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A Bull supercomputer for the new Czech national Center of Excellence in the field of Information technologies

Posted on 15 March 2013 by Pierre Picard

Bull to deliver the first system for the IT4Innovations Supercomputing Center in Ostrava

The VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava and Bull signed a contract for the supply of a bullx™ supercomputer, which represents the first step in the creation of the Ostrava-based national supercomputing center. The system, code-named “small cluster”, will be delivered at the end of March 2013 and will be available for production starting in May. With this system, Czech science and industry will have at their disposal a machine with a theoretical peak performance of 82.54 Teraflops by this spring. It will help advance development in areas such as nanotechnology, engineering and the transportation industry.

“I’m really pleased that the years of hard work and preparations will finally translate into tangible results. The dream of having the Czech Republic´s most powerful supercomputer in Ostrava is coming true. Over time, we want the significance and the benefits to the scientific community to spread beyond our country’s borders,” said rector of the VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava (VŠB-TUO) Ivo Vondrák, evaluating the success to date and outlining the future plans.

Michal Martínek, CEO of Bull, with Ivo Vondrák, rector of of the VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava

We are happy that one of Central Europe’s most powerful supercomputers is to be supplied by our company,” said Michal Martínek, CEO of Bull Czech Republic. Bull has succeeded in a tender for supplying the supercomputer, which was announced by VŠB-TUO and took more than a year to complete. “Bull won us over with a top-quality technical solution that will be implemented at a very competitive price,” commented Branislav Jansík, Director of the Supercomputing center. Besides price, the main criterion in selecting the new system was the quality of the solution such as energy efficiency.

The solution proposed by Bull includes not only an 82 Teraflops bullx system, but also a leased mobull container, a temporary mobile data center to host the supercomputer while the IT4I Supercomputing Centre is built. The bullx system features 180 bullx B510 compute nodes equipped with the latest Intel® Xeon® processors, as well as a total of 27 bullx B515 hybrid blades equipped either with Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors or with NVIDIA® Tesla® K20 GPUs.

IT4Innovations is the national supercomputing center hosted by the VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava. The VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava team plans to spend an amount of €20 million on supercomputer technologies within the next 5 years as part of the IT4Innovations Centre of Excellence project. The so-called “small cluster” is the first phase of the project in 2013. The main computer system, code-named “big cluster”, with a performance of 1 Petaflops, will be operational in 2014. IT4Innovations is part of the PRACE association, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. The main objective of PRACE is to create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level. Members of PRACE contribute to this infrastructure by providing access to their world-class supercomputers. French supercomputer CURIE operated near Paris and the new Dutch national supercomputer recently announced by SARA are examples of PRACE member systems, both supplied by Bull.


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