Commenting on the contract with Bull Dr. Graeme Nicholson, AWE's Director Science and Technology Programme, stated: "This investment will enable us to make advances on a range of scientific fronts - including weapon physics, materials science and engineering - which will underpin our continued ability to underwrite the safety and effectiveness of the Trident warhead in the Comprehensive Test Ban era."
Ken Atkinson, AWE's HPC Strategy Manager also commented: "Each of the two bullx supercomputer systems has about the same performance as our current capability system. Use of these new systems will provide us with a high performance, high-throughput, capacity-biased production facility which will enable our demanding numerical modelling to be undertaken within acceptable elapsed times."
"As a new customer, the contract with AWE is a clear demonstration of Bull's ability to deliver extreme computing technology to match the demands of the most exacting requirements of research, engineering and scientific computing environments", stated Fabio Gallo, Vice-President and Director of Extreme Computing Solutions at Bull Group. "Bull won the AWE procurement against fierce competition, but the bullx system was a clear winner in terms of its ability to deliver against AWE's demanding performance needs within strict environmental constraints."
"Being such an ultra-dense, ultra high performance, flexible system, the bullx supercomputer will enable AWE to run a wide range of applications - including real-time applications which scale up to thousands of processors - whilst reducing energy and power consumption and improving operational effectiveness", added Fabio Gallo.
The first of the two supercomputers has already been successfully installed at the AWE site, following a staging process at Bull's manufacturing and development plant in Angers, France. The second system has also been installed and will be brought into service during late spring 2010.
As an award-winning HPC technology system, bullx was designed from the ground-up specifically for the High-Performance Computing market. Developed by Bull's team of specialists working in close collaboration with major customers, the bullx supercomputers are able to respond to even the most extreme demands for computing power, while at the same time guaranteeing maximum energy efficiency. The hybrid architecture, the components included and technologies developed, mean that bullx systems are among the most advanced on the market in their ability to meet environmental constraints and reduce the cost of energy consumption. Also access to innovation will become simpler and faster for all kinds of businesses, engineering and scientific establishments and research laboratories.