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A moment of great pride – Bull Angers welcomes Catherine Rivière, CEO of GENCI and eminent researchers

Posted on 01 June 2012 by Pierre Picard

Philippe Vannier, Chairman and CEO of Bull and Vincent Sarracanie, Industrial and Logistics Director of Bull’s factory at Angers, France, recently played host to Catherine Rivière, CEO of GENCI (the French National High-Performance Computing Organization) – along with Michel Caffarel, Director of Research at CNRS, and Dimitri Komatitsch, Professor of Geophysics, CNRS & INRIA – in the presence of medias and all the Bull employees who work at the site.

An enthusiastic meeting for everyone involved, during which Catherine Rivière – whose CURIE supercomputer at GENCI has been manufactured in Angers and is up and running since January – highlighted the importance to the research community of having Bull as a European partner capable of delivering Petascale supercomputers: “With a balanced architecture that is unique in Europe, combining high processing power with very high performance computing capabilities, CURIE will give French and European researchers the tools they need to tackle the biggest scientific challenges in areas such as climatology, life sciences and astrophysics.”

The research work being carried out using CURIE, which was, covers numerous different disciplines, including simulating the chemical interactions involved in Alzheimer’s Disease, as outlined by Michel Caffarel and predicting earthquake , as presented by Dimitri Komatitsch. In addition, CURIE is being used to analyze the effect that the dark matter created during the Big Bang is continuing to have even now. It is supporting the work of the CEA[1] in nuclear fusion, climate modeling, and much more.

Watch the videos of the visit on Bull World, the Web TV service from Bull

[1] CEA: the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission


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