extreme factory

HPC-as-a-Service from Bull: innovation at your fingertips

Computer simulation has become an essential tool for innovation. But a lack of resources or expertise means many companies and organizations do not have access to an HPC infrastructure. extreme factory is a set of Cloud services combined with HPC expertise that helps these organizations implement their computer simulation applications. Born out of Bull’s unique experience in HPC, extreme factory gives businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, access to made-to-measure supercomputing resources.

Flexibility, performance, security, service >

Keeping the cost of innovation under control >


Four HPC-as-a-Service packages for a made-to-measure solution
extreme factory on demand (XFoD)extreme factory private (XF private)
XFoD pay-per-use >>XF private on premises >>
XFoD reserved >>XF private hosted >>


extreme factory on demand pay-per-use

All the simplicity of pay-per-use

extreme factory on demand gives you access to pooled computing resources, hosted and operated by Bull, and billed in real time as you use them. Users connect to their customized work environments on the Internet via a secure portal, where they can launch their simulations on demand. The processing cores are shared between different customers, so task scheduling is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. This simple, cost-effective and flexible option is ideal for impromptu needs or where there is no great urgency, such as POCs... As part of a hybrid Cloud, it can also provide additional computing power if necessary.

extreme factory on demand reserved 

Guaranteed resources at optimum cost

Project imperatives often mean it’s hard to accommodate the uncertainties that come from using shared resources. But given that periods of intense demand (bursts) can usually be anticipated, Bull offers extreme factory on demand in reserved mode. This service allows users to pre-book a processing time-slot. No more risks associated with having to wait: resources are guaranteed and freely available during this time. The reserved time-slot is paid for, regardless of the use you make of it. This formula means you get all the benefits of pooling and the flexibility of the public Cloud, while enjoying guaranteed resources. Use on its own or in addition to a private Cloud in a hybrid configuration, it is particularly suitable for one-off, CPU-hungry projects.

extreme factoy private on premises

Your infrastructure, Bull’s expertise

Do you want to keep your computing and visualization resources within your business, while letting your users benefit from the flexibility and power of the Cloud? With extreme factory private on premises, the Cloud infrastructure stay within your walls and under your operational responsibility. Bull experts are responsible upstream for its definition and implementation: deploying new infrastructures and optimizing existing ones, consolidating and upgrading resources, harmonizing processes, structuring internal offering... Located on your premises, the extreme factory computing studio portal becomes the sole gateway to your private HPC Cloud, facilitating how the computing or visualization environment is used by the business and how it is managed by your system administrators. Your HPC resources are totally integrated, streamlined and secure, to take full advantage from the elasticity of the Cloud.

extreme factory private hosted 

Innovate with total peace of mind

Bull offers extreme factory private hosted, where your HPC Cloud infrastructure is designed, implemented, hosted and operated by Bull experts in a secure Data Center. The connection is via secure Internet gateway (at a custom bandwidth) or VPN supported by your operator or Bull. This approach allows for full customization to provide you with the computing environment that best suits your patterns of usage and your applications, while retaining the flexibility of the public Cloud. You get defined service levels and maximum performance without the need for your teams to get involved, so they can focus on other tasks. This model is particularly well suited to companies and organizations that need long-term access to computing resources: extreme factory private hosted lets you concentrate all your energy on your innovations.

Extreme factory frees up your capacity for innovation

A single point of access >>

Security: essential at every level >>

A convenient and secure visualization tool >>

Application expertise and service: getting more from support >>


HPC software licensing in the cloud

This White Paper introduces the different ways licensing technologies can be used in the Cloud for SaaS offers with commercial HPC license-protected software. Many of these technologies are already used by extreme factory.

UberCloud experiments

Discover four case studies, out of a dozen team experiments made with extreme factory resources, from computational fluid dynamics, multi-physics, combustion, and molecular dynamics. They document team results, their findings, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations.
Download the white paper