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Top 500 Interconnect History Highlights Ethernet Trends

Nov 19, 2013 |

As we related earlier when the news of the Top 500 rankings broke this morning, this November’s SC list was a rather static one in terms of the top ten systems. While this isn’t entirely unexpected since it was not likely anyone would usurp China’s dominance and since there were no big processor movements in Read more…

LINPACK Creator Sheds Light on Emerging HPC Benchmark

Nov 18, 2013 |

Back in June during the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), we discussed the need for a potential alternative to the current LINPACK benchmark, which is the sturdy yardstick by which supercomputing might is measured, with its creator, Dr. Jack Dongarra. At that time, he described a new benchmarking effort that is taking shape with the input Read more…

SC13 Research Highlight: There Goes the Performance Neighborhood…

Nov 16, 2013 |

Message passing can take up a significant fraction of the run time for massively parallel science simulation codes. Consistently high message passing rates are required for these codes to deliver good performance. At Supercomputing 2013 (SC13), our research team from Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) will present the results of our study that show that run-to-run variability Read more…

Infiniband Snaps Up Strong Super Share

Jul 8, 2013 |

Infiniband carried a slight majority of the Top 500 share this year at ISC, a trend that Mellanox says will continue, both in HPC and beyond. We discussed IB’s reach and efficiencies with the company’s Gilad Shainer to better understand where Ethernet and Infinband are…

PSC Tests New Shared Memory Waters

Jul 1, 2013 |

The Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center recently announced a new step in its path to discover new routes to solving memory and I/O problems for data-intensive applications. While they already have a stable of systems that take new approaches to shared memory and have looked to software-based solutions as alternatives, they have now turned to Numascale to dip their toe in the hardware-based…

Short Takes

Chip-Level Optical Interconnect Market Primed for Growth

Oct 16, 2013 |

Analyst firm Communications Industry Researchers (CIR) has released a new report covering the latest developments in optical interconnection at the chip level and the progress in this area that is being made by research teams throughout the world. With the current era of multicore processors and 3D chips, computing speeds are limited by how fast Read more…

Infinera, DANTE Achieve Guinness Record

Aug 30, 2013 |

Earlier this month, Infinera and DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) set a record for fastest provisioning of long haul optical transmission capacity. In less than 20 minutes, the network specialists enabled enough capacity to support the simultaneous streaming of 1.6 million HD films in both directions.

Considerations in HPC Cluster Network Selection

Jul 17, 2013 |

There’s a lot going on in the networks of HPC clusters, and selecting the right network fabric, equipment, and topology is important to ensuring good performance for given applications. A “one size fits all” approach rarely works, and architects will do well to tailor the network to the needs of the application.

Building Supercomputers with Raspberries

May 22, 2013 |

At some point in the not-too-distant future, building powerful, miniature computing systems will be considered a hobby for high schoolers, just as robotics or even Lego-building are today. That could be made possible through recent advancements made with the Raspberry Pi computers.

Is Amazon’s ‘Fast’ Interconnect Fast Enough for MPI?

Apr 10, 2013 |

Amazon’s EC2 Cluster Compute instance goes head-to-head with Myrinet 10GigE cluster.

Off the Wire

STFC Selects Mellanox Ethernet Technology to Upgrade JASMIN Cluster

Sep 30, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Sept. 30 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has selected Mellanox’s Ethernet technology for the upgrade and expansion of its JASMIN super-data-cluster. STFC is one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organizations and hosts the JASMIN system Read more…

Mellanox InfiniBand Offerings Deployed by Yahoo! Japan

Sep 29, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Sept. 29 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that Yahoo! Japan Corp. (Yahoo! Japan) has deployed Mellanox’s end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solutions for database acceleration at several data center sites in Japan. With Mellanox, Yahoo! Japan Read more…

Mellanox CloudX Platform Now Supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Sep 29, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 29 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that its CloudX reference architecture for building efficient cloud platforms is now supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, in addition to Oracle VM. The solution helps improve compute Read more…

Broadcom Introduces StrataXGS Tomahawk Switch Series

Sep 24, 2014 |

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 24 — Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced the immediate availability of a new line of switches optimized for cloud-scale data centers. Building on its widely deployed StrataXGS  Trident and StrataDNX products, the new StrataXGS Tomahawk Switch Series is the industry’s highest performance Ethernet switch, delivering Read more…

A3CUBE Introduces Fortissimo Foundation

Sep 16, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 16 — A3CUBE Inc., a developer of revolutionary communication technology that extends the capability of standard PCIe interconnect to produce industry-leading networked computing and storage solutions, today introduced its Fortissimo Foundation building block software solution. Coupled with A3CUBE’s previously announced RONNIE Express platform, Fortissimo Foundation provides dramatic improvements in application performance Read more…