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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…

Crash and Boom: Inside the 10GbE Adapter Market

Nov 12, 2013 |

It may be hard to believe, but we’re coming up on ten years with 10GbE as an adapter option for servers and workstations. In  2003 the first 10GbE network adapters based on a new breed of chips hit the market—and by 2006, the list had eventually grown to include nearly twenty (AdvancedIO, Broadcom, Chelsio, Intel, Read more…

Ethernet Alliance Chair Outlines HPC Roadmap

Oct 14, 2013 |

This week we can expect news from the Ethernet Alliance as it outlines its roadmap during the “Future of Ethernet” Technology Exploration Forum, which gets underway Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to featuring a talk from the inventor of Ethernet, Bob Metcalfe, members will strike a new path toward 400 gigabit Ethernet (the working group Read more…

HPC Wales Creates Distributed Supercomputing Network

Aug 29, 2013 |

Businesses, schools, and other organizations in Wales now have access to HPC resources as a result of a new distributed supercomputing network unveiled by HPC Wales. The group says the network is the first of its kind in the UK, and will not only be a boon to Welsh researchers but will help with education too.

CERN, Google Drive Future of Global Science Initiatives

May 21, 2013 |

Large-scale, worldwide scientific initiatives rely on some cloud-based system to both coordinate efforts and manage computational efforts at peak times that cannot be contained within the combined in-house HPC resources. Last week at Google I/O, Brookhaven National Lab’s Sergey Panitkin discussed the role of the Google Compute Engine in providing computational support to ATLAS, a detector of high-energy particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Short Takes

Tiny Laser Transmits Data at Record Speeds

Nov 8, 2013 |

In the age of big data and cloud computing, fast and accurate data transfer is more important than ever. University of Illinois scientists address the network bottleneck. Scientists at the University of Illinois have figured out a way to transmit error-free data over fiber optic networks at 40 gigabits per second, a US record according Read more…

The Show Goes On…

Oct 10, 2013 |

SC13, the annual Supercomputing Conference, is set to take place next month, November 17-22, in Denver, Colorado. Because the annual event draws much of its attendee base from government agencies and national labs, the show’s organizers want to assure attendees that it will go on as planned regardless of how the government shutdown proceeds. SC13 Read more…

XSEDE Launches Campus Bridging Initiative

Sep 26, 2013 |

XSEDE is announcing a new program – the campus bridging initiative – that aims to unify its diverse resources, making it easier for researchers to go back and forth between local clusters and national supercomputing resources.

XSEDE Network Hops 10x with Internet2 Thrusters

Sep 5, 2013 |

The supercomputing network that provides a big data pipeline between some of the most notable supercomputing centers in the U.S. is in the process of a throughput boost thanks to an Internet2 upgrade…

Securing the National Power Grid

Sep 4, 2013 |

Before we connect the dots on national smart power grid strategy, we need to be able to ensure its safety from malevolent cyber attacks. A new NSF-funded endeavor aims to do just that…

Off the Wire

NEC Develops Silicon Integrated Optical Switch Technology

Mar 25, 2015 |

TOKYO, Japan, March 25 — NEC Corporation has developed groundbreaking silicon integrated optical switch technology whose port count can be extended flexibly according to network size. This has been achieved by reducing optical insertion loss in compact, low-power optical switch modules that utilize silicon photonics-based optical integration technologies. In this latest advancement, NEC has developed a spot Read more…

Mellanox Announces Commercial Deployments of LinkX Cables in 100Gb/s Networks

Mar 23, 2015 |

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 23 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced commercial deployments of its new 100Gb/s LinkX active optical cables (AOCs) and direct attach copper cables (DACs) for data center and high performance computing applications. The new LinkX cables use the Read more…

IBTA Announces New Release of InfiniBand Architecture Specification

Mar 10, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 10 — The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA), a global organization dedicated to maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand Architecture, today announced the public availability of Release 1.3 of Volume 1 of the InfiniBand Architecture Specification. The new release defines new capabilities that will enable computer systems to keep up with the requirements for increased Read more…

Mellanox and RANOVUS Propose Wavelength Division Multiplexing Specifications to OCP

Mar 9, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 9 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, and RANOVUS, today announced that the OpenOptics MSA is contributing the developed wavelength specifications to the Open Compute Project (OCP). The new specification enables data to be streamed at terabits per second over a single Read more…

IU’s GlobalNOC Awarded $4.8M Grant From the NSF

Mar 5, 2015 |

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., March 5 — The Indiana University Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) today announced the award of a major new five-year, $4.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The new funding will enable continued planning, operation, engineering support and management of TransPAC, the high-speed network that connects researchers in the US Read more…