Real Solutions to the Challenges of the Post-Petascale Era

Pushing the frontiers of science and technology will require extreme-scale computing with machines that are 500-to-1,000 times more capable than today’s supercomputers.  As researchers continuously refine their models, the demand for more parallel computation and advanced networking capabilities is paramount.

 

As a result of the ubiquitous data explosion and the ascendance of big data, today’s systems need to move enormous amounts of data and perform more sophisticated analysis; the interconnect truly becomes the critical element of enabling the use of data.

 

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How to Achieve Higher Efficiency in Software Defined Networks (SDN) Deployments

During the last couple of years, the networking industry has invested a lot of effort into developing Software Defined Network (SDN) technology, which is drastically changing data center architecture and enabling large-scale clouds without significantly escalating the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).

 

The secret of SDN is not that it enables control of data center traffic via software–it’s not like IT managers were using screwdrivers before to manage the network–but rather that it affords the ability to decouple the control path from the data path.  This represents a major shift from the traditional data center networking architecture and therefore offers agility and better economics in modern deployments.

 

For readers who not familiar with SDN, a simple example can demonstrate the efficiency that SDN provides:   Imagine a traffic light that makes its own decisions as to when to change and sends data to the other lamps.  Now imagine if that were changed to a centralized control system that takes a global view of the entire traffic pattern throughout the city and therefore makes smarter decisions on how to route the traffic.

 

The centralized control unit tells each of the lights what to do (using a standard protocol), reducing the complexity of the local units while increasing overall agility. For example, in an emergency, the system can reroute traffic and allow rescue vehicles faster access to the source of the issue.

 

 Tokyo Traffic Control Center;  Photo Courtesy of @CScoutJapan
Tokyo Traffic Control Center, @CScoutJapan

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Catching up on the latest from Dell Fluid Cache for SAN

Did you know Dell Fluid Cache for SAN now supports Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 6.5 and VMware vSphere® ESXi™5.5 U2*? With these two additions plus the ability to use a variety of Dell PowerEdge 12th and new 13th generation Dell servers as Cache Contributor servers, customers have even more deployment options to turbocharge OLTP and power heavy use VDI workloads.

 

Big data analytics are growing in demand across enterprise organizations with the need to sort and analyze vast amounts of data in order to guide business decisions. Many companies using ERP solutions which require vast amounts of I/O to process multiple transactions could benefit from extraordinary performance increases required of these databases by adding Dell Fluid Cache for SAN.

 

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CROC’s Public Cloud Goes at InfiniBand Speed

CROC is the number one IT infrastructure creation company in Russia, and one of Russia’s top 200 private companies.   CROC has become the first public cloud service provider in Russia to adopt InfiniBand—a standard for high-speed data transfer between servers and storage. Migration to a new network infrastructure took approximately one month and resulted in up to a ten-fold increase in cloud service performance.

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Establishing a High Performance Cloud with Mellanox CloudX

When it comes to advanced scientific and computational research in Australia, the leading organization is the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI).  NCI was tasked to form a national research cloud, as part of a government effort to connect eight geographically distinct Australian universities and research institutions into a single national cloud system.

 

NCI decided to establish a high-performance cloud, based on Mellanox 56Gb/s Ethernet solutions.  NCI, home to the Southern Hemisphere’s most powerful supercomputer, is hosted by the Australian National University and supported by three government agencies: Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

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Looking Forward To SC14: Interconnect Your Future

It’s almost time for SC14 in New Orleans, LA (November 17-20, 2014)! We have many exciting things planned for this annual conference.

 

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Stop by and visit Mellanox Technologies (booth #2939) to see the latest in our industry-leading FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 40/56GbE solutions. Make sure to meet Mellanox HPC experts in person:

  • Michael Kagan, CTO
  • Dror Goldenberg, VP/Software Architecture
  • Gilad Shainer, VP/Marketing
  • Scot Schultz, Director – HPC & Technical Computing
  • Dr. Richard Graham, Senior Solutions Architect – Software

 

Mellanox Pavilion:

In our theater area, we will host presentations from leading server and storage OEMs, ISVs, end-users and academia.  These presenters will provide insight into the benefits and performance improvements when using low-latency FDR 56GB/s InfiniBand I/O technology.

 

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End of an Era: OEM Dominance – Could it Be a Thing of the Past?

Guest Blog post by Giacomo Losio, Head of Technology – ProLabs

Original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) have long dominated the optical components market but a new study now suggests that, as a result of tighter margins and greater competition, customers are putting quality and price before brand.  Is the era of the big OEM at an end?

When asked their views of the optical transceiver market at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) in Cannes, over 120 attendees revealed a trend which indicates a paradigm shift in attitudes.

Why do they buy? What they buy? What keeps them up at night? The answers may surprise you:

  • 98% of respondents ranked quality as one of their top three priorities when purchasing fibre optics
  • 89% of respondents placed price in the top three list of priorities
  • Yet only 14% of respondents even considered brand names to be a top three priority – or even a concern

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HP OpenNFV Program for Telco Carriers

101314 HP logoLast week in Dusseldorf, Germany at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, HP announced that Mellanox Technologies has joined the HP OpenNFV Program as a technology partner to help enable carriers take advantage of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technology.

 

As the transition to software defined networking continues, service providers need robust, high-performance NFV solutions that deliver network-level performance, efficiency, scalability and flexibility.  This partnership with HP brings together a world class SDN platform that incorporates Mellanox’s portfolio of innovative 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet solutions to address rapidly evolving customer requirements for next generation transport networks. Continue reading

IBM Enterprise2014 Executive Summit: Turbo LAMP

This week at the IBM Enterprise2014 Executive Summit in Las Vegas, IBM unveiled new Power8 based infrastructure for cloud, data, web 2.0, and mobile engagement. Mellanox is being showcased as a key partner enabling critical platforms for IBM’s Big Data analytics, cloud, and software defined “Elastic Storage” solutions. The new Power8 platform incorporates Mellanox 40Gb Ethernet networking gear and a fully integrated Turbo LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) software stack.

 

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This Turbo LAMP stack came about through a development partnership between IBM, Mellanox and several software vendors:

  • Canonical (Ubuntu Linux & Apache Web Server)
  • SkySQL (MariaDB/MySQL Database)
  • Zend (PHP)

The Turbo LAMP integration is important as it is the foundation for the most common ecommerce, content management systems, and Big Data analytics platforms. This integration allows customers to deliver optimized mobile and web applications while offering critical performance, scale and secure access that businesses need.

On Thursday October 9, our very own Matthew Sheard will be on stage at IBM Enterprise Conference providing details on the solution as outlined in this presentation.

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Mellanox Software 3D Hackathon

Hackathon Pic1After the overwhelming success of Hackathon 2014 this past January, Mellanox Israel now presents 3D Hackathon:  Develop, Debug, Deploy. This contest is designed to encourage innovation and teamwork, while introducing new 3D software technologies and features in a very quick turnaround time.

 

Mellanox Israel employees were invited to submit proposals for new software projects related to existing Mellanox technologies and to form a team of up to 3 people to develop a proposal. More than 20 unique software proposals were submitted.  The steering committee evaluated and selected 16 proposals for consideration into the final competition.  The top 3 teams were awarded prizes.  All teams were asked to present working demos.

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