Defense. To meet the changing needs of the armed forces, Bull offers an innovative approach to develop operational and command information systems. Based on ruggedized technologies from the civilian world, it combines openness, security, ease of use and cost control. Bull will supply the French State defense procurement agency (the DGA) with its future information and combat system, Scorpion.
Bull inaugurates its Center of Excellence for Parallel Computing: the first European center of expertise dedicated to research into enhancing High-Performance Computing (HPC).
Extreme Computing. Adapting programs to take full advantage of the power offered by the latest generations of supercomputers is a key issue when it comes to innovation and competitiveness. To help engineers and researchers do just that, Bull has set up Europe’s first center of excellence dedicated to the development of HPC applications for ultra-parallel architectures.
Hosting. The French Post Office, La Poste, has shown its continued trust in Bull for the provision of a secure, ultra high-availability hosting solution based around the Le Cloud by Bull integrated approach. The six-year deal worth at least €27 million guarantees La Poste high levels of service delivery and expert, tailored support.
Bull, the CEA, F4E and the JAEA inaugurate the Helios supercomputer in Rokkasho (Japan), dedicated to the Nuclear Fusion program
Extreme Computing. On 19 March, the Helios supercomputer – designed and implemented by Bull for the IFERC (International Fusion Energy Research Center) at Rokkasho, in Japan – was officially inaugurated. Delivering peak power of 1.5 Petaflops, this machine will provide computer modeling and simulation capacity for the research program linked to ITER, aimed at exploring new energy sources.
Eye-witness account. Philippe Lachamp, Director of the Helios project, looks back on the outstanding achievement of Bull’s teams in Rokkasho: implementing one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, starting with a blank canvas, in few months. Expertise, commitment and team spirit were at the heart of this extraordinary success story.
Designed and implemented by Bull at the TGCC data center near Paris, CURIE is one of Europe’s most powerful supercomputers, delivering 2 Petaflops. Developed for GENCI as part of the PRACE program, it will enable French and European researchers to tackle huge scientific challenges, in areas such as astrophysics, life sciences and climatology.