We are excited to share today’s announcement by the OPENPower
Foundation to enable the STFC Hartree Center. I wrote a short blog about the announcement, excerpted here:
In the latest announcement, the STFC Hartree Center is setting out to enable the latest in world-class, state-of-the-art technologies for the development of advanced software solutions to solve real-world challenges in academe, industry and Government and tackle the ever growing issues of big data. The architecture will include POWER CPUs from IBM, the latest in flash-memory storage, GPU’s from Nvidia and, of course, the most advanced networking technology from Mellanox. Enhanced with native support for CAPI technology, and network-offload acceleration capabilities, the Mellanox interconnect will rapidly shuttle data around the system in the most effective and efficient manner to keep the cores focused on crunching the data; not on processing network communications.
Read the full post here: http://openpowerfoundation.org/blogs/mellanox-and-the-openpower-ecosystem-to-help-generate-economic-growth/
With the rise of cloud computing and mobile technologies, today’s market demands applications that deliver information from mounds of data to a myriad of end user devices. This data must be personalized, localized, and curated for the user and sent back to these devices. Businesses must retrieve data from their own systems—typically ERP, SCM and HRM applications–and then deliver it through systems of engagement with those end users.
The standard for building these systems is the LAMP stack, which consists of Linux as the operating system, an Apache web server, an open source relational database like MySQL or MariaDB, and PHP as the development language.
LAMP stack has become popular because each component can be theoretically interchanged and adapted without lock in to a specific vendor software stack. These solutions have grown to support many business critical systems of engagement, despite the need for more powerful, scalable and reliable hardware systems. Ideally, the LAMP stack can be optimized for dynamic scale out as well as scale up virtualized infrastructures.
Mellanox recently announced a collaboration with IBM to produce a tightly integrated server and storage solutions that incorporate our end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet interconnect solutions with IBM POWER CPUs. By combining IBM POWER CPUs with the world’s highest-performance interconnect solution will drive data at optimal rates, maximizing performance and efficiency for all types of applications and workloads, as well as enable dynamic storage solutions to allow multiple applications to efficiently share data repositories.
Advances in high-performance applications are enabling analysts, researchers, scientists and engineers to run more complex and detailed simulations and analyses in a bid to gather game-changing insights and deliver new products to market. This is placing greater demand on existing IT infrastructures, driving a need for instant access to resources – compute, storage, and network.
Companies are looking for faster and more efficient ways to drive business value from their applications and data. The combination of IBM processor technologies and Mellanox high-speed interconnect solutions can provide clients with an advanced and efficient foundation to achieve their goals.