November 14, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. and SEATTLE, Wash., Nov. 14 -- At SC11, Indiana University will demonstrate the many ways its information technology experts have advanced the future of high performance computing. The annual event takes place in Seattle, Washington, November 12-18, 2011. SC11 is the largest event of its kind, bringing together leading scientists and researchers from around the globe, as well as representatives from top universities, companies, and organizations in the supercomputing field.
"IU has used the power of world-class computing systems, networks, and software tools to support and develop a wide range of cutting-edge research initiatives," said Craig Stewart, executive director of IU's Pervasive Technology Institute and associate dean of Research Technologies. "Our SC11 display will highlight a broad spectrum of these groundbreaking innovations, demonstrating supercomputing's potential to create research breakthroughs."
The IU team has taken a leadership role in many aspects of SC11, with staff members serving on the event's planning committee. Additionally, IU network engineers will help set up and support SCinet, a leading-edge network equipped with OpenFlow-capable switches from vendors such as IBM. SCinet will address the high-performance computing, storage, and networking needs of all SC11 exhibitors and attendees.
The university also has a leading or partnering role on three of the ten submissions to the SC11 SCinet Research Sandbox (SRS), and will host demonstrations for a fourth submission in its booth. SRS is a joint effort with the SC11 Technical Program to let researchers with innovative network approaches experimentally test their ideas in the unique environment of the SCinet networks.
IU's Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) and Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) will host the "Moving Fast, Thinking Big" exhibit, where visitors can engage in a variety of interactive demonstrations, including:
Visitors will also have a chance to see IU's Sandbox entry in action. The IU team will present "The Data Superconductor: An HPC cloud using data-intensive scientific applications, Lustre-WAN, and OpenFlow over 100Gb Ethernet" in booth #2239. Demonstrations will take place at the following times:
Internet2, a key collaborator on IU's Sandbox entry, contributed a 100GbE circuit between Indianapolis and Chicago, as well as the optical system that brings that traffic to Seattle at 100Gb. In addition, Brocade contributed MLXe Ethernet routers equipped with 100GbE blades and a 15.36Tbps fabric for increased performance with less infrastructure and operational overhead. The 100GbE blades will let IU aggregate multiple ports to create a single logical link for greater bandwidth and reduced management.
IBM, Brocade, Ciena, DataDirect Networks, and Whamcloud provided support for IU's SC11 demonstrations. For more information about SC11, visit: http://sc11.supercomputing.org
About Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI)
Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University is a world-class organization dedicated to the development and delivery of innovative information technology to advance research, education, industry, and society. Supported in part by a $15M grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., PTI is built upon a spirit of collaboration and brings together researchers and technologists from a range of disciplines and organizations, including the IU School of Informatics and Computing at Bloomington, the IU Maurer School of Law, and University Information Technology Services at Indiana University. For more information about PTI, visit: http://pti.iu.edu.
The Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) at Indiana University is the premier operations and engineering organization supporting advanced international, national, regional, and local high-performance research and education networks. GlobalNOC plays a major role in transforming the face of digital science, research, and education in Indiana, the US, and the world by providing unparalleled network operations and engineering needed for reliable and cost-effective access to specialized facilities for research and education. For more information about GlobalNOC, visit: http://globalnoc.iu.edu.
Source: Indiana University
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