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Microsoft and Bull put High-Performance Computing within reach

Bull adopts Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

Paris, November  9, 2006 -

Microsoft Corp and Bull SAS, one of Europe's largest information technology companies, today announced the availability of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 on Bull NovaScale® R400 clusters, built from high-performance Intel Xeon processor-based servers. The announcement was made at Fluent Forum France, hosted by Fluent Inc, the premier conference in Paris for engineers and managers involved with computer-aided engineering. The partnership unites Microsoft's high-performance computing (HPC) platform with the proven capability of Bull in HPC clusters, creating an easy-to-use, scalable infrastructure, featuring the best price-to-performance ratio.

Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 is Microsoft's first software offering designed specifically to run parallel, HPC applications for customers solving complex computations. Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 accelerates customers' time-to-insight by providing a HPC platform that is simple to deploy, operate and integrate with existing infrastructure and tools. Computer clusters running mechanical computer-aided engineering (MCAE) codes have become an integral part of design and manufacturing facilities.

Leveraging its deep expertise in designing and delivering HPC clusters such as Europe's largest supercomputer at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Bull complements its traditional offering with Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 solutions to address the needs of industrial users who need fast and easy turnkey solutions for their MCAE applications.

The NovaScale R400 are rack-optimised servers in the Bull NovaScale Universal family of servers and clusters. They take full advantage of the new Intel Xeon dual core architecture, making them ideal for high-performance, heat-sensitive, space-constrained environments, helping enterprises' IT managers to increase power efficiency and lower energy costs. With frequency up to 3.0 GHz and 1333MHz Front Side Bus, they offer uncompromised performance to power-hungry MCAE users.

"Bull is one of the leading HPC vendors in Europe due in no small part to their excellent technology and development support," said Björn Tromsdorf, HPC product and solution manager at Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa. "The combination of Microsoft and Bull allows HPC to be offered as a solution in markets where server clusters would previously have been too complex and expensive to manage and use."

"Microsoft Compute Cluster Server 2003 is an ideal platform for addressing the MCAE needs of leading manufacturers," said Jean-Francois Lavignon, director of the HPC Business Unit at Bull. "The cooperation of Microsoft and Bull with the forefront ISVs serving the MCAE sector ensures our customers that the reliability and productivity of their solutions will be unmatched."

"We are excited to see Bull and Microsoft working together to provide cluster solutions that will allow our customers to expand their simulation capability," said Ferit Boysan, vice president and general manager at ANSYS Inc. "Especially for our customers who are already using Microsoft Windows, the Bull platform combined with Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 provides a high-performance solution that leverages existing IT resources and expertise."

About Fluent Forum France

The Fluent Forum France is hosted by Fluent Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes. ANSYS is one of more than 20 ISVs in the EMEA region who have developed applications that run on top of the Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 platform. The company's FLUENT computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software is a vital part of the computer-aided engineering process for companies around the world and is deployed in nearly every manufacturing industry.


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About Bull, an Atos company


Bull is the trusted partner for enterprise data. The Group, which is firmly established in the Cloud and in Big Data, integrates and manages high-performance systems and end-to-end security solutions. Bull's offerings enable its customers to process all the data at their disposal, creating new types of demand. Bull converts data into value for organisations in a completely secure manner.

Bull currently employs around 9,200 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2013, Bull recorded revenues of €1.3 billion.

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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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