Writing this editorial is a good opportunity for me to revisit two key areas that are going to be vital if the digital society is to result in responsible prosperity: Extreme Computing and security.
As Catherine Rivière, the CEO of GENCI, reminds us in this issue, these days Extreme Computing is a major factor in scientific and economic competitiveness. The order for a new Bull supercomputer – which will be the most powerful in the European PRACE network – clearly demonstrates Bull’s technological supremacy in this strategic technical area. The new, Petaflops-scale supercomputer epitomizes the breadth of our skill-base, which is unique in Europe, and carries within it the seeds of our own aim: the consolidation of a large-scale European ecosystem built around well-qualified partners, which will support innovation, guarantee our independence and ensure the creation of high-level employment.
Another major challenge is to deal with the new risks being created by the digital society: General Jean-Louis Desvignes shares his extremely insightful analysis with us. With its combination of expertise in data acquisition and processing on a massive scale, Bull – along with Amesys, the European leader in critical and high-security systems – has established a unique and highly relevant position in Europe when it comes to building end-to-end solutions. Stéphane Salies, who heads up our new business line, gives us a first glimpse of the excellent technological and commercial synergies we are starting to achieve in this area.
Faced with the opportunities… and the risks of the digital society, Bull is firmly positioning itself as a trusted partner, and ensuring that we have all the necessary means available to help you seize the former, and effectively manage the latter.
Thank you once again for your continued confidence in Bull.
Chairman and CEO, Bull