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Co-designing for Big Data in Barcelona

Feb 12, 2015 |

The third annual Big Data and Extreme Computing conference gathered in Barcelona last month, bringing more than 100 experts from around the world together to report on ground-breaking research at the intersection of big compute and big data. As with last year, the event played host to a wide-range of relevant and timely presentations, including Read more…

Trans-Continental InfiniBand Charts Exascale Course

Feb 3, 2015 |

Many nations are racing to cross the exascale computing finish line by roughly 2020. Yet the challenges are such that establishing useful exascale computers some 50-100 times faster than today’s leadership machines requires the coordinated efforts of a vast array of stakeholders. At Supercomputing 2014 (SC14), an industry collaboration called InfiniCortex launched with the goal Read more…

Cluster Lifecycle Management: The Final Wave

Nov 11, 2014 |

In the previous Cluster Lifecycle Management column, I described the steps your organization should take to develop an HPC cluster design that meets your application needs while providing a positive return on investment. The next step is to use your design as the basis for choosing a vendor, or vendors, that can build the system Read more…

Our Series Continues: Considering Cluster Lifecycle Management

Oct 22, 2014 |

In the first cluster management column, I discussed the importance of performing a needs assessment to ensure that an organization implementing its first HPC cluster designs a system that fulfills the requirements of its users and ultimately provides a positive ROI for the enterprise. It’s important to keep in mind there are no one-size-fits-all solutions Read more…

Arista Poised for Ethernet Expansion

Jun 9, 2014 |

In the wake of the Arista Networks IPO news on Friday, there has been a great deal of conversation about what the future of software-defined networking will be going forward, not just for its obvious role in hyperscale datacenters, but in other IT segments as well, including HPC. To be clear, other than having a Read more…

Short Takes

ESnet Deploys 100G Connectivity Across Atlantic

Oct 21, 2014 |

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Sciences Network, or ESnet, is gearing up to deploy four new high-speed transatlantic links with a total capacity of 340 gigabits-per-second, significantly boosting network speeds between US research sites and European facilities. The trans-Atlantic expansion adds four separate links connecting Boston, New York and Washington DC with Amsterdam, London Read more…

Is the City of the Future Finally Here?

Oct 21, 2014 |

Grid computing pioneer and big data visionary Charlie Catlett recently delivered a presentation on “Big Data and the Future of Cities” as part of the Argonne OutLoud series, hosted by Argonne National Laboratory. Catlett explores how emerging technologies in high-performance computing, embedded systems and data analytics can help mitigate some of the challenges associated with Read more…

Danes Take Back Fastest Data Transfer Title

Aug 6, 2014 |

The team that broke the terabit barrier in 2009 is at it again. This time the High-Speed Optical Communications (HSOC) team at the Technical University of Denmark accomplished a record-smashing 43 terabits per second (Tbps) transfer speed over a single optical fiber with just one laser transmitter. That’s equivalent to a transfer rate of around 5.4 Read more…

Near-Linear Network Optimization Technique Proposed

Jan 9, 2014 |

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a new framework for solving difficult network optimization problems. Mathematicians and computer scientists have long used the maximum flow problem, or “max flow,” to determine the most efficient path between points on a network, but as networks grow ever-more complex, solving the series Read more…

GPUs Ease Network Monitoring Chore

Dec 2, 2013 |

Accelerators, like NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, made a big splash this year at SC13 as these highly parallel number-crunchers carved out a significant presence on both the TOP500 and Green500 charts, but there’s another promising use for accelerators, according to Fermilab researcher Wenji Wu: network monitoring. Traditional network analysis tools have Read more…

Off the Wire

Obsidian Announces Plan for New Platform

Jan 28, 2015 |

Jan. 28 — Global network traffic now exceeds two exabytes per day and continued growth will be fueled in part by new models such as cloud computing and internationally distributed data-intensive science programs. To address ongoing and future data transport infrastructure challenges, Obsidian Strategics announced today plans for a new platform that will complement its existing Read more…

QLogic and Broadcom to Demonstrate End-to-End Interoperability for 25Gb and 100Gb Ethernet

Jan 27, 2015 |

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 27 — QLogic Corp., a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced the demonstration of the industry’s first end-to-end 25Gb and 100Gb Ethernet solution. Developed in collaboration with Broadcom Corporation, the platform combines Broadcom’s high-performance StrataXGS Tomahawk Switch Series and QLogic’s cLOM8514 next-generation Ethernet controller, marking the industry’s first cross-vendor interoperability of 25Gb and100Gb Read more…

QLogic Announces 10GbE Adapters for Systems Integrators and Embedded Systems Designers

Jan 26, 2015 |

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 26 — QLogic Corp., a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that it is expanding its collaboration efforts with systems integrators and embedded systems designers to develop end-user solutions based on the company’s new line of next-generation 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) adapters. Investments include a dedicated sales team focused specifically Read more…

Hart Solution Utilizing QLogic Ethernet Adapters

Jan 20, 2015 |

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 20 — QLogic Corp, a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that Hart Solution, Inc. has implemented QLogic 3400 Series Intelligent Ethernet Adapters and accelerated application performance by up to 10X. In parallel, Hart has achieved cost-effective scalability while significantly reducing deployment costs in their big data environment. Striving Read more…

Obsidian Strategics Enables New Path to Extreme Scale

Dec 17, 2014 |

EDMONTON, Alberta, Dec. 17 — At Supercomputing 2014, a team led by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) unveiled the InfiniCortex. This ground-breaking demonstration introduced a new architecture designed to meet the challenge of building the next generation of supercomputers. Through the process of this collaboration, the team set records for the longest encrypted InfiniBand link running at Read more…