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Designing High-End Computing Systems with InfiniBand & 10-Gigabit Ethernet

Sunday, May 30, 2010, 1:30pm – 6:00pm
Hamburg University, Main Building, Room A


InfiniBand (IB) and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) interconnects are generating a lot of excitement towards building next generation High Performance Computing (HPC) systems and enterprise datacenters. This tutorial will provide an overview of these emerging interconnects, their offered features, their current market standing, and their suitability for prime-time HPC. It will start with a brief overview of IB, 10GE and their architectural features. An overview of the emerging OpenFabrics stack which encapsulates both IB and 10GE in a unified manner, and hardware technologies such as Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI), RDMA over Ethernet and RDMA over Converged Enhanced Ethernet that aim at converged hardware solutions will be presented. IB and 10GE hardware/software solutions and the market trends will be highlighted. Finally, sample performance numbers highlighting the performance these technologies can achieve in different environments such as MPI, Sockets, Parallel File Systems, Multi-tier Datacenters, and Virtual Machines, will be shown.

Level of tutorial
Introductory: 20%
Intermediate: 50%
Advanced: 30%

Attendees should have a general knowledge in high performance computing, cluster computing, networking, storage and related issues. The tutorial is designed in a way that allows the attendees to get exposed to the topics in a smooth and progressive manner.