Bull Provides Brazil With First Petascale HPC Infrastructure

Bull, the Atos brand for Atos technology products and software, provides Brazil with its first Petascale High-Performance Computing infrastructure for open use by the academic community as part of a partnership with the National Scientific Computing Laboratory (LNCC) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI).

Designed by Bull, this Petascale High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure is the biggest supercomputer in Latin America. With the capacity to carry out 1.1 million billion operations a second, the supercomputer will support scientific research, innovation and the provision of HPC services to the Brazilian government and society.

Named Santos Dumont, the supercomputer places Brazil among the world’s leading group of nations that have HPC capacities.  Areas like meteorology, molecular dynamics and computational fluid dynamics are already benefiting from having access to the equipment. Santos Dumont will make significant advances possible in research and digital simulations in sectors such as energy, oil, chemistry, physics, the environment, meteorology, astronomy, life sciences and nanotechnology.

“We are very proud to equip Brazil with a world-class, Petascale High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure and to launch a R&D Center in Petrópolis that is fully integrated with our global R&D,” said Philippe Vannier, Vice-President Executive and Chief Technology Officer at Atos. “With a presence in this country stretching back over more than 50 years, the collaborative ties that bind Bull and now Atos to Brazil in terms of leading-edge technologies are significant. Atos is proud to support Brazil as it moves into a new stage in its development.”

Pedro L. da Silva Dias, LNCC Director said, “A longtime dream of the Brazilian scientific community was to have access to mainframe computers that allow the realization of “Big Science” in a highly competitive manner. The installation of Santos Dumont, as the central node of the National System of High Performance Computing – SINAPAD turns the dream into reality.”

The supercomputer was delivered in Petrópolis on July 4th, 2015. Four special trucks were needed to transport the supercomputer and the state-of-the-art mobull containers that house it to the LNCC’s facilities. Tests of the equipment started in August this year.

About Bull

Bull is the Atos brand for its technology products and software, which are today distributed in over 50 countries worldwide. With a rich heritage of over 80 years of technological innovation, 2000 patents and a 700 strong R&D team supported by the Atos Scientific Community, it offers products and value-added software to assist clients in their digital transformation, specifically in the areas of Big Data and Cybersecurity.

Bull is the European leader in HPC and its products include bullx, the energy-efficient supercomputer; bullion, one of the most powerful x86 servers in the world developed to meet the challenges of Big Data;  Evidian, the software security solutions for identity and access management; Trustway, the hardware security module  and Hoox, the ultra-secure smartphone. Bull is part of Atos.

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About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a digital services leader with annual pro forma revenues of around € 11 billion in 2014 and 93,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting and Systems Integration, services, Managed Services and BPO, Cloud Operations, Big Data solutions, Cyber Security and transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services sector. With its great expertise in technology and profound knowledge of the industry, the Group works with clients across different market sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations create their firm of the future. The Group is the worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy and Worldline brands.

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