Bull to Install Supercomputer at GENCI as Company Enters Reseller Agreement with Xyratex

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bullToday Bull Information Systems announced two major new international agreements that reflect the company’s momentum in the HPC market.

In the first announcement, GENCI has ordered a 2 Petaflop Bull supercomputer to be installed at the end of this summer at the National Computer Center for Higher Education in France. The new system, called OCCIGEN (pronounced oxygen), will eventually scale to over 5 petaflops to support research in scientific areas including climatology, combustion, astrophysics, medicine and biology, plasmas physics and materials science.

We are honored to have been chosen by GENCI to deliver this system, which will allow French researchers to push back the boundaries of science. It is a recognition of the expertise of Bull’s engineers in Europe in supercomputer technologies. And it is another foundation stone in the establishment of large-scale European HPC ecosystem, which is essential to support innovation, face up to global competition and ensure the creation of skilled jobs on our continent,” commented Philippe Vannier, Chairman and CEO of Bull.

In a separate announcement, Bull said it has entered into a worldwide reseller partner agreement with Xyratex/Seagate, allowing Bull to resell Xyratex’s ClusterStor solutions for Lustre storage.

This reseller arrangement builds upon the established joint Bull/ Xyratex technical relationship and several customer engagements. Those include a recent contract award with Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (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.

Across the worlds of business and research, the explosive growth in digital data volumes is driving a corresponding need for data processing and analysis,” says Andrew Carr, CEO, Bull UK & Ireland. “By partnering with key players in these markets and delivering a combination of industry and technical expertise and leading-edge high performance computing systems and solutions, we are helping these organisations to address and overcome the data challenges they face today.”

As you may recall, Atos has announced plans to acquire Bull. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.