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Bull NovaScale Servers set a new WORLD RECORD performance for server side Java computing

Bull NovaScale® Servers have set on August 11, 2006 a new world record performance under the SPECjbb2005 Benchmark for server side Java computing, reaching 128 755 business operations per second (bops) on a NovaScale 3045 with four Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 9050 processors, running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4. The JVM (Java Virtual Machine) used for the benchmark was the BEA Jrockit® 5.0. Beating other Intel Itanium 2, Intel Xeon, AMD Opteron and Power5+ processor based servers, the Bull NovaScale 3045 server becomes the best-in-class 8-cores system.
SPECjbb2005 (Java Server Benchmark) is SPEC's benchmark to measure the performance of server side Java by emulating a three-tier client/server system. It provides a new enhanced workload, with a more object-oriented approach to reflect how real-world applications are designed and introduces new features such as XML processing and BigDecimal computations to make the benchmark a more realistic reflection of today's applications. The benchmark stresses the implementations of the JVM and also measures the performance of CPUs, caches, memory hierarchy and the scalability of shared memory processors (SMPs).


Cisco awards Bull for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction
For years, Bull has been a key network integrator in Europe, building strong partnerships with major network systems makers, including Cisco.
This excellence has been recognized by Cisco Systems who awarded Bull as a first tier partner of Cisco Systems, with the status of “Cisco Customer Satisfaction Excellence”. “Customer Satisfaction Excellence” is the highest distinction a partner can achieve within Cisco certified Partner companies. It is based upon the customer satisfaction enquiry results conducted by Cisco, identifying the partners having achieved outstanding customer satisfaction as part of Cisco’s worldwide assessment process.

ISO 9001: Quality certification rewards Bull’s expertise

Bull’s Products & Systems, Research & Development and Customer Maintenance & Services divisions in France have successfully obtained ISO 9001 (version V2000) certification once again across the range of their activities: design, development, production, distribution, sales and support.

This latest step confirms the success of the Group’s approach over the past few years. It provides the guarantee customers need that Bull is in command of all the processes related to products and services – from design through to delivery and maintenance – assuring them of Bull’s commitment to constant improvement.

 
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