October 2, 2008

Bull Builds Supercomputer for German HPC Center

Germany's leading high-performance computing center Forschungszentrum Julich and French IT systems company Bull have announced an agreement to build a 200 Teraflops supercomputer.

The supercomputer will combine Bull NovaScale servers and Sun blade servers based on Intel Xeon Nehalem processors, HPC cluster software from Partec, and a high-performance I/O system based on a Sun ZFS/Lustre file system. It is expected to be deployed at the beginning of 2009 when it will be integrated with Julich's datacenter network.

Thomas Lippert, director of the Julich Supercomputing Center, said: "Science and industry increasingly rely on computer simulations. To support these growing demands Julich has chosen Bull as prime contractor for the JuRoPa project which also includes Sun, ParTec, and Intel. We consider Bull to be best suited to bring together leading technologies to create a most energy and performance-effective general-purpose supercomputer."