<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/digital_time_tunnel_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”118″ height=”95″ />With 2011 officially in the books, it’s time to offer a few predictions about the upcoming year in HPC. In general, I expect 2012 to continue the major trends we’ve seen over the past couple of years, namely the increased adoption of GPU computing into the mainstream and more parity of HPC capability around the world, as exemplified by China. There may, however, be one or two new trends to pop up.
IEEE’s Hot Interconnects symposium that kicks off later this month should be a real treat for the HPC crowd. The event focuses exclusively on cutting-edge developments in the interconnect arena, everything from the latest commodity networking technologies to the K supercomputer’s “Tofu” custom network. We asked the technical chairs of the event to share their perspectives on the commodity-proprietary interconnect dichotomy in high performance computing and in the industry at large.
Intel has signed a definitive agreement to acquire switch silicon maker Fulcrum Microsystems. The deal adds Ethernet switch chips to Intel’s growing portfolio of networking products. The agreement, whose terms remain under wraps, was announced on Tuesday.
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.