Forschungszentrum Julich Chooses 200TF Bull

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The Forschungszentrum Julich, one of Germany’s leading HPC centers and the prime instigator of the JUROPA project, has announced an order placed with Bull for a 200TF supercomputer. The system is scheduled to be deployed at the beginning of 2009.  JUROPA, or the Julich Research on Petaflops Architectures, was originally setup by the Forschungszentrum Julich in order to investigate emerging cluster technologies and improve current cost efficiency for peta-scale computing.

Bull logoScience and industry increasingly rely and profit from simulations on computers of the highest performance class,” explained Prof. Thomas Lippert, director of the Julich Supercomputing Centre. “To support these growing demands Julich has chosen Bull as prime contractor for the JuRoPa project which also includes Sun, ParTec and Intel. We consider Bull to be best suited to bring together the leading technologies in a partnership to create a most energy and performance effective general-purpose supercomputer for the wide range of simulation problems tackled in Julich.”

The new machine will consist of Bull NovaScale servers, Sun blade servers, Intel Nehalem silicon and managed by Partec cluster software.  Bull/Sun/Partec will also deploy a Sun ZFS/Lustre file system.  The machine is estimated to increase the current computing capacity at Julich by a factor of fifty.

Bull is very proud to be selected by Forschungszentrum Julich, which is one of the largest research centres worldwide dedicated to high performance computer simulation,” says Philippe Miltin, Vice President Bull Products and Systems.”It is also a major step in the involvement of Bull in computer simulation, and an acknowledgement of Bull’s high-level know-how both as a technology provider and as an architect of complex and flexible solutions, in one of the most dynamic markets today.” continues Philippe Miltin.

For more info on the new machine and the JUROPA project, read the full release here.


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