Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Cross-Continental InfiniBand Cluster Staged for Deployment at Supercomputing 2005

Supercomputing 2005

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 2005--The OpenIB Alliance today announced that nearly thirty organizations are confirmed to showcase the world's largest, cross-continental InfiniBand data center in conjunction with SCinet at next week's Supercomputing 2005 conference (SC/05) in Seattle, Washington (Washington State Convention and Trade Center). The SCinet InfiniBand cluster will host over 6TFlops of supercomputing performance, which would rank the cluster as high as 50 on the TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. In addition, the SCinet InfiniBand fabric will have direct access to native attached InfiniBand storage solutions hosted by the StorCloud initiative. The strong industry mix of InfiniBand component vendors, infrastructure equipment suppliers, software vendors, and research and university end-users that are participating include:

AMD, Ames Laboratory, Appro, ASUS, Cisco, Cornell Theory Center, Dell, Emcore, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, IWILL USA Corp., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Mellanox, Microsoft, NCSA, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Obsidian Research, Pathscale, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Rackable, RedHat, Sandia National Laboratories, Silicon Graphics, SilverStorm, Sun Microsystems, Tyan Computer, and Voltaire

SC/05 participants with the OpenIB Alliance will use the OpenIB software stack for both Linux and Windows host systems, and the OpenIB subnet manager (OpenSM) will manage the entire Infiniband network. The availability of the OpenIB stack from all vendors is the industry's solution to widespread interoperability and mass deployment of InfiniBand fabrics in data centers for enterprise and performance computing.

The SCinet InfiniBand fabric locally interconnects participating booths on the SC/05 exhibit floor via InfiniBand over MPO multi-mode fiber using Emcore SmartLink modules.

The three remote InfiniBand clusters are at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, the Intel Dupont facility in Washington, and the Naval Research Laboratory in Virginia. These locations are connected through the wide area network (WAN) point of presence for SCinet, the Pacific Northwest Gigapop at Washington University, and utilize optical long-haul equipment from Ciena, Cisco, and Juniper running over networks provided by Abilene, Esnet, Internet2, National LambdaRail, and Qwest. At each endpoint, InfiniBand over optical (either DWDM or SONET OC192) is converted by Longbow XRs from Obsidian Research. The Longbow enables globally distributed InfiniBand fabrics to seamlessly cross connect by encapsulating 4X InfiniBand over OC-192c SONET, ATM, or 10GbE WANs at full InfiniBand data rates. The conversion is totally transparent to the InfiniBand fabric and is interoperable with OpenIB's software stack and subnet manager.

SC|05, the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage, convene in November 2005 in Seattle. Under the theme, "Gateway to Discovery," SC|05 will showcase how high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in research, education and commerce. ACM and IEEE Computer Society are the SC|05 conference series sponsors.

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