Bull to Resell ClusterStor, Touts Major Design win at DKRZ

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Xyratex2Today Bull announced that the company has entered a worldwide reseller partner agreement allowing Bull to resell Xyratex ClusterStor solutions. Collectively, bullx supercomputers and Xyratex ClusterStor solutions provide extreme performance and outstanding energy efficiency to HPC users – a direct result of the industry – leading performance of the ClusterStor, a Lustre integrated data storage appliance, and bullx supercomputer capabilities including direct liquid cooled blades.

The worldwide agreement between Bull and Xyratex is a new milestone in our cooperation to meet the extreme requirements of valued customers such as Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ), providing HPC Big Data solutions. Extremely reliable and easy-to-manage these solutions are based on our award winning bullx supercomputers” said Pascal Barbolosi, Vice President Extreme Computing, Bull.

This reseller arrangement builds upon the established joint Bull/Xyratex technical relationship and several customer engagements. Those include a recent contract award with DKRZ for Bull to design and install a 3-petaflops bullx B720 supercomputer with 45 petabytes (45PB) of ClusterStor CS9000 parallel storage capable of 1TB/s performance. DKRZ is the national computing center for climate research, located in Hamburg, Germany, which provides HPC and high capacity data management for climate science.

The new joint Bull/Xyratex solution, named HLRE-3, will provide up to 20x application performance but will only consume the same electrical power as its HLRE-II predecessor.

Climate simulation generates massive amounts of digital data that needs to be processed quickly and efficiently”, said Professor Thomas Ludwig, Director of DKRZ and research team leader. “The ClusterStor solution provided the best performance density and, therefore, was the most efficient high-performance storage offering for our environment.”

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