Designed for round-the-clock operation, Tera 100 is a true production system dedicated to delivering processing power and scientific computing capability. Tera 100 is a distillation of innovation technologies, whose main aim is to effectively combine performance and maximum efficiency.
Based around Tera 100's power and efficiency, over 4,000 bullx servers are grouped together into an ultra high-performance network to form a 'cluster' architecture. Designed by Bull on behalf of CEA-DAM, this server architecture follows the SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) model, which is perfectly suited for applications that need to run on a huge number of processors while also sharing a very large-scale main memory of up to 4TB.
The technologies developed by Bull also include water-cooled doors, which cut electricity consumption in half compared with traditional air-cooled solutions and an ultra-capacitor which is a module that cuts electricity consumption by 15%, as it does away with the need to connect to an uninterruptible power supply.
On the software front, Tera 100 is equipped with the bullx supercomputer suite, a comprehensive software suite developed in Bull's R&D labs in Grenoble. bullx supercomputer suite is designed to manage the thousands of software and hardware elements in the system, and to run even the most complex tasks requested by the system administrators and scientific researchers while delivering the highest levels of performance and service quality.
As a result, Tera 100 runs at 83.7% efficiency, making it one of the world's most efficient supercomputers and clearly illustrating the quality of its design and the work carried out by the teams from Bull and CEA-DAM.
Significantly, the technologies developed for Tera 100 by Bull with the CEA-DAM for the defense sector have been introduced immediately into Bull's bullx range. Research and industry can therefore benefit from them, like University of Aachen which acquired from Bull their new supercomputer. With a performance of 220 Teraflops (Linpack), it is ranked 32nd in the world, and is among the five most powerful supercomputers in Germany. Currently being installed, two petaflops-scale supercomputers, the CURIE - system developed for scientific research with GENCI, and the F4E system at Rokkasho (Japan) dedicated to the ITER fusion project, also rely on technologies developed for Tera 100.