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April 14, 2011
PARIS, April 13 -- The Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), appointed by Fusion For Energy (F4E), has selected Bull to provide, maintain and operate a supercomputer to be installed at Rokkasho, Japan, at the International Fusion Energy Research Center (IFERC). This system is intended to allow the most advanced modelling and simulation in the field of plasmas and controlled fusion equipment. It will be available to European and Japanese researchers for a period of five years from January 2012.
The computer centre is one of the components of the Broader Approach agreement, a complement to the ITER project which began in October 2007 as part of a framework of cooperation between Japan and Europe. F4E will coordinate the European contribution to the Broader Approach Activities; the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) will be the Japanese counterpart.
The supercomputer will exceed the petaflop performance and will be the third machine designed and developed by Bull reaching this level of performance. Today, supercomputers are used by many research and production centres around the world, in fields such as energy, life and health sciences, climate research, automotive, aeronautics, finance and risk analysis.
Because of its expertise in the field of high performance computing, CEA has been entrusted by F4E to run the full operation for Europe. The operational control of the computer centre will be overseen on site by a CEA director assisted by a deputy from JAEA.
JAEA contribution to the project includes the delivering and managing part of the infrastructure required to host the supercomputer as well as local support for users and programmers.
The new supercomputer is designed to be operational 24 hours per day. Its peak performance of almost 1.3 petaflops places it among the most powerful systems in the world. The computing components combine, within a "cluster" architecture, 4410 blades bullx series B including 8820 Intel Xeon processors of the "Sandy Bridge" type and 70,560 cores. The supercomputer is equipped with a memory exceeding 280 terabytes and a high bandwidth storage system of more than 5.7 petabytes, supplemented by a secondary storage system designed to support 50 petabytes. The connection network for the cluster is based on InfiniBand technology.
To supplement the computing component, 36 bullx series S systems and 38 bullx series R systems will be used for the cluster's administration; for management of the Lustre file systems and for user access.
Bull will also provide 32 bullx series R systems including high-performance graphics cards for pre-and post processing and visualization.
The supercomputer will be equipped with the bullx supercomputer suite advanced edition, the software suite developed and optimized by Bull for petaflop class systems based on the Linux operating system and including many Open Source components.
Bull will be responsible for the design and realization of the electrical and liquid cooling infrastructures within the computer rooms. It will also be responsible for installation, maintenance and operation of the supercomputer and its peripheral equipment for five years.
For all these services, Bull will be assisted by its local partner SGI Japan Ltd. The installation of the supercomputer in Rokkasho will start in June this year.
Bull is an Information Technology company, dedicated to helping Corporations and Public Sector organizations optimize the architecture, operations and the financial return of their Information Systems and their mission-critical related businesses.
Bull focuses on open and secure systems, and as such is the only European-based company offering expertise in all the key elements of the IT value chain.
For more information, visit www.bull.com.
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