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Boosting innovation for a sustainable future

Posted on 16 November 2012 by Pierre Picard

As a driver for transformation, innovation, differentiation and growth, digital systems enable us to tackle the challenges we currently face. And among all the various digital technologies available, one in particular plays a vital role in speeding up innovation and shaping the future: computer simulation and supercomputers.

In this highly strategic area, Bull is the European benchmark. If we have access to supercomputers that can model even the most complex systems, that can predict the risk of earthquakes, limit the spread of pandemics, invent new molecular configurations, design so many things before they are actually physically built… then we can go even further with innovation and approach the future ahead of the pack. As you will see in this issue of Bull Direct, four eloquent examples of this are highlighted: the French weather forecasting agency, Météo France; SARA, the Dutch national computing center; aerospace manufacturer Asco, in Belgium; and of course CURIE, which has just received a top distinction in the USA for its role in the world’s first simulation of the entire observable Universe from the Big Bang to the present day.

There are only four countries in the world that have mastered the development of these massive supercomputers, with their colossal processing power, running to millions of billions of operations a second! And Bull was the first company – over two years ago – to offer this kind of power through the Cloud, making this capacity for innovation available to SMEs as well as huge organizations. This year, thanks to Neelie Kroes, Europe has realized the size of the challenge and has started to build an entire ecosystem aimed at expanding expertise in the next-generation technologies that will be so strategic for innovation and ensuring a sustainable future. Naturally, Bull is one of the key players in this ecosystem.

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