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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Short Takes

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Off the Wire

New Mellanox Performance Benchmarks Released

Jun 25, 2015 |

BOSTON, Mass., June 25 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-end cloud and storage networking solutions, today announced it has produced a set of storage performance benchmark results working with partners and customers—that demonstrate an increase in performance for Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat Gluster Storage with network connections at speeds Read more…

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Pluribus Networks Partners With Supermicro and Red Hat

Jun 25, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 25 — Pluribus Networks, the company that advances software-defined networking (SDN) through the industry’s most programmable, open source-based operating system, Netvisor, announced today that following up on its Red Hat certification announced in May 2015, it has partnered with Red Hat, Inc. and Super Micro Computer, Inc. to demonstrate the industry’s most open Read more…

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Brocade and Sugon Partner

Jun 24, 2015 |

BEIJING, China, June 24 – Brocade today announced a new OEM partnership with Dawning Information Industry Co Ltd (“Sugon”), one of the leading high-performance computing vendors formed under the purview of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The partnership is focused on incorporating Brocade VCS Fabric technology with Sugon’s data center solutions, specifically for the Chinese market. The Read more…

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Mellanox Introduces 25/100 Gigabit Open Ethernet-Based Switch

Jun 18, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, Israel, June 18 – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the industry’s first 100 Gigabit Ethernet, Open Ethernet-based, non-blocking switch. Spectrum, the next generation of its Open Ethernet-based switch IC, overcomes current data center challenges by providing a highly Read more…

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Mellanox Announces ConnectX-4 Lx

Jun 18, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, Israel, June 18 – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions, today announced its ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25/40/50 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, delivering optimal cost-performance and scalable connectivity for Cloud, Web 2.0 and storage platforms. The first adapter designed to serve as a direct replacement for commonly deployed 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, Read more…

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