Advanced Network Design Considerations for Supercomputers and Grids
Time 12/07/06 08:45AM-10:00AM
Networking & supercomputing are continuing to converge as are key elements in the realm of shared cyberinfrastructure and grids. This session will explore the networking designs and solutions for supercomputing, from the wide area network (WAN) grid infrastucture to the processor interconnect. Interestingly, while 10 GbE is common in the wide area, host interfaces and network interface cards (NICs) are only just beginning embrace technology to allow 10 GbE to reach into the cluster computing core, with full 10 GbE low latency throughput. Our speakers will delve into the architectures of some of the world's most powerful supercomputers, including Big Red at Indiana University, which is the fastest US university supercomputer and networked to the Teragrid; and Georgia Tech's newest top IBM cluster, which uses Gigabit Ethernet as the preferred interconnect technology. The discussion will also include a look into the future at design requirements and choices as supercomputers will be more often implemented as part of shared cyberinfrastructure and less as stand alone resources.
Speaker Neil Bright Georgia Institute of Technology