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BAW in Germany to Install Additional Bull Supercomputer

bullx_3-4_avant_ouverte_130Bull Atos will provide a second High Performance Computing cluster to the German Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW). Following the installation of the first computer in 2012, the Federal Agency selected a Bull supercomputer for one of their HPC clusters dedicated to complex simulations. The new supercomputer will be operational in October and under the new contract Bull will also provide maintenance services for five years.

Our existing Bull HPC cluster has proved its worth in the last three years. Its flexibility, its availability and its compute performance, as well as the support provided by Bull, have convinced us. During the tender process for our new cluster, Atos again came up with the most compelling proposal that included a complete solution based on Bull technology, s+c software and support services at an outstanding price/performance ratio,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Heinzelmann, director of BAW.

bawBAW supports the Federal Administration responsible for managing navigable waterways and navigation (WSV) by enabling them to ensure that all its equipment and facilities are compliant with legal and safety requirements. BAW uses high-performance computers to perform complex calculations, based on two and three dimensional numerical models, so as to simulate water flows and transport processes in rivers and canals, as well as flows around engineering works.

We are delighted that BAW chose a complete high performance computing solution from Atos for their simulations at their Karlsruhe location”said Winfried Holz, CEO of Atos in Germany. ”Our close and longstanding collaboration underpins our expertise to ensure we provide research institutions with the tailor-made hardware they need.”

With a peak performance of 208 Teraflops, the new bullx B520 cluster is composed of five racks with 250 compute nodes and total 5000 processor cores. Users will have access to 600 terabytes of data storage over a Lustre parallel file system. Like the existing Bull cluster, the new supercomputer will be managed through the scVENUS HPC management tool developed by the Atos affiliate – science + computing ag – , a tool which automates software installation and distribution, job scheduling and configuration management to considerably simplify cluster administration.

According to Bull, the cluster operates at an excellent energy efficiency level. The heat generated by the water-cooled racks will be re-used to heat the BAW buildings, as is already the case with the Bull cluster installed in 2012.

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