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July 2006

An extremely proud moment

D Lamouche

The twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers has just been published, and TERA-10, which Bull delivered to CEA (French Atomic Energy Authority) in December 2005, has taken the lead among Europe’s supercomputers, and claimed the N°5 slot overall!

Bull is on the winners’ podium alongside the world’s giants, as the number three IT maker. Given the enormous complexity of this type of system1, this is a real achievement, which we have accomplished in just three years whereas the two makers ahead of us in the list have been present in the HPC (High Performance Computing) market for decades. It is an extremely proud moment that I especially wanted to share with you. For the first time in the history of the world-famous TOP500 ranking, Europe occupies one of the leading positions with a system that was entirely designed in Europe, by the only European IT maker, Bull. Europe dreamed about it, and we made it happen!
The announcement came on 28 June at ISC, the International Supercomputer Conference that was staged in Dresden last week.
So Bull has been catapulted into the big league of HPC, with a technological potential recognized worldwide. This enormous success confirms that our strategic choice to focus on open platforms based on industry standards was right. It clearly demonstrates that Bull is once again a force to be reckoned with on the international computing scene.
And it is absolutely undeniable proof that Bull has the talents to win.

Didier Lamouche
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

1TERA-10 is made up of 602 NovaScale nodes, representing 4,532 Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 ‘Montecito’ processors, managing 30 Tera bytes of core memory and one Peta byte of disk space. The performance of 42.9 Teraflops of power was measured on 4,000 processors



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