Bull gets its partners involved in the NumInnov project it has put forward as part of the French Future Investments program.
As part of the French State’s Future Investments program, Bull has submitted its NumInnovn project, which aims to establish a Cloud computing platform for intensive computing requirements.
As part of this initiative, Bull has launched the Numinnov Club – which already boasts 25 innovative SMEs as members – with the aim of developing technological cooperation in High-Performance Computing (HPC). Members of the Numinnov Club can set up technology collaborations with Bull and will be able to take advantage of leading-edge infrastructures at the Teratec campus (at Bruyères-le-Châtel in France) which Bull has maid available.
With a number of partners already lending their support to the project, the NumInnov Club is aiming to facilitate an ecosystem of organizations, including software publishers and business services providers, focused around new ways of using HPC in Cloud computing mode. The ultimate goal of the NumInnov project is to build real ‘marketplaces’ that will shape the new ways in which high-performance applications are used. In particular, the NumInnov Club is looking to establish the conditions that will enable its various members to evolve their technologies so they can become an integral part of these marketplaces, to define the related business models and to represent the members in the process associated with the Future Investments program.
Bull’s NumInnov project
The aim of NumInnov is to enable various business sectors to develop new, innovate ways of using HPC, thanks to ultra high-performance applications offered via Cloud computing, in areas such as:
- Medicine: developing remote diagnostic capabilities based on 3D reconstructions
- Media: making unlimited resources available to compose and create special effects and 3D/HD materials
- Defense and security: developing advanced real-time simulation resources
- Local authorities: creating information systems that enable new ways of interacting with citizens and other stakeholders.
“Bull is the only company in the world to install three supercomputers in 2011 which will break the Petaflops barrier (one million billion operations a second),” said Philippe Vannier, Bull’s Chairman and CEO. “Our Cloud computing project – ‘digital technology supporting innovation’ – has been created to develop a powerful ecosystem of SMEs, so that High-Performance Computing can cover new areas of activity, in total security.”
The project is one of a number of submissions currently being studied by the French government, in the ‘digital technologies’ section of its Future Investments program
 NumInnov stands for ‘le Numérique au service de l’Innovation’ or ‘digital technology supporting innovation’