Video: Mellanox HDR InfiniBand makes inroads on the TOP500

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In this video from ISC 2019, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describes how HDR InfiniBand technology is proliferating across the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

HDR 200G InfiniBand, the fastest and most advanced interconnect technology, made its debut on the list, accelerating four supercomputers worldwide, including the fifth top-ranked supercomputer in the world located at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, which also represents the fastest supercomputer built in 2019.

At the conference, Mellanox announced that the company’s InfiniBand solutions accelerate six of the top ten HPC and AI Supercomputers on the June TOP500 list. The six systems Mellanox accelerates include the top three, and four of the top five: The fastest supercomputer in the world at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, #2 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, #3 at Wuxi Supercomputing Center in China, #5 at Texas Advanced Computing Center, #8 at Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and #10 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The innovations built into our HDR InfiniBand solutions, along with their performance advantages, make it the best interconnect of choice for the world’s leading compute and storage infrastructures. There are multiple HDR InfiniBand systems around the world today serving scientific and research activities that are not all on the TOP500 list, and we continue to see strong momentum for this technology across all geographies,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies.

Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet connect 296 systems, or 59% of overall TOP500 platforms, demonstrating 37% growth in 12 months, from June 2018 to June 2019. This includes all of the 126 InfiniBand systems, and most of the 25 gigabit and faster Ethernet platforms. Mellanox’s Ethernet solutions are used in 170 Ethernet systems on the list, or 63% of the total Ethernet platforms, demonstrating 124% growth in 12 months.

Published twice a year, the TOP500 list ranks the world’s most powerful computer systems according to the Linpack benchmark rating system. Key takeaways from the June 2019 list include:

  • Mellanox connects 59% of overall TOP500 platforms (296 systems, InfiniBand and Ethernet), demonstrating 37% growth in 12 months (June’18-June’19)
  • HDR 200G InfiniBand accelerates 4 supercomputers – #5 (TACC – USA), #62 (MSU – USA), #166 (CSC – Finland), and #264 (Tsukuba – Japan)
  • InfiniBand accelerates the world’s fastest HPC/AI supercomputer – Oak Ridge National Laboratory ‘Summit’ supercomputer
  • InfiniBand accelerates the top 3 supercomputers in the world – #1 (ORNL – USA), #2 (LLNL – USA), and #3 (Wuxi – China), and 6 of the top 10 – #5 (TACC – USA), #8 (AIST – Japan), and #10 (LLNL – USA)
  • InfiniBand accelerates the fastest industrial supercomputer at Total Oil and Gas, #11 on the list
  • InfiniBand connects 126 supercomputers, or nearly 55% of overall HPC systems on the TOP500 list/li>
  • Mellanox connects 170 Ethernet systems (25 Gigabit and faster), or 63% of the total Ethernet systems — 124% increase in 12 months (June’18-June’19)
  • The TOP500 list has evolved to include both HPC and cloud/hyperscale (non-HPC) platforms, where more than half of the platforms on the TOP500 list can be categorized as non-HPC application platforms
  • InfiniBand is the interconnect of choice for HPC and AI infrastructures
  • Mellanox Ethernet is the interconnect of choice for cloud and hyperscale platforms

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