“Further expansion in the Netherlands of Bull supercomputer in 2016”

Amsterdam, 9 February 2016

SURFsara will expand the capacity of the Cartesius national supercomputer in the second half of 2016. The contract with the supplier, Atos, an international leader in digital services, was signed in December. The models that researchers are working on are becoming increasingly complex and the data sets ever larger, hence they need more computing power.


The supercomputer at SURFsara - designed by Bull, the Atos brand for technological products and software - is used for scientific research by universities, research institutions and, to a limited but growing extent, by business. Cartesius is used, among other things, for climate research, water management, improving medical treatment, research into clean energy, noise reduction and product and process optimisation.


Prof. dr. ir. Anwar Osseyran, CEO of SURFsara indicated: “ When it acquired the system, SURFsara opted for an on-demand strategy. This means that we can offer cost-effective computing power tailored to the needs of Dutch researchers, and they always have the very latest technology at their fingertips.”


Cartesius will be equipped with the new Bull sequana technology. In addition, the supercomputer will have the latest Intel processors (Broadwell) and InfiniBand Enhanced Data Rate (EDR). The speed of the computer will therefore be increased by 260 Tflops to a total of 1.8 Pflops. The advantage of this new type of node is that the system becomes future-proof and can be expanded with the latest technology in the field of processors, accelerators and interconnects.


Roel Kusters, Head of Big Data & Security in Benelux & The Nordics at Atos, is proud of the cooperation with SURFsara : “ SURFsara has a lot of confidence in our technology and in its cooperation with Atos. This project is part of our Exascale programme for 2020, under which we are developing a new generation of supercomputers. In terms of computing power, these supercomputers should break through the Exaflop Barrier with more than a quintillion operations per second and, at the same time, consume a lot less electricity."


The Cartesius national supercomputer is made possible by SURF, with the contribution of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.


About SURFsara


SURFsara supports Dutch Research Sara with ICT innovations and works closely with the academic community and industry. SURFSara offers an integrated ICT infrastructure and delivers expertise and services in the field of high performance computing, large-scale data storage, visualisation, network technology, cloud technology and e-science support. SURFsara, founded in 1971 as SARA, is a part of SURF, the ICT cooperation organisation for education and research in the Netherlands.

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. For more information: www.bull.com

About Atos


Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with pro forma annual revenue of circa EUR 12 billion and 100,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications, and Transportation. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline.


For more information, please contact:


SURFsara :
Chantal Cassee
+31 6 23 87 0050


Atos :
Jose de Vries
+31 6 30 27 26 11


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