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<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/ESnet_logo.jpg” alt=”” width=”86″ height=”100″ />When the Department of Energy announced the Advanced Networking Initiative in 2009 to develop the first 100 gigabit-per-second production-ready science network, it also included funding for a 100 Gbps experimental testbed and a national dark-fiber testbed. The thinking was that researchers from government institutions, universities and industry could use these testbeds to experiment with disruptive network technologies without interfering with traffic on a major production network.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/HOTI_logo.bmp” alt=”” width=”140″ height=”80″ />This August, the IEEE is hosting its annual symposium on high-performance interconnects, known as Hot Interconnects. Now in its 20th year, the event focuses on the latest developments in the field with a special emphasis on how the technology is advancing in the realm of supercomputing and large-scale datacenters. The event covers both chip-to-chip interconnects as well as networking fabrics that bind whole systems and datacenters together.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/LHC_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”125″ height=”94″ />Pent-up demand for network bandwidth at both the core and edge of the datacenter is good news for suppliers of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) routers. And although Brocade was not the first vendor to market with such gear, it has quickly become one of the largest providers of 100 GbE ports, a lot of which are ending up in science and research networks. Organizations such as CERN, Indiana University and the Howard Hughes Medical Center are already employing the technology to power performance-demanding applications
John D’Ambrosia, chair of the Ethernet Alliance weighed in on the focus of the Ethernet Alliance at SC11, expanding on their interoperability goals and describing the overall role of Ethernet technologies in HPC.
It was a bit of a surprise when QLogic beat out Mellanox as the interconnect vendor on the NNSA’s Tri-Lab Linux Capacity Cluster 2 contract. Not only was Mellanox the incumbent on the original Tri-Lab contract, but it is widely considered to have the more complete solution set for InfiniBand. Nevertheless, QLogic managed to win the day, and did so with somewhat unconventional technologies.
In an effort to evaluate creative methods of participating in large scientific projects, research out of Brigham Young University done by Spencer Taylor examined the open source software HTCondor, which makes use of computing power from idle computers to perform jobs on a local network.
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
For the largest computer systems in the world, keeping IT assets safe presents a unique set of challenges.
UCSD rolls out a next-generation bypass network across its La Jolla, Calif., campus.
Technology will enable decoupling of compute and storage in server racks.
Off the Wire
COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 9 — Emulex Corporation, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced it is delivering Ethernet and Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity solutions for the new Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX, TX, BX and CX rack, tower, blade, and scale-out servers. The new PRIMERGY servers, based on the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 Read more…
Sept. 3 — Pacific Wave has announced the completion of a second 40-Gigabit per second (Gb/s) connection from the US West Coast to Australia and New Zealand. Crossing the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles through the Big Island of Hawaii and on to Australia, this ultra-high-performance network link complements an existing 40 Gb/s link from Seattle Read more…
Aug. 13 — A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of Read more…
FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 11 — Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced imminent availability of the new Arctica 4806xp open network switch based on the Broadcom StrataXGS Trident II chipset. Penguin Arctica 4806xp is the first 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet Top-of-Rack (ToR) open switch using an x86 control processor, Read more…
CIRENCESTER, England, Aug. 4 — Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions, and ProLabs, the leading independent provider of global optical network infrastructure products, jointly announced that ProLabs has been appointed to supply Mellanox’s comprehensive LinkX product portfolio of 10/40/56Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet QSFP+ and SFP+ cables and modules in the EMEA region Read more…