Celebrating InfiniBand at SC09

November 23rd, 2009

 

I almost lost my voice at the show and, as I write this, I feel my body shutting down. Blame the wet, cold weather and the race to go from one briefing to the next… but it was all very worth it. Supercomputing is certainly one of the biggest shows for the IBTA and its members and, with the amount of press activity that happened this year, it certainly isn’t showing signs of decline.

 

The TOP500 showed InfiniBand rising and connecting 182 systems (36 percent of the TOP500) and it clearly dominated the TOP10 through TOP300 systems. Half of the TOP10 systems are connected via InfiniBand and, although the new #1 system (JAGUAR from ORNL) is a Cray, it’s important to note that InfiniBand is being used as the storage interconnect to connect Jaguar to “Spider” storage systems.

 

But let’s talk efficiency for a moment… this edition of the TOP500 showed that 18 out of the 20 most efficient systems on the TOP500 used InfiniBand and that InfiniBand system efficiency levels reached up to 96 percent! That’s over 50 percent more efficiency than the best GigE cluster. Bottom line: WHEN PURCHASING NEW SYSTEMS, DON’T IGNORE THE NETWORK! You may be saving pennies on the network and spending dollars on the processors with an unbalanced architecture.

 

In addition, the entire ecosystem is rallying around the next level of InfiniBand performance with multiple exhibitors (24) demonstrating up to 120Gb/s InfiniBand bandwidth (switch-to-switch) and the new CXP cabling options to support this jump in bandwidth.

 

We appreciated the participation of the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) in our booth and in some of our press and analyst briefings. We were happy to hear their announcement about Microsoft joining OFA, a strong affirmation of the importance of InfiniBand.

 

If you didn’t have a chance to swing by the IBTA booth, don’t worry: we videotaped all the great presentations and will have them up on the web for you shortly.

 

I apologize if I didn’t have a chance to meet with you and talk with all the members 1-on-1, and I hope to make up for it and see you all again at ISC’10 in Hamburg, Germany and SC10 in New Orleans. I’m sure the IBTA will have some more wonderful news to share with everyone. Congratulations IBTA and happy 10-year anniversary!

 

Safe travels to everyone,

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Brian Sparks

IBTA Marketing Working Group Co-Chair

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IBTA to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary at SC’09

November 5th, 2009

It’s that time of the year again. The most important event for the InfiniBand Trade Association and the InfiniBand community at large is upon us – Supercomputing ’09 (SC’09) taking place in Portland, Oregon from November 14-20.

 

This year’s event promises to be an impressive gathering of the top minds in high-performance computing with expected attendance of 11,000 researchers, scientists, engineers and computing experts from around the world. InfiniBand will certainly have a strong presence and showing at the event with 16 IBTA members exhibiting, a slew of expected InfiniBand-related product announcements from the entire ecosystem, and of course, InfiniBand-related demos set up all over the show floor.

 

The SCinet InfiniBand network – being installed as I write this – will see a substantial speed increase this year – up to 120Gb/s connectivity throughout the entire network. More than 20 exhibitors will be showcasing SCinet and the demonstration is expected to be an SC’09 highlight.

 

The IBTA will also have a 10×20 booth, special logo, collateral, signage, giveaways and presentations to highlight and celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

 

We’re hoping you will stop by booth #139 and visit us, especially Monday night from 7-9pm, as we will be hosting a 10-Year Anniversary Cocktail Reception.

 

Come Celebrate with the IBTA!

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Brian Sparks

IBTA Marketing Working Group Co-Chair

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SCinet at SC’09: building the biggest and best InfiniBand network the Supercomputing conference has ever seen

October 22nd, 2009

For the past several years, the SCinet organization has built an InfiniBand network infrastructure at the annual Supercomputing conference, providing connectivity to numerous organizations and vendors in support of various application and storage demonstrations.

While I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in SCinet almost every year since InfiniBand was first deployed at SC’04, this is my first year as the OpenFabrics committee co-chair and now I’m tasked with the responsibility of putting together the InfiniBand network for SC’09 in Portland, Ore.

With SCinet’s InfiniBand network celebrating its 5th year of operation, we wanted to make sure this was going to be the biggest and best year ever. We decided to give the network a substantial speed increase using 12X InfiniBand QDR, providing up to 120 Gbps connectivity throughout the entire network.

In addition to the network performance enhancements, we’ve teamed up with the HPC Advisory Council to make several different application demonstrations available to all InfiniBand network participants. Demonstrations include:

  • A Remote Desktop over InfiniBand (RDI) demonstration enabling live desktop sharing between all participants
  • A Direct Transport Compositor (DTC) demonstration providing real-time rendering of a PSA Peugeot Citroen automotive CAD model in 2D/3D
  • A new high-bandwidth MPI technology demonstration taking advantage of 120Gbps data rates from a single server

It’s no surprise that there’s already a record number of organizations and vendors signed up to take part in these exciting multivendor demonstrations at SC’09. With over 20 connections requested this year, it’s nearly double that of prior years.

Not only is this year turning out to be a record year for connection requests, so is the size of the network infrastructure required to support all of this connectivity. We’re actually working with 18 different hardware and cable manufacturers to secure enough equipment to build the entire InfiniBand network infrastructure from the ground up – including hundreds of cables, over 40 switches, numerous servers and countless HCAs.

I’d personally like to thank all the SCinet volunteers and hardware vendors working together with the common goal of building the biggest and best InfiniBand network SC has ever seen. I encourage SC attendees to check out all the SCinet-connected application demonstrations going on throughout the exhibit hall and to stop by the SCinet Network Operations Center (NOC) and see the 120 Gbps InfiniBand network infrastructure in action.

Eric Dube

Best regards,

Eric Dube

SCinet/OpenFabrics co-chair

Bay Microsystems, Inc.

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IBTA Pleased to Announce 16th Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest

October 8th, 2009

Greetings IBTA members and the larger InfiniBand community,

As you may have read in our recent press release, the IBTA is pleased to announce dates for the 16th Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest: October 12-16, 2009 in the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab.

I personally have been involved in this event for the past 8 years and have seen the Plugfests grow tremendously. Products that successfully pass Plugfest testing gain inclusion in the IBTA Integrators’ List. We currently have 297 products on our Integrators’ List and are expecting more than 200 cables and devices to be tested at the October event.

With the introduction of the IBTA Integrators List Logo Program last fall, cable vendors and device manufacturers now have the right to attach IBTA-certified logos to products that are active on the Integrators List. We’ve heard positive feedback from end users excited that they can now easily recognize InfiniBand-compliant products. This is especially useful for end users deploying and maintaining clusters since the cables will now be labeled with the speeds that they support.


This Plugfest will also include many new QDR products from InfiniBand vendors along with testing for the new CXP Interconnect which provides InfiniBand connectivity in a 120 Gb/s in a 12x Small Form-factor Pluggable Interconnect.

If you are interested in joining us at this year’s Plugfest, please visit our Plugfest section of the website, listed under Events or feel free to contact me at plugfest@lampreynetworks.com.

Regards,

Rupert Dance

CIWG – Program Director

Lamprey Networks

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IBTA Members at ISC’09

July 24th, 2009

Check out the latest video of InfiniBand Trade Association members at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

Resetting InfiniBand Counters in 2009

June 29th, 2009

IBTA members know that cluster performance software and human troubleshooters monitor InfiniBand port counters for information about traffic on different ports and links.  Occasionally the port counters are reset when a network is reconfigured and a fresh view is needed. Similarly, market research vendors monitor manufacturer quarterly earnings announcements to measure the performance of the overall InfiniBand market as well as the switch, HCA and controller segments.

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ISCnet: Europe’s Largest 40Gb/s InfiniBand Demonstration

June 25th, 2009

While many tradeshows this year have suffered from declining vendor participation and user attendance, the high-performance computing community was out in full force this week at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’09) in Hamburg, Germany. The IBTA was well represented with several members exhibiting, including: Finisar, Fujitsu Limited, IBM, Intel, LSI, Mellanox , NEC, QLogic, SGI, Sun, Voltaire and W. L. Gore & Associates.

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InfiniBand Enables Low-Latency Market Data Delivery for Financial Services Firms

June 18th, 2009

InfiniBand is largely thought of as a high-performance interconnect for large, TOP500-like HPC systems. It certainly is, but InfiniBand’s high bandwidth, low-latency capabilities are also useful across many vertical industries including financial services. A lot of us will be attending ISC’09 in Hamburg, but InfiniBand will also be in the spotlight at the annual Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) show in NYC that’s also taking place next week.

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Analyst Reports Confirm InfiniBand Growth

June 15th, 2009

Recently, the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) released results from three analyst reports, demonstrating the continued market growth of InfiniBand products in the HPC and data center server and storage markets.

HPC Market Growth

For those following InfiniBand, the March 2009 Tabor Research report, “InfiniBand: Increases in Speed, Usage, Competition,” noting that “60 percent of surveyed HPC systems installed since the start of 2007 use InfiniBand as a system interconnect,” should come as no surprise. What is most promising is that “among those systems, over 30 percent also use InfiniBand for a LAN or storage interconnect.” In my view, that serves as a leading indication that customers are leveraging InfiniBand’s capabilities as the “unified wire”.

The report goes on to highlight increased demand for InfiniBand among customers consolidating their I/O fabrics. “HPC-using organizations that are considering converged fabric strategies are more likely to consolidate on InfiniBand than Ethernet.”

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Inauguration of 1st European Petaflop Computer in Jülich, Germany

June 11th, 2009

Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) in GermanyHello IBTA community - we wanted to provide you with an update on some exciting developments in the world of supercomputing - specifically systems using InfiniBand - from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) in Germany.

At the end of May, the JSC reached a significant milestone of German and European supercomputing with the inauguration of two new supercomputers: the supercomputer JuRoPA and the fusion machine HPC FF. And just last week, Sun Microsystems announced the supercomputer JuRoPA2 went online and is the most powerful Sun technology-based computer in Europe.

The systems have been garnering a bit of press; be sure to check out the news articles and technical system facts in The Register and HPCWire and read Sun’s June 5 press release.

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