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Faster Fabrics Running Against Limits of the Operating System, the Processor, and the I/O Bus

Christopher Lameter from Jump Trading gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin. “In 2017 we got 100G fabrics, in 2018 200G fabrics and in 2019 it looks like 400G technology may be seeing a considerable amount of adoption. These bandwidth compete with and sometimes are higher than the internal bus speeds of the servers that are connected using these fabrics. I think we need to consider these developments and work on improving fabrics and the associated APIs so that ways to access these features become possible using vendor neutral APIs. It needs to be possible to code in a portable way and not to a vendor specific one.”

ECI to Demo 400G Optical Backbone on SC16 SCinet

Today ECI announced plans to demonstrate a 400G backbone at SCinet, the world’s largest and fastest high-performance network at SC16 in Salt Lake City. “ECI was delighted to receive the invitation to participate in this exciting demonstration for the high performance computing sector. ECI is no stranger to this sector. We provide services to many research and education networks worldwide. Some of our wins include DFN (Germany), Switch (Sweden), GRNet (Greece), and most recently an exciting win at DeIC (Denmark), details of which will be disclosed in the near future,” said Tony Gomez, VP of Business Development for ECI in N. America.”