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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.

PaperlinX relies on Bull to standardize and centralize its complete IT infrastructure

By outsourcing its IT to Bull, PaperlinX wanted to reduce costs, raise its service levels and focus on its core activities. Within the contract, Bull is responsible for the datacenter operations of PaperlinX, as well as the desktop management and helpdesk activities for 4500 users. The virtualized servers are to be housed in Bull's newly opened datacenter in Barnsley, UK. The entire infrastructure is backed up to a second datacenter in the Netherlands.

Bull wins over L’Occitane

To support its international expansion, cosmetics company L’Occitane has turned to Bull to host and operate its business-critical systems. In addition to that, L’Occitane was looking to replace its existing ERP package with SAP. So it was essential to the long-term lifetime of the new system that its future operator had all the necessary skills.

Schmidt + Clemens virtualizes its workstations with bullion

A worldwide leader in centrifugal casting, Schmidt + Clemens is virtualizing its workstations to ease the hosting of centralized applications. PCs are virtualized through VMware View on two bullion servers, then they are integrated as thin clients. The company is thus able to rationalize its processes.

Mauser is migrating its databases to the Bull Escala servers

The Mauser group was able to record positive ROI from the very first year, as it migrated its HP-UX databases to a Bull Escala™ server equipped with a quad-core Power 7 processor.

Bull to Deliver State-of-the-Art HPC Capability for New MTC Innovation Centre

Bull has been awarded an important contract by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) to deliver and implement state-of-the-art high performance computing (HPC) equipment and provide associated consultancy and support.
The MTC is a non-profit distributing research and technology organisation focused on transferring knowledge to industrial companies and their supply chains in order to help drive the UK’s manufacturing competitiveness.
MTC has acquired a HPC facility designed to help develop a comprehensive capability in manufacturing simulation. To support this new focus, MTC needed a partner and provider capable of providing direct access to the component (hardware and software) HPC technology and possessing associated skills in deploying and developing it.

Dassault Aviation uses bullx to boost computer simulation

For cutting-edge aeronautical companies, the age of wooden mock-ups and innumerable prototypes is long gone. Nowadays, designing an aircraft is an extremely hi-tech process, and computer simulation is at the very heart of the process.
As a major player in both civil and military aeronautics, and a first-rate enterprise in terms of its computerization, Dassault Aviation has a very sophisticated Data Center for its intensive computing. The constant search for greater and greater levels of precision in the simulation of physical properties – these days, several million points are mapped when modeling the structure of an aircraft – requires ever more processing power.
Dassault Aviation is constantly upgrading its HPC environment to meet these demands. Most recently, it has been further strengthened with the addition of two bullx clusters.

Cenaero has acquired a Bull supercomputer of about 3300 cores

A specialist in modelling methodologies and software for complex industrial problems in various areas of applied mechanics, Cenaero required a new HPC platform to match their rapidly increasing computing needs.
Cenaero awarded a public supply contract to ServiWare, a Bull Group company, for the installation of a supercomputer of about 3300 cores supplying a computing power of close to 40 TFLOPS. This supercomputer is housed in a mobile data centre based on the mobull solution developed by Bull, namely a 14 meter-long container able to host eventually 15 IT racks.

Bull and AVL together help to reduce the effects of vehicle emissions

AVL, the Austrian automotive software vendor and expert partner to the automotive industry, has chosen a Bull cluster to create a wide range of simulation tools to optimize engine combustion and reduce emissions.
AVL is the world's largest privately-owned and independent company for the development of powertrain systems with internal combustion engines as well as instrumentation and test systems. The pressure on the automotive industry to increase both the efficiency and the mileage of their vehicles while reducing the environmental impact of vehicles, especially in the area of emissions, has led AVL to strengthen its business partnership with Bull in the area of advanced simulations.

Asco opts for a bullx supercomputer from Bull

Asco – the Belgium-based company that has specialized for almost 60 years in manufacturing spare parts and materials for the aeronautical industry – has chosen a bullx supercomputer to run its simulations. For Bull, this represents its third HPC customer in the Belgian aerospace industry, along with Sonaca and Cenaero.
Serviware – Bull’s subsidiary specializing in High-Performance Computing (HPC) solutions – is responsible for the installation and maintenance of the bullx system.

CCRT acquires a new bullx supercomputer to support industrial innovation

AIRAIN, a 200 Teraflops massively parallel supercomputer, was officially unveiled on October 9, 2012 at the Research and Technology Computing Centre CCRT) hosted by CEA near Paris, France. This supercomputer is available to all industry partners members of CCRT, a unique organisation created specifically to support partnerships between research and industry in high performance digital simulation.

Wirth Research set to race into the future with Bull High Performance Computing

Innovative engineering consultancy group, Wirth Research has signed a partnership agreement with Bull, which will help streamline its engineering design and development capabilities.

Under the terms of this long term contract, Bull will deliver high performance computing (HPC) solutions; Panasas ActiveStor™ storage and services to Wirth Research. Bull will also provide consultancy, enabling Wirth to optimise its use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) within the Bull HPC environment and streamline the design process.
Wirth pioneers the use of advanced virtual engineering technologies, developed in-house, and, as part of a partnership with Honda Performance Development Inc (HPD), uses CFD for the design, development and manufacture of its multi championship winning ARX sports cars.

High-Performance Computing takes off at SONACA with Bull

Belgian aerospace manufacturer SONACA is to use bullx® supercomputers from Bull for its sizing calculations on aeronautical and space structures. More than ever, this makes Bull the strategic IT partner for this hi-tech company, based at Gosselies in the town of Charleroi.

Bull supports CNIM for over a decade as its information system evolves

CNIM (the Mediterranean Naval and Industrial Construction company) is a major French group operating on an international scale, whose business is to design and deliver turnkey industrial installations with significant technological content. In order to grow its business, the group depends on its strong core values, such as creativity, commitment and responsiveness. CNIM’s information system reflects those values. Thanks to its agility, it has been able to fit in with the group’s acquisitions policy, especially over the past decade. Because it is flexible, it has constantly adapted to keep pace with the group’s projects, some of them valued at several billion euros. And its responsiveness meets the needs of an international engineering firm that manages over 60 Terabytes of technical data.Bull has contributed to the evolution of this information system by cultivating a strong partnership with CNIM and making a long-term commitment to work alongside this multi-faceted group.

Dassault Aviation: a world first in secured industrial design

The Falcon 7X business jet from Dassault Aviation was designed using a virtual platform secured by Bull. Around 1,000 engineers from 20 partners in six countries from Western Europe and North America worked together remotely on the detailed design of the aircraft. Dassault Aviation aeronautical designer and manufacturer had total and permanent visibility of the data: availability and sharing of data enabled the Falcon 7X to be developed on schedule and with a record level of quality and productivity improvement. “This platform was only possible with an infrastructure based on trust” said Jean-Paul Weber, Chief Security Officer at Dassault Aviation. “The Bull offering demonstrated its effectiveness during intensive intrusion tests.” The system is based on a dual security level – powerful user authentication and VPN network security – a solution that guarantees optimum security of the architecture.


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