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DKRZ chooses Bull for its first Petaflops-scale supercomputer and for co-operation on climate research in Germany, as part of an initial contract worth 26 million euro

12 May 2014 Paris - The German computing centre for climate research - Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ) - and Bull have signed a contract for the delivery of a petaflops-scale supercomputer, as well as co-operation on climate research simulation. The contract worth 26 million euro covers the delivery of all the key computing and storage components of the new system.

"What does the climate have in store for our future and for the Earth?" It's a question that arouses a great deal of interest and controversy nowadays. To answer it, climate simulations are an essential tool. This involves replicating the climate system and its complex developments on a computer, with the help of digital models. The new system will be used to process the huge quantity of data (Big Data) needed to carry out effective climate simulation.

Despite its impressive technical performance, the global energy consumption of the system demonstrates exemplary energy efficiency, with a PUE as low as 1.2. The PUE value is the ratio between the global energy consumption of the Data Center and the actual energy consumption of the computer. This excellent result is a direct result of the technology developed by Bull for High-Performance Computing (HPC): the system being purchased by the Hamburg climate researchers will be cooled using warm water, a technology that requires significantly less energy than standard cooling systems, as the heat generated by processors and memory modules is extracted as close as possible to source. The system will also benefit from advances in energy consumption reductions, born out of a cooperative project between Bull and the Technical University of Dresden.

"We are very proud that DKRZ has chosen Bull. Bull is a leading international provider of HPC solutions, and supports HPC research and education in Germany for customers including the Universities of Dresden, Cologne, Aachen, Duesseldorf and Munster, and the Juelich Research Center. The contract signed today with the German computing center for climate research is a new milestone in Bull's HPC success story", stated Gerd-Lothar Leonhart, CEO of Bull for the DACH area (Germany/Austria/Switzerland).

"As part of the agreement signed today, DKRZ and Bull will co-operate to improve the scalability of climate models and the corresponding software algorithms. In climate simulation, we generate such enormous quantities of data that we not only need efficient hardware, but also highly efficient software, to get to grips with that data", commented Professor Thomas Ludwig, Director of DKRZ and research team leader.

"We must be able to rely on supercomputers that incorporate the latest technological advances to be able to improve our climate forecasts. With the new system, for example, we hope to gain new insight into the forecasting of cloud formation", explained Professor Dr. Jochem Marotzke, Director of the Max-Planck Institute of Meteorology, one of the main users of the DKRZ facilities.

The expertise in the optimization of software codes developed by Bull's Parallel Programming team in Grenoble was a key factor in DKRZ's decision.

"It is also this proven competence that finally convinced us that Bull was the right partner to have at our side", Professor Ludwig added.

If the new system were fully installed today, it would rank among the five fastest supercomputers in Germany according to the current TOP500 list. And the project breaks another record: its 45 Petabyte storage system is one of the largest in the world. DKRZ is setting new standards with the deployment of this outstanding infrastructure, specifically scaled to support its users' scientific research programmes.
Source: Bull

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Primeur weekly 2014-05-19

The Cloud

IBM named no. 1 preferred provider of IaaS Cloud by enterprises ...

IBM closes acquisition of Silverpop ...

Introducing IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack ...

South Korean Agency turns to IBM mainframe Cloud to better engage and serve South Korean citizens ...

Bright Computing announces an integrated OpenStack solution at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta ...

Desktop Grids

Mass number-crunching may help crack Alzheimer's disease code ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Annual Report 2013 now available ...

DKRZ chooses Bull for its first Petaflops-scale supercomputer and for co-operation on climate research in Germany, as part of an initial contract worth 26 million euro ...

Barcelona hosts 500 experts in advanced computing ...

The turbulent birth of stars in galactic collisions ...

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings ...

USFlash

Carnegie Mellon will test Internet architecture in vehicular network and for on-line video ...

IBM unveils software defined storage technology for era of Big Data ...

PSC and Hopkins computer model helps Benin vaccinate more kids at lower cost ...

University of Maryland launches new supercomputer to expand high-performance computing for research ...

HP reinvents data back-up with predictive, social-enabled data protection ...

IBM Research sets new record for storing massive amounts of Big Data ...

IBM reveals new companies developing Watson-powered apps ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre second stage details released ...

Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials ...

HP helps customers speed design, deployment of applications and services ...

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers ...

National Institutes of Health funding to help expand data storage capacity at UC Riverside ...

EMC inaugurates Big Data R&D centre in Brazil ...

Raritan unveils fast and intelligent rack power transfer switch at Cisco Live ...