DRESDEN, Germany, June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
- Tera 10 is ranked number one in Europe and number five in the world
in the 27th TOP500 listing of the world's supercomputers, published at the
International Supercomputer Conference (ISC2006) in Dresden, Germany
- Installed in 2005, the supercomputer is made up of 544 NovaScale
computing nodes and 58 I/O management and system administration nodes,
representing over 4,500 Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 'Montecito'
- The new ranking underlines Europe's return to the fore in the
high-performance computing (HPC) technologies that are so strategic in
terms of national sovereignty and competitive advantage in business
The 27th edition of the TOP500, listing the world's 500 most powerful
supercomputers confirms Tera 10 - the supercomputer developed by Bull and
installed at the French Atomic Energy Authority (CEA) - as the number
one in Europe and number five in the world. The latest version of the list
was unveiled in front of the world's greatest supercomputing experts,
meeting in Dresden, Germany for ISC2006.
Tera 10 is used for the Simulation Program run by the CEA's Military
Applications Directorate (CEA/DAM). The program is designed to ensure the
continuing effectiveness of the French nuclear deterrent following the
cessation of nuclear testing.
"Tera 10's position, as the number one supercomputer in Europe and
fifth in the world, confirms Bull's strategy to concentrate on
industry-standard, open technologies," added Michel Lepert, Bull's General
Manager of Products and Systems activities. "This clearly illustrates
Bull's expertise in complex, large-scale IT architectures."
Designed by Bull, Tera 10 comprises a cluster of 544 NovaScale
computing nodes, each featuring eight new-generation Dual-Core Intel(R)
Itanium(R) processors, code-named 'Montecito'. The NovaScale servers are
interconnected via an ultra high-performance Quadrics QsNet II network, the
world leader in supercomputing networks. Overall, Tera 10 provides the
processing capacity of 4,532 dual-core processors and 30TB of core memory.
The performance of 42.9 Teraflops of power was measured on 4,000
processors, which demonstrates Tera 10's infrastructure outstanding
Over and above the computing power, the implementation of Tera 10
requires enormous storage capacity for the data produced by the Simulation
Program. So the Tera 10 configuration also features 56 NovaScale I/O
servers managing a PB (one million, billion bytes) of disk space, with
100GB of bandwidth. It also includes two NovaScale system administration
Tera 10 runs Bull's HPC software platform which most notably features
the Linux(R) operating system and Lustre parallel global file system. The
platform is built around a number of Open Source software components that
have been fully integrated and optimized by Bull at its HPC Competence
Center at Echirolles in France.
The complete TOP500 report is available at www.top500.org
About Bull, Architect of an Open World
As one of the leading European IT companies, Bull delivers open,
flexible and secure information systems. The group helps public and private
sector customers transform their information systems, applying its know-how
and expertise in three main areas:
- Capitalizing on its extensive mainframe experience, Bull designs and
produces robust, innovative and open servers, based on industry-standard
- Building on its alliances with leading ISVs and long-standing
involvement with Open Source, Bull develops and implements flexible and
interoperable application infrastructures which give business processes the
freedom to evolve;
- Bringing together recognized expertise in end-to-end IT security,
Bull secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving
customers' business integrity.
Bull has a particularly strong presence in the public, healthcare,
finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and defense sectors. Its
distribution network and business partners cover more than 60 countries
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