Every day, in over 50 countries worldwide, hundreds of organizations depend on Bull's products, solutions and services to support their critical business activities and processes. Bull's customers are extremely diverse, but they broadly share the same requirements: the need for high-performance, mission-critical systems that help them innovate and grow faster than their competitors. As 'Architect of an Open World', Bull has a unique ability to capture the world’s intelligence and make it work for its customers, providing made-to-measure solutions to ever-more complex problems.
Bull Signs Strategic HPC Agreement with University of Liverpool
Bull has signed a strategic alliance deal, valued at around £800,000, with the University of Liverpool. Under the terms of the deal, which incorporates a five year partnership and support agreement, Bull will implement an integrated 40 Teraflop HPC system for the University based around its own ‘bullx’ blade hardware and bullx supercomputer software suite.
The Dresden University of Technology orders a Bull petaflops-scale supercomputer
Once the two phases of its installation are completed in 2013/14, the new supercomputer, which represents an investment of about 15 million Euros, will benefit the whole research community in Saxony. The Excellence University and the European high tech company also signed a cooperation agreement for the development of software solutions for the measurement and optimization of energy efficiency in high performance computing systems.
AFD reaches all four corners of the world with Bull
The French Overseas Development Agency, the AFD, has selected to deploye a new, centralized, and more homegeneous IT infrastructure and messaging system in more than 50 countries across four continents.
UNIVERSITY OF COVENTRY: Hybrid storage for the University of Coventry
Working alongside systems provider and partner, EMC, Bull has beaten off strong competition to win a major new contract to deliver a hybrid managed storage solution to Coventry University. Bull will be responsible for consultancy, design, implementation and on-going management of the system. The new approach will offer greater flexibility and a significant increase in capacity over the University’s existing solution, which is no longer scalable enough to support its strategic targets or need to meet stringent operational compliance and governance requirements.
The University of Münster acquires a 27-teraflops supercomputer from Bull
For the Wilhelms University of Westphalia, based in Münster (Germany), the supersystem marks the “entry into a new era of scientific computing”. When the system reaches its final stage, it will be a hundred times faster than the University’s previous high performance system.
In its first phase, installed by Bull in 2009, the University’s supercomputer includes 36 nodes. In its final stage, this high-powered system will be composed of 230 bullx compute blades and a bullx SMP (Symmetric Multi Processing) system. The cluster will then deliver a performance of exactly 27.5 teraflops.
Bull won the order for this Extreme Computing system after a European-wide tendering process and careful scrutiny by the University of Münster of the proposals issued by several renowned manufacturers. What made the difference – besides the energy efficiency of the supercomputer – was its high degree of flexibility, which allows it to meet the varied requirements of the different fields of application.
RWTH Aachen University orders Bull supercomputer
The North Rhine-Westphalia Technical University (RWTH or Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule) in Aachen - one of the nine German 'Universities of Excellence' with about 33 000 students - has chosen a bullx supercomputer. The new system, featuring over 28,000 processing cores, will deliver some 300 Teraflops of power and three Petabytes of disk storage, and will give the University a significant advantage when it comes to running computer simulations that reflect reality as closely as possible. In addition, the University's Center for Computing and Communication and Bull have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at optimizing applications that may be useful to industry in heterogeneous cluster environments and in the area of 'Green IT'.
BSC-CNS triples its calculation capacity
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) now has a new cluster with graphical accelerators which will be used to consolidate its research in programming models, tool development and application porting. This new Bull system, based on bullx nodes, each equipped with Intel processors and NVIDIA GPUs, would be ranked 90 in the world in the June 2011 Top500 list with its peak performance of 186 Teraflops. This cluster doubles MareNostrum's calculation capacity, consumes seven times less power and occupies 13 times less space. The combination of this new machine and the current MareNostrum system means that the public consortium has tripled the supercomputing resources provided to the Spanish scientific community.
Faultless delivery for Montpellier education office
The Rectorat (education office) in Montpellier is responsible for qualifying the accounting and financial management system used by secondary schools and colleges, on behalf of the French Ministry of Education. The organization has turned to Bull for help to rapidly merge into a single, industrialized organization.
A Digital Workspace for all in Languedoc-Roussillon
Bull is helping the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon to implement a new ‘Digital Workspace’ covering the entire school curriculum for all secondary school pupils. This is a unique project, which has been set in train by the regional council in partnership with five other local councils and the local education authority. Students will benefit from the same workspace right through from their first year in secondary education to the last year of their school studies, while teachers will find their jobs easier to do. Centralization will improve the overall performance and scalability of the solution, thanks to a more ‘industrial’ approach. With its local teams and leading edge Open Source expertise, Bull has been chosen to develop and integrate this complex project. The solution is based around the ESUP Open Source portal used by major US and French Universities, including those in the city of Montpellier.
A new bullx supercomputer at the University of Cologne
The Regional Computing Center based at the University of Cologne has acquired a bullx supercomputer dedicated mainly to chemistry, physics and bioscience applications. It has the processing power needed to run numerous new simulations, and also enables many existing simulations to be refined.
This bullx system, based on bullx blades, will ultimately provide 100 Teraflops of computing power. In the first phase of this project, the bullx supercomputer consists of 215 computing nodes, equipped with Intel® Xeon® 5500 'Nehalem EP' quad-core processors, and linked via an ultra-fast InfiniBand QDR network.
In 2010, Bull will install 602 additional computing nodes. For extremely memory-hungry shared memory applications, four high-end bullx supernodes – each with 128 cores –will also be added.
University of La Réunion orders a Bull supercomputer
The autonomous University of La Réunion, founded in 1982, has chosen Bull to supply a new computing cluster, to support the University’s research activities. The University nurtures research projects, both at a local level – looking at issues of sustainable development and the local economy, healthcare and bioinformatics, and tropical agriculture – and with an international remit. The Laboratory of Physics and Mathematical Engineering for Energy and the Environment (known as PIMENT) will be using the bullx™ supercomputer in particular to carry out computer simulations of fluid mechanics, designed to improve our understanding of thermo-convection phenomena relating to the natural ventilation of buildings in hot climates. Thanks to this work, consulting firms will have access to tools that let them adapt their proposals to suit tropical climates perfectly, with technical solutions that optimize both energy use and thermal comfort.
Making the impossible possible: Cardiff’s High Performance Computer
Can we work out how the stars formed? How the earth’s crust moves? How to improve treatment for cancer patients? How to date an ancient burial site to within a decade? Cardiff University’s High Performance Computer does all of this – and more.
Supplied by Bull, the computer is one of the most advanced in the UK academic sector, giving a whole new dimension to Cardiff University research. It is among the most powerful computers in British universities, enabling new research projects which previously were either impossible or would have taken too long to run.
A mobull container for the University of Perpignan Via Domitia
The University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD) has purchased a new modular data center for its campus in the South of France.
The mobull modular data center - chosen by UPVD and supplied by ServiWare, a Bull Group company - will protect and store its computing data. It consists of a computing center in 'ISO45 container format'.
University of Reims joins forces with Bull & Microsoft to make HPC more accessible to SMEs
The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Bull and Microsoft have signed a partnership agreement to provide open access to the University’s new bullx® supercomputer to the widest possible range of users, both from higher education and industry.
The new partnership will enable a new hybrid operating environment to be implemented across the entire bullx supercomputer recently acquired by the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. The supercomputer, which has been installed at the University’s Champagne-Ardenne Computing Center, delivers some 6 Teraflops of power. Known as 'Clovis', it has significantly increased the capacity of the Computing Center, and is destined to meet the intensive computing needs of researchers and businesses in the Champagne-Ardenne region.
A Bull cluster for Irish researchers
The National University of Ireland in Galway (NUIG) is one of Ireland’s foremost Universities. With over 15,000 students, it has a long established reputation of teaching and research excellence in each of its five Colleges – College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies; College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences; College of Business, Public Policy, & Law; College of Engineering & Informatics and the College of Science.
NUIG decided in favour of a Bull solution for its new HPC system. To run its wide range of applications from different disciplines, with heterogeneous requirements, and runtimes of several hours to a few days, NUIG needed a system with "fat" nodes. They were also interested in developing their expertise in GPU computing.
Brazilian federal universities choose Bull supercomputers to host HPC applications
The Brazilian government has acquired two supercomputers for the federal universities, to form part of the National System of High-Performance Processing (Sinapad), encompassing eight supercomputers across Brazil.
Bull's supercomputers - delivering some 6.1 teraflops of power - were deployed at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) and Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFCE) towards the end of 2007.
The main areas of scientific research involved are:
· Simulations of petroleum reservoirs
· Computational chemistry projects
· Oceanographic research
· Water resources and simulations of the impact of rain on rivers
· Visualization projects
· Studies on semi-arid climates
· Biology and genome projects.
Institute of Cosmos Sciences chooses Bull to create Spain's most powerful Datacenter for cosmology
The Institute of Cosmos Sciences at the University of Barcelona has purchased a Bull supercomputer that will provide it with maximum computing power dedicated to the study of cosmology.
The new cluster will enable this center for physical cosmology – led by Professor Licia Verde and Professor Raúl Jiménez – to carry out simulations of the Universe and analyze the cosmology mapping data that it produces.
According to Prof. Raúl Jiménez: “The new simulations of the Universe and the data that we will be able to produce using the new Bull supercomputer will enable us to respond to fundamental questions about the origin and evolution of the Universe, and the nature of the dark matter and energy which is speeding up its expansion.”