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A Bull supercomputer for the new Czech national Center of Excellence in the field of Information technologies

Bull to deliver the first system for the IT4Innovations Supercomputing Center in Ostrava

Prague, February  27, 2013 -

The VSB-Technical University of Ostrava and Bull signed a contract for the supply of a bullx supercomputer, which represents the first step in the creation of the Ostrava-based national supercomputing center. The system, code-named "small cluster", will be delivered at the end of March 2013 and will be available for production starting in May. With this system, Czech science and industry will have at their disposal a machine with a theoretical peak performance of 82.54 TFLOPS by this spring. It will help advance development in areas such as nanotechnology, engineering and the transportation industry.

"I'm really pleased that the years of hard work and preparations will finally translate into tangible results. The dream of having the Czech Republic´s most powerful supercomputer in Ostrava is coming true. Over time, we want the significance and the benefits to the scientific community to spread beyond our country's borders," said rector of the VSB-Technical University of Ostrava (VSB-TUO) Ivo Vondrák, evaluating the success to date and outlining the future plans.

"We are happy that one of Central Europe's most powerful supercomputers is to be supplied by our company," said Michal Martínek, CEO of BULL Czech Republic. BULL has succeeded in a tender for supplying the supercomputer, which was announced by VSB-TUO and took more than a year to complete. "BULL won us over with a top-quality technical solution that will be implemented at a very competitive price," commented Branislav Jansík, Director of the Supercomputing center. Besides price, the main criterion in selecting the new system was the quality of the solution such as energy efficiency.

The solution proposed by Bull includes not only an 82 Tflops bullx system, but also a leased mobull TM container, a temporary mobile data center to host the supercomputer while the IT4I Supercomputing Centre is built.

The bullx system features 180 bullx B510 compute nodes equipped with the latest Intel® Xeon® processors, as well as a total of 27 bullx B515 hybrid blades equipped either with Intel® Xeon Phi TM coprocessors or with NVIDIA® Tesla® K20 GPUs.

IT4Innovations

IT4Innovations is the national supercomputing center hosted by the VSB-Technical University of Ostrava. The VSB-Technical University of Ostrava team plans to spend an amount of 20 Million Euros on supercomputer technologies within the next 5 years as part of the IT4Innovations Centre of Excellence project. The so-called "small cluster" is the first phase of the project in 2013. The main computer system, code-named "big cluster", with a performance of 1PFLOPS, will be operational in 2014. IT4Innovations is part of the PRACE association, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. The main objective of PRACE is to create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level. Members of PRACE contribute to this infrastructure by providing access to their world-class supercomputers. French supercomputer CURIE operated near Paris and the new Dutch national supercomputer recently announced by SURFsara are examples of PRACE member systems, both supplied by BULL.

BULL s.r.o.

BULL Ltd. is a subsidiary of Bull Group, a major French company providing systems and services in the field of information technology.

Bull Ltd is one of the top suppliers of special security solutions for Law Enforcement Agencies in the Czech Republic, and one of the major suppliers in the field of Enterprise and supercomputing ICT Infrastructure.

The Extreme Computing Division focuses on solutions and services related to the dynamically growing area of High Performance Computing. They are mainly solutions for Science and Research, where the Bull Group is a leading supplier of large scale supercomputing systems. The delivery of a powerful supercomputer to the Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute belongs to the most successful projects of this division in the Czech Republic; this includes the delivery of services and related support.

BULL Group is a leading provider of HPC solutions. Among some of the most successful projects are for example:

  • CEA (Atomic Energy Commission, France) operates several supercomputers delivered by BULL (the first of which was delivered in 2005)

  • GENCI (French National HPC Organization) has acquired from BULL a supercomputer with a performance of 2 petaflops - the system was named Curie and is a part of the PRACE initiative (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe)

  • The Helios supercomputer, dedicated to the Nuclear Fusion program, installed in Japan and delivering over 1.5 Petaflops

  • And recently: the Dresden University of Technology in Germany, the national Dutch supercomputer purchased by SURFsara, the new-generation supercomputers ordered by French weather forecasting agency Meteo France...

About IT4Innovations

IT4Innovations is the national supercomputing center hosted by the Technical University of Ostrava. IT4Innovations is part of the PRACE association, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. The main objective of PRACE is to create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level. Members of PRACE contribute to this infrastructure by providing access to their world-class supercomputers. French supercomputer CURIE operated near Paris and the new Dutch national supercomputer recently announced by SURFsara are examples of PRACE member systems, both supplied by BULL.

About BULL s.r.o.

BULL Ltd. is a subsidiary of Group Bull, a major French company providing systems and services in the field of information technology. Bull Ltd is one of the top suppliers of special security solutions for Law Enforcement Agencies in the Czech Republic, and one of the major suppliers in the field of Enterprise and supercomputing ICT Infrastructure.

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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