6 February 2008
The official signing of the SRIF-3 High Performance Computing contract with Bull took place on the 6th February 2008, in the main council chambers at Cardiff University.
Below is the official press release by Bull, together with some photos which capture the event.
Bull Press Release:
Cardiff University Chooses Bull to Provide New Supercomputer for Advanced Research Computing
Hemel Hempstead / Cardiff, 6th February 2008 - Bull Information Systems has been selected by Cardiff University to provide a High Performance Computing (HPC) solution to support a range of advanced research projects, enabling researchers to tackle problems of significant size and complexity. Cardiff University is one of the leading research centres in the UK including two Nobel Prize winners; Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS being awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2007 for ground-breaking discoveries concerning embryonic stem cell and DNA recombination in mammals and Professor Robert Huber who was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the determination of the three-dimensional structure of a photosynthetic reaction centre.
The Supercomputer will be used by the Advanced Research Computing division of Cardiff University (ARCCA) to provide a high-performance computing service to users in its academic Schools, who currently have to use smaller departmental facilities. A primary role of the newly formed ARCCA division will be to foster the adoption of advanced research computing techniques in all Schools within the University.
The system will have a peak performance in excess of 25 teraflops provided by a total of 2,048 Intel Harpertown quad cores connected via a Connect-X InfiniBand interconnect. The system will have a 40 terabyte high performance Lustre file system, and a 60 terabyte shared file system.
"The University is delighted to be working in partnership with Bull on this project that will open up a range of new research frontiers. Research projects in the fields of astrophysics, fluid dynamics, geological simulations, material science, and molecular simulations amongst many others will see major benefits", said Professor Martyn Guest, Director of Advanced Research Computing. "The new supercomputer will enable us to compete on research terms with the best universities in the world, and provide a unique opportunity to deliver on ARCCA's core mission of Research Enablement - our goal is to establish Advanced Research Computing as an invaluable tool for research across all Schools".
"With this installation Cardiff University joins the top table of major HPC centres. Bull is pleased to supply Cardiff with this technology which will enhance its research and learning capabilities for all its students while also cementing Bull's reputation as a provider of market-leading HPC equipment", said Jenny Newton, CEO of Bull UK&I.
The performance and competitiveness of the HPC solutions designed and integrated by Bull are now recognized by over 100 customers in 15 countries, across three continents and in all the main market sectors.
Bull will supply, deliver, and install the system during February and March with the aim to begin acceptance tests during April for start of service at the end of April
About Bull, Architect of an Open World™
As one of the leading European IT companies, Bull delivers open, flexible and secure information systems. The group helps public and private sector customers transform their information systems, applying its know-how and expertise in three main areas:
- Capitalizing on its extensive mainframe experience, Bull designs and produces robust, innovative and open servers, based on industry-standard technologies;
- Building on its alliances with leading ISVs and long-standing involvement with Open Source, Bull develops and implements flexible and interoperable application infrastructures which give business processes the freedom to evolve;
- Brining together recognized expertise in end-to-end security, Bull secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving customers' business integrity
Bull has a particularly strong presence in the public, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and defence sectors. Its distribution network and business partners cover more than 60 countries worldwide.
For more information please visit the Bull website.
Rachel Keil: Rachel.Keil@bull.co.uk
About Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world's top 100 universities by Times Higher Education. The University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research and its breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.
For more information visit the Cardiff University website.
Philippe Miltin (Bull - on the left) and Martyn Harrow (Director of Information Services, Cardiff University, right) sign the SRIF-3 HPC contract.
Witnessing the signing of the contract are key people involved the tender process from both Bull and Cardiff.
From Left to Right (Standing): Elizabeth Fitzgerald (Cardiff), Jenny Newton (Bull), Hugh Beedie (Cardiff), Peter Blood (Cardiff), Peter Ingram (Bull), Martyn Guest (Cardiff), Steve Moore (Cardiff), Christine Kitchen (Cardiff) and Alec McSkimming (Cardiff).
Seated at the front (L to R): Philippe Miltin (Bull) and Martyn Harrow (Cardiff)
Whilst many people were involved in procurement process, some of whom unfortunately were not able to be present on the day of the official signing, representing ARCCA were (from Left to Right):
Steve Moore (Information Services), Christine Kitchen (ARCCA), Martyn Guest (ARCCA), Hugh Beedie (Information Services and ARCCA), and Alec McSkimming (Information Services).
Likewise, on behalf of all the Bull team responsible for putting the tender bid together, representing the team from Bull are (from L to R): Philippe Miltin, Jenny Newton and Peter Ingram.
And finally......To ensure the event gets off to a good start, to celebrate reaching the milestone of awarding the contract, a small amount of champagne flowed!