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Newly named Ethernet Technology Consortium Announces 800 Gigabit Ethernet Specification

The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium, originally established to develop 25, 50 and 100 Gbps Ethernet specifications, announced today it has changed its name to the Ethernet Technology Consortium in order to reflect a new focus on higher-speed Ethernet technologies. “Ethernet is evolving very quickly and as a group, we felt that having 25G in the name was too constraining for the scope of the consortium,” said Brad Booth, chair of the Ethernet Technology Consortium. “We wanted to open that up so that the industry could have an organization that could enhance Ethernet specifications for new and developing markets.”

Podcast: Slingshotting to Exascale

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Cray Slingshot interconnect that will power all three of the first Exascale supercomputers in the US. “At the heart of this new interconnect is their innovative 64 port switch that provides a maximum of 200 Gb/s per port and can support Cray’s enhanced Ethernet along with standard Ethernet message passing. It also has advanced congestion control and quality of service modes that ensure that each job gets their right amount of bandwidth.”

Cisco to Acquire Exablaze

Cisco is announcing its intent to acquire Exablaze, a privately held, Australia-based designer and manufacturer of advanced network devices. Exablaze’s design and manufacturing innovation offer customers the latest Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology with the required flexibility and programmability for environments where ultra-low-latency and high performance is critical. These next-generation products include advanced ultra-low latency FPGA-based switches and network interface cards (NICs), as well as picosecond resolution timing technology. “In the case of the high frequency trading sector, every sliver of time matters. By adding Exablaze’s segment leading ultra-low latency devices and FPGA-based applications to our portfolio, financial and HFT customers will be better positioned to achieve their business objectives and deliver on their customer value proposition.”

Innovium High Performance Networking Solutions Move Big Data at SC19

Innovium is showcasing their TERALYNX-based high performance switches SC19 this week. These switches deliver the industry’s highest performance, lowest latency, and highest port radix with flexibility for 10G – 400G connectivity and breakthrough telemetry using Innovium’s programmable TERALYNX switch silicon.

AMD EPYC Coming to Cisco UCS Rack Servers

Over at the AMD Blog, Scot Aylor writes that the company’s EPYC processors are coming to Cisco’s popular UCS server platform. “The new, density-optimized Cisco UCS C4200 Series Rack Server Chassis and the Cisco UCS C125 M5 Rack Server Node will be powered by AMD EPYC 7000 series processors. By integrating AMD EPYC processors, Cisco joins a growing list of server providers taking advantage of the high-performance EPYC processor’s strong balance of core density, memory, I/O bandwidth and unprecedented security features to deliver revolutionary technology for customers.”

Intersect360 Research Site Census Looks at HPC Interconnects

“Intersect360 Research has posted an Executive Summary of their most recent HPC User Site Census on Interconnect Suppliers. The report provides an examination of the server interconnects and network characteristics found at a sample of HPC user sites. Intersect360 Research surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and software supporting these computer installations.”

Spartan HPC Service Launches Down Under

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.”

Cisco Joins CERN openlab

Today, Cisco announced it is joining CERN openlab, CERN’s platform for science and industry partnerships.