-CD simulation solution. CFD is poised to make an even more significant strategic business impact than heretofore by allowing development engineers to do ‘up-front’ what-if studies and optimization of key components and systems. CFD is very computationally intensive but scales very well on HPC clusters. As clusters such as Bull NovaScale become more powerful and cost-effective, and as CFD methods get significantly faster (e.g., via CD-adapco's introduction of breakthrough polyhedral meshing/solving technology), the execution speed of meaningful simulations is now within the timeframe needed by product developers to gain meaningful insight into innovative ‘outside-the-box’ new product concepts that previously were too risky to even consider as their chosen new product designs.”
Bull NovaScale servers are SMP (Symmetrical Multi-Processor) systems built using modular blocks that can be easily combined in a single cabinet to provide SMP servers from 2 to 32 sockets. They can be further extended with industry standard interconnects like Quadrics or InfiniBand into powerful clusters. Bull NovaScale systems have already a very strong presence in the Research and Academic sectors with outstanding successes like Europe’s most powerful supercomputer and fifth in the world installed at CEA, and is now entering the industry and manufacturing sectors with leading Independent Software Vendors (ISV) partners like CD-adapco.
Jean-Francois Lavignon, Director of the Bull HPC Business Unit, said: “Bull is extremely pleased that CD-adapco has certified STAR-CD on our NovaScale platform making it a key addition to the growing portfolio of MCAE applications that take advantage of our servers and clusters capabilities. We already have installed customers like Pininfarina using STAR-CD on Bull NovaScale servers, and the floating point power of the Intel® Itanium®2 processor, the outstanding I/O capabilities and the scalability of the NovaScale line of servers and clusters will ideally complement STAR-CD software functionalities to offer to our industry partners a winning combination”.

Bull joins the blade.org consortium

Blade.org brings together more than 75 partners including: Brocade, Bull, Citrix, Emulex, IBM, Intel, NetApp, Nortel, Novell, Red Hat, VmWare and Qlogic. Its objective is to promote and enrich blade server-based infrastructure solutions by working together on common specifications in order to standardize the main components of blade servers.
"Bull is committed to providing industry standard-based, open and flexible solutions to its customers." said Michel Lepert, General Manager, Bull Products and Systems. "Our involvement in the blade.org organization enhances our ability to address customer needs as we leverage an enriched and expanding blade solutions portfolio to provide our customers with more choices for their blade server infrastructures."

 
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