Bull has supplied BBVA with a flexible and modular solution that will enable the bank to make progress in High-Performance Computing, or HPC, and protect their investment.

BBVA needed to increase its information technology resources supporting its financial market activities.

Bull's solution consists of a bullx cluster delivering 41 Teraflops of power. BBVA has trebled its computing resources and, as a result, will reduce the time taken to run mathematical modeling scenarios by up to three times, enabling it to manage financial risks better and giving it a competitive advantage when it comes to getting the best price for complex financial products, the company said.

BASF announced a partnership with Carlisle SynTec to jointly market a high-performance roof utilizing Carlisle’s Sure-White EPDM FleeceBACK single-ply membrane with BASF’s polyurethane insulating technology.

This unique roofing system provides durability, sustainability and energy efficiency, while delivering superior performance for wind uplift resistance and waterproofing. A 10, 15, 20, or 30-year warranty is also available. The roofing components work together to create a seamless blanket of insulation that seal out air and water, while eliminating thermal bridging.

“This system combines Spray Polyurethane Foam, one of the best insulators in the commercial roofing market, with FleeceBACK EPDM and FAST Adhesive – considered one of the ultimate fully adhered commercial roofing systems available today,” said Ron Goodman, Carlisle’s FleeceBACK product manager. “The composite system is extremely robust, offering industry-leading puncture, hail and wind uplift resistance.”

“As the market leader in spray polyurethane foam insulation, we are looking forward to working with Carlisle SynTec to offer building solutions that advance roofing systems,” said Michael Sievers, business manager, Spray Systems, BASF. “The combined roofing system will deliver a new sustainable advantage for the builder and facility manager as well as dramatically change the performance measures in roofing systems.”

Bay Microsystems will be showcasing its new IBEx family of InfiniBand range extension appliances at SC10 in New Orleans, La. Bay's next-generation IBEx G40 platform extends native InfiniBand at 40 Gbps data rates to any point on the globe.

The IBEx G40 utilizes Bay Microsystems' proprietary packet and transport-processing technology along with enhanced credit buffering and end-to-end flow control to reliably extend InfiniBand over campus, metro, and wide-area networks spanning from just a few miles to thousands of miles. This allows the IBEx G40 platform to provide InfiniBand range extension over a variety of network infrastructures enabling IT managers to maintain protocol continuity beyond a single site to virtually anywhere around the globe without the need to modify existing applications or the local InfiniBand network.

The IBEx G40 provides flexible connectivity options delivering line rate 4X/8X InfiniBand QDR (up to 40 Gbps) performance over standard optical transport and packet-switched networks. This allows the IBEx G40 to seamlessly transport native InfiniBand over most wide-area network technologies including 40G Ethernet, IPv4/IPv6, SONET/SDH OC-768, ITU-T G.709 OTU3, and dark fiber. In addition to InfiniBand, the IBEx also supports encapsulation of a single 10G Ethernet link over the same wide area network connection allowing management and other network traffic to transparently pass without the need for additional wide area network services between sites.

The IBEx G40 is designed to work with a broad range of applications allowing InfiniBand compute and storage resources to be shared between datacenters. This includes:

  • Global file systems and storage architectures.
  • High-performance computing and visualization.
  • Low-latency trading and market data feeds with disaster recovery.
  • Multi-site clustered databases and data warehousing.
  • Distributed healthcare applications.

"Bay pioneered InfiniBand long range extension solutions with the introduction of our ABEx 2020 4X InfiniBand SDR platform in 2006. Since that time, our solutions have been deployed around the globe reliably transmitting terabytes of traffic a day," said Charles Gershman, president and CEO at Bay Microsystems. "The IBEx G40 builds on Bay's global extension legacy by enabling 4X/8X QDR (40Gbps) InfiniBand applications and services to be extended between datacenters."

The company welcomes all SC10 visitors to join us at the InfiniBand Trade Association's Booth #1161, November 15-18, 2010, at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center to see the IBEx G40 product and to learn more about Bay's global InfiniBand extension solutions.

Barco has announced two technology breakthroughs at the I/ITSEC exhibition of 2010. From 29 November to 2 December, visitors can see Barco's new, dedicated 10 megapixel projector, and get a full insight into the system it pilots: a rear-projected, high-contrast 360° training dome.

Building on the expertise gained with liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) display technology, Barco took the next step up in projection to remain at the forefront of simulation technology in terms of projecting the most realistic imagery available. This resulted in the SIM 10 projector, which offers a 10 megapixel (4096x2400) resolution, making it the only projector of its kind currently in the market for flight training.

“Like its established cousin, the SIM 7, the SIM 10 carries all necessary features for system setups in a training environment,” comments Peter De Meerleer, Director Products & Solutions Management at Barco, “These naturally include color and brightness equalization and geometry correction for curved screens, but also offer smearing reduction for fast-moving images. In addition, the SIM 10's extended 10 million to 1 contrast and increased infrared option make it the platform of choice for night simulation and stimulated NVG training.”

The SIM 10 projector is the imaging heart of another Barco innovation, the 360° rear-projected dome. Designed from the ground up by Barco, including all mechanical components and screens, the dome offers a contrast of 25:1 and an average resolution that is always better than 4 arcmin/OLP. It is a customizable design, and fits into rooms as low as 14 feet high.

“We've known for a long time that rear projection would allow us to create a full 360° environment for pilots,” says Mr. De Meerleer, “But until now, the resolution of projectors was a limiting factor for the realism. A system with too many projectors would become needlessly complex. With the SIM 10, however, the rear-projection dome suddenly became a reality – much easier to control, and much easier to guarantee a long uptime.”

Barco will demonstrate parts of the structure at I/ITSEC, though it showed a beta version of the dome to a select number of partners at demo facilities. “Understandably, we can't say who said it because of confidentiality issues, but even to the beta version, the responses were overwhelmingly positive,” continues Mr. De Meerleer. “One partner remarked that this system would make pilots 'sweat and curse' just as badly as in an actual cockpit. This makes us really confident that our dome is going to rock the simulation world.”

Barco is providing nine SIM 7 based simulator systems to the US Air Force to train operators in aerial refueling techniques for the KC-135 Aircrew Training System (ATS) using the Air Mobility Command's Boom Operator Weapons Systems Trainers (BOWST).

Visualization pioneer Barco announced today that it will be contributing visualization and simulation systems for one of the United States military's most important tanker programs, providing nine display systems through a contract extending until 2014. Barco is partnering with CymSTAR, the project's prime contractor and a leading military engineering solutions company, to provide the units. 

The BOWST will be used to train operators to direct a telescoping metal boom from a tanker aircraft into a receiving airplane to refuel it in mid-air, in order to extend the receiver's range. The trainer consists of a spherical screen, five projectors, image generators, computer-generated aircraft and terrain models, a highly-detailed boom operator station, an instructor's station, and custom software. The trainer reproduces visual, aural and tactile effects to accurately model both the tanker and receiver airplanes in a total synthetic refueling environment. 

Barco's SIM 7QP provides an ultra-high QXGA (1536x2048) resolution to display computer-generated imagery representing the various flight conditions, surrounding environment, and the critical operation of the boom nozzle into the target receptacle. Powered by the brightest QXGA LCoS technology available, the SIM 7QP delivers precise images, with the highest pixel-fill factor available in today's market, featuring Barco's unique smear reduction technology that ensures a smooth, consistent picture without flicker or break-up. Other Barco-engineered technologies include: multi-channel edge blending, which creates one continuous image without distracting overlap zones; DynaColor and linked constant light output (CLO), which ensures the same light and color levels across the entire display; and unique warping (geometry correction), which enables accurate projection from different angles and across spherical or curved surfaces. Widely known as the best in the industry, Barco's proprietary SIMCAD design tools enable the use of sophisticated CAD techniques that distinguish the simulator solution as best in class. 

Barco participated as a subcontractor in the project at the invitation of CymSTAR, an engineering solutions provider specializing in simulation and training technology integration. “Barco's support, from the proposal process to the early integration phase, has been superb – above and beyond any experience we've had with a technology partner. Their ability to quickly adapt and respond to changing requirements throughout the process was essential to helping us win. Barco has become a trusted ally that's fully aligned with our risk-averse philosophy, making them a perfect fit for our business,” said Beau Witt, Executive Vice President of CymSTAR. 

“This project cements Barco's significant and growing role in the US Air Force's key tanker programs. It's been proven time and again, that when the military needs high-fidelity, reliable technology, they look to Barco. We're proud to join with CymSTAR in supporting this important program, where we can lend our expertise and versatility in meeting the highly stringent specs associated with mission-critical training applications,” commented Dave Janke, VP Sales & Marketing, Simulation for Barco. 

Barco has delivered in excess of 1,000 SIM 7 series projectors since they were first introduced in 2007, and is operating at peak production levels to deliver orders in accordance with standard timeframes. The company will produce nearly 50 units for the BOWST project. 

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