With electricity accounting for over a quarter of the cost of a data center’s costs, 60% of it for cooling alone, Bull has made energy a focus for its R&D teams.
Bull is tackling this key environmental and economic challenge at several levels. Having already built Europe’s two most energy efficient supercomputers – for the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and TGCC near Paris – Bull has equipped the latest machines in its bullx™ family with a revolutionary, ambient water-based cooling system to boost their energy performance by 40%. Having been involved from the start in developing the EU’s data center Code of Conduct and as a specialist in transforming IT infrastructures for green computing, Bull has also seen its Trélazé data center recognized by the European Commission for its energy performance. Finally, in an ingenious way to reuse the energy given out by IT systems, Bull is using it to heat its offices at Les Clayes-sous-Bois and a nearby shopping center should follow shortly.