SC11 News Blizzard – Part 2

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If the number of news releases coming out this week before SC11 are any indication, the HPC ecosystem has never been more vibrant. Here’s the SC11 News with Snark for Saturday, Nov 11, 2011.

  • Live Stream of SC11 Keynote! The conference keynote by Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang will be streamed live. The link will not work until showtime, which is Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time.
  • NASA Flexes Big Pipes. As part of the SCinet Research Sandbox, NASA and a team of federal, university and vendor partners will be demonstrating significant local- and wide-area file transfers using 40- and 100-gigabit network technologies at SC11.
  • SCInet Flexes Bigger Pipes. Beginning this Saturday, November 12, Seattle will be home to SCinet, one of the fastest computer networks anywhere in the world. In total, SCinet will deliver more than 450 Gigabits per second in total capacity to the Washington State Convention Center.
  • EXTOLL Goes to Market. This week the German company announced their Ventoux network interconnect for HPC. With “an industry-leading packet latency of 950ns,”  Ventoux delivers a non-coalesced MPI message rate of more than 20 million messages per second, and an aggregated bidirectional bandwidth of 192 Gbit/s.
  • What’s your Vector, Victor? This week NEC announced the next-gen NEC SX-9 supercomputer with 64 GFLOPS per CPU and 64 GB/s memory bandwidth.
  • TACC Ranger Rides On. TACC’s Sun Fire supercomputer designed by Andy Bechtolsheim will continue to serve the TeraGrid, thanks to a funding extension as part of NSF XD initiative.
  • Oracle Has a Booth. Back in a year or two ago, no one could have predicted this, including the Great and Powerful Oracle. I’m guessing they’ll be pitching storage.
  • Big Data Grid Goes International. The RENCI/North Carolina booth (#2942) will be one of several on the SC11 show floor to participate in a demonstration that will connect booths with large data sets in the U.S. and Europe, creating a distributed, high-speed international data grid that allows researchers to share, store and manage large data sets. An iRODS-based WOS infrastructure greatly minimizes the effort required to manage and distribute large scientific data sets and make them available for such research.



  1. shane kennedy says

    isilon & lustre ??