Feeds

French hand Bull Itanium supercomputer survival package

4,000 chip lifeline

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Just days after the French government announced it would once again bail out server maker Bull, it awarded Bull what is sure to be a lucrative supercomputing contract .

The French Nuclear Power Agency has picked Bull to build a system capable of hitting 60 teraflops. The computer - named Tera10 - will run on Intel's upcoming dual-core version of the Itanium processor code-named Montecito. It will have more than 4,000 chips - and 8,000 processor cores - tied together, making it a true beast.

The French government plans to use the Tera10 system for nuclear simulations.

Earlier this month, Bull received a $690m bail out package from the government. The hardware maker has been struggling for quite some time and is still trying to pay back a previous bail out of comparable size.

There were no financial terms given for how much the Tera10 system will cost, but all of the chips and storage needed for the computer won't come cheap. The supercomputer will run a custom version of the Linux operating system and use Quadrics' high performance networking technology.

While Itanium has failed to make much headway in the corporate computing market, it has done well in the supercomputing realm. The processor is particularly well-suited to the types of applications run by researchers. Tera10 is one of the first large systems to be announced that will use the Montecito chip.

Bull expects to have the box fully up and running by the end of 2005. Intel, however, has said it doesn't expect Montecito to be produced in volume until 2006. ®

Related stories

French bail out Bull with $690m
How MS will end the Dell - Intel love-in
Itanium sales fall $13.4bn shy of $14bn forecast
Bull boss flees

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC
Support for PCoIP protocol means zero clients can run cloudy desktops
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.