Bull and Xyratex announce reseller partner agreement and major design win at DKRZ

27 Jun 2014 Paris - Bull, an international provider of high performance computing (HPC) solutions and Xyratex, a Seagate company and a provider of data storage technology, have entered a worldwide reseller partner agreement allowing Bull to resell Xyratex ClusterStor solutions. Collectively, bullx supercomputers and Xyratex ClusterStor solutions provide extreme performance and outstanding energy efficiency to HPC users - a direct result of the industry-leading performance of the ClusterStor, a Lustre integrated data storage appliance, and bullx supercomputer capabilities including direct liquid cooled blades.

"The worldwide agreement between Bull and Xyratex is a new milestone in our co-operation to meet the extreme requirements of valued customers such as Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ), providing HPC Big Data solutions. Extremely reliable and easy-to-manage these solutions are based on our award winning bullx supercomputers", stated Pascal Barbolosi, Vice President Extreme Computing, Bull.

"The exponential growth in digital data, and the requirement to analyse that data, is driving the world's leading high performance computing and storage manufacturers to join forces and meet this rapidly growing need", stated Jamie Lerner, President Cloud Systems and Solutions, at Seagate. "Our agreement with Bull combines cutting-edge products and industry-leading expertise enabling our customers to address their data challenges with far greater efficiency than ever before."

This reseller arrangement builds upon the established joint Bull/Xyratex technical relationship and several customer engagements. Those include a recent contract award with DKRZ for Bull to design and install a 3-petaflops bullx B720 supercomputer with 45 petabytes (45PB) of ClusterStor CS9000 parallel storage capable of 1TB/s performance. DKRZ is the national computing center for climate research, located in Hamburg, Germany, which provides HPC and high capacity data management for climate science.

The new joint Bull/Xyratex solution, named HLRE-3, will provide up to 20x application performance but will only consume the same electrical power as its HLRE-II predecessor. "Climate simulation generates massive amounts of digital data that needs to be processed quickly and efficiently", stated Professor Thomas Ludwig, Director of DKRZ and research team leader. "The ClusterStor solution provided the best performance density and, therefore, was the most efficient high-performance storage offering for our environment."
Source: Bull