Dell announced today that it intends to buy San Jose-based Force10 Networks, in part due to their Open Cloud Networking framework. The move represents a clear cloud datacenter-driven buy from Round Rock and signals what they hope will be more incentive for customers to see the value in integrated datacenter solutions.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the TeraGrid effort to support the Japanese research community; NNSA’s ‘Supercomputing Week’ coverage; Mellanox’s new double-duty switch silicon; Platform’s latest Symphony; and the Oracle Sun Server-based Sandia Red Sky/Red Mesa supercomputer upgrades.
Researchers at University of California, Riverside have come up with a new architecture to efficiently address the challenges of high-speed networks. In a paper to be presented at the IEEE International Symposium High-Performance, the researchers outline a novel on-chip network engine, known as NEngine.
Voltaire shareholders got an early Christmas present this week. Mellanox Technologies has entered a definite agreement to acquire Voltaire Ltd. for a cash value of $8.75 per share, equivalent to approximately $218 million. The deal would represent the first major consolidation of InfiniBand vendors.
Lost in the hoopla about the ascendency of China and GPGPUs in the TOP500 is the continuing saga of the InfiniBand-Ethernet interconnect rivalry.
A new research effort is underway at UCSB’s Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC). A research team with notable industry partners is working to bring the goal of energy-efficient 1 Terabit Ethernet to life in the next five years.
BLADE Network Technologies unveils a single-chip 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch capable of one terabit of throughput to the datacenter; and UC Riverside physicists make breakthroughs using graphene as a spin computing substrate. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.
Microsoft announces lastest release of Windows HPC Server; Intersect360 Research and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences release survey on digital manufacturing in the US; and an IBM study shows that 10 Gigabit Ethernet outperforms InfiniBand and Gigabit Ethernet.
Amazon’s newly announced HPC offering in the form of Cluster Compute Instances has made big waves in the HPC and cloud space alike this week but as the surprise wears off, some are asking critical questions about the 10GbE decision and the performance in practice.
The axis of datacenter networks is shifting and for companies like Arista Networks and other high performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch vendors, this is opportunity knocking. The North-South network traffic pattern of client-server computing that dominated the industry for so long is giving way to high performance East-West networks where server-to-server communication is paramount.