Today Mellanox announced the opening of its new APAC headquarters and solutions centre in Singapore. The Company’s new APAC headquarters will feature a technology solution centre for showcasing the latest technologies from Mellanox, in addition to an executive briefing facility. The solution centre will feature the innovative solutions enabled by latest Mellanox technologies including HPC, Cloud, Big Data, and storage.
“When the history of HPC is viewed in terms of technological approaches, three epochs emerge. The most recent epoch, that of co-design systems, is new and somewhat unfamiliar to many HPC practitioners. Each epoch is defined by a fundamental shift in design, new technologies, and the economics of the day. “A network co-design model allows data algorithms to be executed more efficiently using smart interface cards and switches. As co-design approaches become more mainstream, design resources will begin to focus on specific issues and move away from optimizing general performance.”
A single issue has always defined the history of HPC systems: performance. While offloading and co-design may seem like new approaches to computing, they actually have been used, to a lesser degree, in the past as a way to enhance performance. Current co-design methods are now going deeper into cluster components than was previously possible. These new capabilities extend from the local cluster nodes into the “computing network.”
“We’ve seen the rapid evolution of SSDs and have been contributing to the NVMe over Fabrics standard and community drivers,” said Michael Kagan, CTO at Mellanox Technologies. “Because faster storage requires faster networks, we designed the highest-speeds and most intelligent offloads into both our ConnectX-5 and BlueField families. This lets us connect many SSDs directly to the network at full speed, without the need to dedicate many CPU cores to managing data movement, and we provide a complete end-to-end networking solution with the highest-performing 25, 50, and 100GbE switches and cables as well.”
Today Mellanox announced it has received the Award for Technology Innovation from Baidu, Inc. The award recognizes Mellanox’s achievements in designing and delivering a high-performance, low latency interconnect technology solution that positively impacts Baidu’s business. Mellanox Technologies received the award at the 2016 Baidu Datacenter Partner Conference, Baidu’s annual gathering of key datacenter partners, and was the only interconnect provider in this category.
“We are pioneering the area of virtualized clusters, specifically with SR-IOV,” said Philip Papadopoulos, SDSC’s chief technical officer. “This will allow virtual sub-clusters to run applications over InfiniBand at near-native speeds – and that marks a huge step forward in HPC virtualization. In fact, a key part of this is virtualization for customized software stacks, which will lower the entry barrier for a wide range of researchers by letting them project an environment they already know onto Comet.”
Today Mellanox announced that the University of Tokyo has selected the company’s Switch-IB 2 EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Switches and ConnectX-4 adapters to accelerate its new supercomputer for computational science.
Today Mellanox announced the availability of new software drivers for RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet). The new drivers are designed to simplify RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) deployments on Ethernet networks and enable high-end performance using RoCE, without requiring the network to be configured for lossless operation. This enables cloud, storage, and enterprise customers to deploy RoCE more quickly and easily while accelerating application performance, improving infrastructure efficiency and reducing cost.
The University of Melbourne has launched a new HPC service called Spartan that combines traditional HPC with a flexible cloud computing component. “Many research projects demand high speed interconnect,” said Bernard Meade, Head of Research Computer Services at the University of Melbourne. “Spartan can quickly scale into cloud based virtual machines as needed, and expand the HPC system as user needs evolve. Traditional HPC systems are typically tailored for a few specific use cases, but in practice are used for a much wider variety of applications, resulting in less than optimal usage.”
Today the RSC Group out of Russia announced a new generation of high-performance scalable and energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with direct liquid cooling based on the newest multi-core Intel Xeon Phi processor (previously code named as Knights Landing) on the day of global launch of this product. The new RSC solution has improved physical and computing density, high energy efficiency and provides stable operation in “hot water” mode with +63 °С cooling agent temperature.