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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

AMAX Introduces ServMax OCS Based on Version 2 Specifications

Dec 8, 2014 |

FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 8 — AMAX, a leading provider of Cloud/IaaS, Data Center, HPC platforms and Dynamic Enterprise IT, today introduces the ServMax Open CloudServer (OCS) datacenter solution based on the latest Microsoft Open CloudServer (OCS) version 2 specifications. AMAX’s ServMax Open CloudServer (OCS) is an innovative solution for running business applications that are built to integrate Read more…

CSCS to Offer 100 Gbps Network Connection for Switzerland’s Scientific Community

Dec 3, 2014 |

Dec. 3 — The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) has become Switzerland’s first service provider for the scientific community to offer a high-performance, 100 gigabit per second network connection. Now, up to five times as much data can be transmitted in the same length of time, significantly speeding up the transfer of data between users Read more…

New Orleans Becomes Home to Fastest Internet Hub in the World

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — SCinet, the undisputed fastest computer network in the world, is now live! Beginning Sunday, November 16, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center became home to the fastest and most innovative computer network, delivering more than 1.3 trillion bits per second (terabits per second!) of network bandwidth to the Supercomputing Conference Read more…

Big Switch and Dell Enable SC14’s SCinet Monitoring of Networks

Nov 18, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 18 — Big Switch Networks, the company bringing hyperscale networking to data centers worldwide, announced it is enabling the SCinet NOC team by providing a monitoring fabric for Supercomputing ’14 (SC14) in collaboration with Dell Open Networking and Garland Technology. In addition to providing a scale-out network monitoring capability and simplified operations for the SCinet security Read more…

Extreme Networks Announces Enhancements to Software Defined Architecture

Nov 17, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 17 – Extreme Networks, Inc., a leader in high performance networking, today announced new products and Technology Solution Partner (TSP) Program members as key enhancements to its Software Defined Architecture, the industry’s first open, standards based and comprehensive data center ecosystem. Extreme Networks’ Software Defined Architecture delivers robust performance, unified management, application analytics and dynamic Read more…