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September 2006
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The University of Manchester selects Bull to provide new supercomputer

The University of Manchester, one of the leading centres for High Performance Computing (HPC) in the UK has chosen Bull through a competitive procurement to provide a new supercomputer to help researchers undertake more advanced simulations.

The supercomputer will be the first in the UK to use Intel's new Dual-Core Itanium® 2 processor (previously codenamed Montecito) and the first implementation in the world of Bull's new NovaScale® 3045 Symmetrical Multi-Processor server technology. With a total of 208 Montecito processor cores the Bull NovaScale supercomputer will have a peak performance of 1.33 Teraflops.

Due in July, the new system will be available to all staff and research students at the University and will boost processing power by 35 compared to the previous generation, enabling more advanced research to be undertaken in areas such as Computational Chemistry, Engineering, Biomechanics and Climate modelling.

With our 2015 Agenda to become one of the world’s leading research-led universities we need to ensure that our researchers have access to the appropriate HPC capability. Bull tendered the best overall solution including performance, cost effectiveness support and maintenance. The University of Manchester is keen to continue its tradition of leading the way in the early deployment of promising new technologies and thus is delighted to be the first in the UK to deploy a Montecito based HPC system. This new supercomputer will help us to continue competing on an international stage with the best universities in the world.” said Terry Hewitt, Director of Research Computing at the University of Manchester.

The new supercomputer is fully integrated by Bull and incorporates a Quadrics QsNetII low-latency interconnect network, a Lustre parallel file system and a complete HPC software environment including software development tools and cluster management tools.


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