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Bull and ESI Group announce partnership to deliver industry solutions

PAM-CRASH, the leading automotive virtual prototyping solution, has been designed and optimized to take advantage of Bull NovaScale's server and cluster architecture

EuroPAM 2006 Toulouse, Paris, France, October  10, 2006 -

Bull and ESI Group (ESIN FR0004110310) announce a partnership to support ESI Group's industry solutions for crash simulation on Bull NovaScale servers and Bull NovaScale clusters. The second step of this agreement will consist in the deployment of all of ESI Group solutions on Bull NovaScale servers and clusters.

Benefiting from the close cooperation between ESI and Bull technical experts, full scale tests of car to car crashes (a 2 Million element model of a Neon car) have been modelled and simulated on a NovaScale cluster of 128 Intel® Itanium®2 processors; they show impressive levels of performance and scalability with a reported 89% efficiency on 64 processors and more than 78% efficiency on the full 128, thus enabling critically important overnight restitution times for the highly detailed models that are today required in the automotive industry.

Bull and ESI Group R&D teams also cooperate through projects such as FAME2, one of the key projects for the System@tic competitive cluster (pôle de compétitivité) to further enhance the scalability levels of ESI Group's industry solutions on NovaScale systems, and allow the industrial usage of even more detailed models. Ultimately, this work will allow automobile manufacturers to add more concrete security enhancements in the design of new car models without impacting their time-to-market and financial requirements.

Bull's HPC solutions are built using the two Bull NovaScale server families: NovaScale Intensive, based on Intel® Itanium® 2 dual-core processors, and NovaScale Universal, based on Intel® Xeon® dual-core processors. NovaScale servers combine outstanding processing power with the cost optimization that comes from using industry standard components. They also benefit from Bull's longstanding expertise in large corporate IT systems. From entry-level to high-end models, NovaScale servers can go up to 32 sockets. They are designed to be integrated into the largest and most complex IT infrastructures.

Vincent Chaillou, President and Chief Operating Officer, Product Operations ESI Group declared "ESI Group welcomes Bull as a new hardware partner, the availability of PAM-CRASH on Bull NovaScale servers will offer our customers an attractive choice to run their crash simulations. We are particularly pleased to work with a European hardware company to support our local users for system integration with their excellent performance and large experience."

Jean-Francois Lavignon, Director of Bull's HPC Business Unit stated: "Bull is extremely pleased that ESI Group has certified PAM-CRASH on our NovaScale platform making it a key addition to the growing portfolio of MCAE applications that take advantage of our servers and clusters capabilities. With this partnership, our customers will be able to take advantage of ESI industry solutions on the whole range of Bull NovaScale platforms with a choice between the Intel® Itanium® 2 and Xeon® double core processors".

About ESI Group

ESI Group

ESI Group is a world-leading supplier, and a pioneer of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry oriented applications to realistically simulate a product's behavior during testing, to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance, and evaluate the environment's impact on product performance. ESI Group's products, which have a proven track record in manufacturing and have been combined in multi-trade value chains, represent a unique collaborative and open virtual engineering solution known as the Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS), enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner. This integrated protocol allows all the company's solutions to work with each other and with applications developed by independent software vendors. By significantly reducing costs and development lead times and enabling product/process synergies, VTOS solutions offer major competitive advantage by progressively eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company generated sales of ¿62.2m in 2005, employs over 500 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in Eurolist compartment C of Euronext Paris. For further information, visit www.esi-group.com.

Virtual Try-Out Space® and VTOS® are registered trademarks of ESI Group. All other products, names or companies are the brands or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of €10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.

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