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Ethernet Innovations Take Aim at HPC

Nov 15, 2011 |

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.

QLogic Makes Case for Leaner, HPC-Centric InfiniBand

Jul 26, 2011 |

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.

Intel Takes Aim at Switch Chip Business with Fulcrum Deal

Jul 20, 2011 |

Intel has signed a definitive agreement to acquire switch silicon maker Fulcrum Microsystems. The deal adds Ethernet switch chips to Intel’s growing portfolio of networking products. The agreement, whose terms remain under wraps, was announced on Tuesday.

New Architecture Tackles High Speed Network Challenges

Jan 31, 2011 |

Researchers at University of California, Riverside have come up with a new architecture to efficiently address the challenges of high-speed networks. In a paper to be presented at the IEEE International Symposium High-Performance, the researchers outline a novel on-chip network engine, known as NEngine.

Seven Days of Speed

Oct 18, 2010 |

For a week in November, New Orleans will be home to one of the most advanced networks in the world. SCinet forms the data backbone of the annual SC conference: it takes months to build and connects to the world’s most advanced data networks, but it is only active for seven days each year before it is torn down and planning starts for next year.

Short Takes

New Hope for Dark Fiber

Jul 25, 2011 |

Researchers at Internet2 and ESNet are making use of idle network infrastructure to develop strategies for next-generation Internet use.

Student Fashions Technique to Capture InfiniBand Processes

Jun 28, 2011 |

Northeastern University junior finds way to increase supercomputer efficiency.

CERN Generates Worldwide Data Stream

Jan 19, 2011 |

CERN’s Worldwide LHC Computing Grid is the superhighway for particle physics data.

Have Honey, Will Compute: Bees Wax Numeric

Oct 25, 2010 |

When it comes to solving certain complex math problems, bees are, well, the bee’s knees.

Web-based Tool Battles Dishonest Campaigning

Sep 28, 2010 |

Truthy.indiana.edu exposes dirty politics on the Web.

Off the Wire

Ciena Joins NSF’s GENI Project

Mar 31, 2015 |

HANOVER, Md., March 31 – Ciena has joined the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project that supports “at scale” research in networking, distributed systems, cloud services, security, and novel applications. By joining this global virtual distributed laboratory for advanced networking, Ciena will enhance its established SDN testbed to further collaboration with key research and education partners, including Read more…

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…