Bull: French Atomic Energy Authority's Tera 10 Supercomputer - Developed With Bull NovaScale Servers - is Confirmed No.1 in Europe by TOP500's Latest Edition

Jun 29, 2006, 01:00 ET from BULL

    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[1]) - 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;
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 Bull secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving
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     [1] The CEA - a major player in technology research, development and
 innovation - operates in three main areas: energy, information technology
 and healthcare, defence and security, and building on its excellence in
 fundamental research.