Fourteen partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a permanent research platform called STRATOS. The MoU was signed by 12 PRACE partners, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, and two associated partners.

STRATOS stands for “PRACE advisory group for Strategic Technologies”. STRATOS has the goal to become a unique collaboration of PRACE partners and industry either directly or through consortia which include PRACE members. The objective of STRATOS is to foster the development of HPC (High Performance Computing) technologies in Europe.

The MoU was signed on 16 December, 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. 12 PRACE partners and one associated partner, the European industrial-academic association PROSPECT signed the MoU. The association Ter@tec acceded to the STRATOS MoU on 12 March, 2009.

Industrial and other innovative European HPC development projects engaged in development or evaluation of HPC technology can become members of STRATOS for the runtime of the projects.

The final cooperation agreement of the STRATOS partnership will be established as soon as the PRACE research infrastructure has become a European legal entity. During an initial period, STRATOS shall be governed by the MoU.

The following PRACE partners signed the MoU: Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Germany; Universität Stuttgart (HLRS), Germany; Leibniz-Rechenzentrum der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (BADW-LRZ), Germany; Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif (GENCI), France; Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Spain; Netherlands National Computing Facilities Foundation (NCF), the Netherlands; Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC), Sweden; CINECA Consorzio Interuniversitario (CINECA), Italy; CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. (CSC), Finland; Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ), Switzerland; Greek Research and Technology Network S.A (GRNET), Greece and Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), Poland.

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee today returned to the birthplace of his brainchild, 20 years after submitting his paper 'Information Management: A Proposal' to his manager Mike Sendall in March 1989. By writing the words 'Vague, but exciting' on the document's cover, and giving Berners-Lee the go-ahead to continue, Sendall signed into existence the information revolution of our time: the World Wide Web. In September the following year, Berners-Lee took delivery of a computer called a NeXT cube, and by December 1990 the Web was up and running, albeit between just a couple of computers at CERN*.

Today's event takes a look back at some of the early history, and pre-history, of the World Wide Web at CERN, includes a keynote speech from Tim Berners-Lee, and concludes with a series of talks from some of today's Web pioneers. The full event will be webcast at http://webcast.cern.ch, and relayed via http://tf1.lci.fr/infos/endirect/0,,4301948,00-les-20-ans-du-web-edition-speciale-.html. Highlights will be available to broadcasters via a Eurovision worldfeed scheduled for 19:00CET
(http://www.eurovision.net/net/content/worldfeeds.php).

"It's a pleasure to be back at CERN today," said Berners-Lee. "CERN has come a long way since 1989, and so has the Web, but its roots will always be here."

The World Wide Web is undoubtedly the most well known spin-off from CERN, but it's not the only one. Technologies developed at CERN have found applications in domains as varied as solar energy collection and medical imaging.

"When CERN scientists find a technological hurdle in the way of their ambitions, they have a tendency to solve it," said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. "I'm pleased to say that the spirit of innovation that allowed Tim Berners-Lee to invent the Web at CERN, and allowed CERN to nurture it, is alive and well today."

Solarflare has announced the expansion of its SFN5000 family of 10GbE server adapters with the launch of several new midrange 10GbE adapters. The Solarflare SFC9000 controller LAN-on-motherboard (LOM), announced in August 2009, enables the product's low-power, hardware-assisted virtualization and aggressive cost performance ratios.

The SFC9000 is the industry's lowest power controller and the industry's first LOM with integrated 10GBASE-T. With its hardware-assisted support for virtualization, the SFC9000 delivers up to 5 times the application performance of other server adapters by accelerating virtual I/O for Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper V and VMware. The SFC9000 also possesses the industry's most scalable virtualization architecture, supporting up to 256 virtual functions and up to 2048 virtual NICs, 16 times greater scalability than conventional approaches.

The company's two new dual-port and single-port midrange 10GbE server adapters complement the currently shipping enterprise 10GbE server adapters, expanding Solarflare's footprint in the market, while offering customers better performance at more aggressive cost and performance points.

Midrange 10GbE server adapters

Solarflare's midrange dual-port and single-port 10GbE adapters deliver high-performance, low latency, low power and scalable I/O virtualization, offering exceptional value for datacenters, enterprise networks, virtualization and cloud applications, and high performance compute (HPC) clusters: SFN5162F Dual-Port 10GbE SFP+ Server Adapter, SFN5161T Dual-Port 10GBASE-T Server Adapter, SFN5152F Single-Port SFP+ Server Adapter, and the SFN5151T Single-Port 10GBASE-T Server Adapter.

"Our customers are very excited about our expanded 10GbE server adapter portfolio," Russell Stern, CEO of Solarflare. "Our midrange server adapters offer customers exceptional value. The power, performance and cost advantages are all possible because we were the first company with a 10GBASE-T LOM chip and have the lowest power PHY and the lowest power controller. We have the right feature set to enable high-frequency trading, high-performance computing for select verticals, such as scientific computing, oil, gas and manufacturing, as well as server virtualization for cloud networking."

Solarflare is the first and only company shipping both low-power, sub 5-watt 10GBASE-T transceivers and integrated, single monolithic 10GBASE-T LOM chips. Because Solarflare is the only company with the lowest power 10GBASE-T LOM, it is able to bring to market the lowest-power, single port 10GBASE-T adapter, at 7.9 watts, and the lowest power dual port 10GBASE-T adapter, at 12.9 watts, versus competing solutions at 20 watts or more. When a datacenter customer deploys 1000s of servers, the power savings add up to a quarter of a million kw/hours per year (2000 servers * 2 slots*7 watts*24 hours*365 days).

Solarflare 10GbE network adapters, often in combination with Solarflare OpenOnload application acceleration middleware, enable companies in a wide range of industries to build high-performance compute (HPC) clusters and datacenters that meet the most demanding computing and networking challenges. These include financial services, virtualized datacenters, energy, oil and gas and academic computing environments.

To date, Solarflare has shipped the SFN5122F 10GbE dual port SFP+ adapter to over 100 customers and 150 locations in China, Europe, US, India, Hong Kong and Singapore. The SFN5122F, with its OpenOnload application acceleration middleware, is also installed in every major equities exchange worldwide.

Pricing and availability

  • SFN5162F Dual-Port 10GbE SFP+ Midrange Server Adapter. US List price $825, available now.
  • SFN5161T Dual-Port 10GBASE-T Midrange Server Adapter. US List price $900, available now.
  • SFN5152F Single-Port 10GbE SFP+ Midrange Server Adapter. US List price $619, available now.
  • SFN5151T Single-Port 10GBASE-T Midrange Server Adapter. US List price $675, available now.

A team of students from the University of Utah’s School of Computing won a competition to build and run a small supercomputer cluster —a high-performance network used to perform intensive calculations for complex data sets such as weather forecasts or nuclear fusion.

Four national teams, including the U. students and a team from Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, were given identical components and two days to assemble and deploy a supercomputing cluster for a specific task. The competition, called the "LittleFe Challenge," was part of SC12, the annual international supercomputing conference held this year in Salt Lake City.

Utah computer science students Leif Andersen, Bruce Bolick, Ian King, Tom Robertson, Kathryn Rodgers and Tyler Sorenson were members of the winning team.

The competition involved what is known as the traveling salesman problem.

Three sets of cities and coordinates were given to each team. The students were then asked to use their small supercomputer to find the shortest route for a traveling salesman to take that would include a visit to each city once and a return to the city of origin for each data set using their cluster. The teams were judged on best score, visualization of their results and their knowledge of high-performance computing.

Brian Haymore, Martin Cuma and Wim Cardoen from the U’s Center for High Performance Computing were mentors to the team. Their faculty advisor was Mary Hall, a computer science professor.

Fall Plugfest Follows the Most Successful-to-Date Plugfest Held Last Spring Where More Than 200 Cables and Devices Were Tested

  • IBTA 16th Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest
  • OpenFabrics Alliance 8th Interoperability Event
  • Supercomputing 2009

The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA)  today announced the 16th Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest. The Plugfest will take place October 12-16, 2009 in the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab. The event provides an opportunity for InfiniBand device and cable vendors to test their products for compliance with the InfiniBand architecture specification, as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products.

This event will include testing of both double data rate (DDR) 20Gb/s devices and quad data rate (QDR) 40Gb/s devices. There is a new test procedure for the recently released 120Gb/s 12x Small Form-Factor Pluggable (CXP) Interface Specification for cables, along with a new memory map test procedure for the EEPROMs included with QSFP and CXP active cables. The updated Wave Dispersion Penalty (WDP) testing will also be included.

The October Plugfest will include interoperability test procedures using Mellanox, QLogic and Voltaire products. The test procedures ensure that InfiniBand products are both compliant and interoperable, which in turn ensures the trouble-free deployment of InfiniBand clusters. More information on test procedures is available for IBTA members at: http://members.infinibandta.org/apps/org/workgroup/ciwg/documents.php?folder_id=298#folder_298

Plugfest registration is free for IBTA members; non-members need to pay a special fee. More information is available on the IBTA website at: www.infinibandta.org.

The Plugfest program has been a significant contributor to the growth of InfiniBand in both the enterprise data center and the high-performance computing markets. According to the June 2009 TOP500 list, InfiniBand is now the leading server interconnect in the Top100 with 59 clusters.

The Integrators’ List has grown from 115 products in October 2008, to 297 products as of the last Plugfest event in April 2009. End users and OEMs frequently reference this list prior to the deployment of InfiniBand-related systems, including both small clusters and large-scale clusters of 1,000 nodes or more. Many OEMs use this list as a gateway in the procurement process.

Fall Plugfest follows the highly successful Spring ‘09 Plugfest

The Spring ‘09 Plugfest was the most successful in IBTA history with more than 20 cable and device vendors in attendance. During the event, over 200 cables and 14 devices were tested. The number of devices qualifying for inclusion on the Integrators’ List has steadily increased; the list now includes more than 297 products.

Vendors recently adding products to the IBTA Integrators’ List include: Amphenol, Avago Technologies, Cinch Connectors, Emcore, LSI, Luxtera, Mellanox, Molex, Obsidian Research, Panduit, Quellan Inc (Intersil), Tyco Electronics, Volex, Voltaire and W.L. Gore. Several additional vendors will attend the October 2009 Plugfest, including QLogic, FCI and Hitachi.

Following Plugfest: OpenFabrics Alliance’s Eighth Interoperability Event

Following the IBTA Plugfest, the OpenFabrics Alliance will be conducting their 8th Interoperability event from Oct. 15-23, 2009. This session will focus on industry-wide interoperability using the OpenFabrics Alliance Software Stack. This event requires separate eligibility, cost and registration. For more information, please visit: http://www.iol.unh.edu/services/testing/ofa/events/Invitation_2009-10_OFA.php

IBTA to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary at Supercomputing 2009

The IBTA will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at Supercomputing 2009 in Portland, Ore. on November 14-20. The IBTA will host InfiniBand demonstrations and an InfiniBand presentation theater. The IBTA invites all attendees to stop by booth number 139 at the show.

 

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