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Tech focus: Networking

A round-up of the latest tools for scientists using networking technologies

With increasing complex challenges in science and engineering, researchers are looking to larger computing systems that require fast networking to deliver the data they need for their experiments and research projects.

Networking companies provide high-speed access to data which can support high throughput workloads. While the main networking technologies in HPC are based on either Ethernet or InfiniBand, but there are also other technologies that use PCI Express to develop networking fabrics to support other ultra-low latency, high-bandwidth workloads. This is generally based on the use of high-speed real-time systems, clustered databases, general networking, web services and industrial embedded applications.

In recent years, the movement of data – rather than the sheer speed of computation – has become a major bottleneck to large scale or particularly data-intensive HPC applications. This has driven bandwidth increases in interconnect technology, effectively widening the pipe that data uses to travel across the network.

The choice to develop a bespoke system or use an end-to-end solution to support scientific research projects depends on workloads, scale and budget. There are many ways to solve these challenges, but the answer for each organisation will depend on the scale of the challenge and the demand for latency, which inevitably drives the cost of deployment.


Featured product: GigaIO Accelerates Scientific Discovery and Innovation with High-Performance PCIe Network Solution -- FabreX

GigaIO has invented the first truly composable cloud-class software-defined infrastructure network, empowering users to accelerate workflows on-demand, using industry-standard PCI Express technology.  GigaIO’s FabreX™ dramatically reduces resource underutilization, power consumption and TCO by using a single non-proprietary interconnect to achieve complete rack-scale disaggregation and composition.

• Composable Disaggregated Infrastructure  improves system agility by creating shared resource pools that can then be dynamically recomposed in real-time

• FabreX typically halves the Total Cost of Ownership by increasing resource utilization and eliminating overprovisioning.

• FabreX supports any PCIe-compliant device -- servers, CPUs, memory, 3D-XPoint, storage, GPUs, FPGAs, speciality ASICS and NICs.

• In addition to system agility and TCO savings, FabreX delivers blazing performance with PCIe latency and bandwidth throughout the rack.

Discover more about GigaIO and FabreX - The Enterprise-Class, Open Source Composable Platform For Infrastructure Agility.

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Other products

Cisco UCS helps change the way IT organisations do business. It combines industry-standard, x86-architecture servers with networking and storage access into a single unified system.

UCS brings increased productivity, reduced total cost of ownership, and scalability into your data centre.

DustPhotonics helps hyperscale data players move to more optical lanes and complexity with a uniquely simple yet strategic, reliable and efficient Electro-Optic Coupling technology.

The DustPhotonics QSFP-DD-SR8 is a hot-pluggable transceiver designed for 400GB/s optical links of up to 100m over OM3/4/5 multi-mode fibre. The transceiver is IEEE 802.3bs 400GBASE-SR8 and QSFP-DD MSA compliant for use in data centres, HPC and enterprise applications.

Eoptolink is dedicated to research, develop, manufacture and markets a diverse portfolio of high-performance, optical transceiver modules and optical components for various ICT applications, such as data centre, telecom networks (FTTx, LTE and transmission), security monitoring, smart grid.

Extoll is a company that delivers products to the high-performance interconnect IP market. The company believes in digital-centric design for physical IP, for example, its high-speed multi-rate, multi-protocol SerDes is based mainly on digital logic.

Complemented by advanced verification and modelling methodology, Extoll offers robust and flexible solutions to customer’s interconnect challenges.

GigaIO is a cloud-class, enterprise-class and open standards composable infrastructure solution. GigaIO is committed to open standards and a contributing member to Linux, to the PCIe standard and to the CXL consortium.

You can pick and choose the orchestration software that best fits your needs, and build your solution using your preferred vendor and model for servers, GPUS, FPGAs, storage and any other PCIe resource in your rack.

With the pervasive use of AI across industries, enterprise data centres carry a large number of vital services. Huawei CloudFabric 2.0 provides a next-generation data centre network that delivers huge capacity, intelligent experience and autonomous driving, helping enterprises mine intelligence from data, accelerate digital transformation, and promote the development of the digital economy.

LDA Technologies is a provider of high-end FPGA-oriented solutions optimised for ultra-low latency operation; targeted for data processing acceleration, high-performance computing, low-latency networking, and high-frequency trading.

LDA products range from small add-on cards to 4U HPC devices.

In addition, LDA offers a broad set of specialised industry-oriented solutions and standalone ultra-low latency networking IP Cores that can be used as part of users’ FPGA logic. LDA also offers consultancy services.

Mellanox InfiniBand solutions incorporate in-network computing technology that performs data algorithms in the network devices, delivering ten times higher performance, and enabling the era of “data-centric” data centres.

By delivering the fastest data speed, lowest latency, smart accelerations and highest efficiency and resiliency, InfiniBand is the best choice to connect the world’s top HPC and AI supercomputers.

Dolphin Interconnect Solutions products are used to connect multiple computers and IO systems together to create high performance computing platforms for demanding applications. Application clusters created using Dolphin’s interconnect products provide significant improvements in response time and transaction throughput compared to using alternative interconnect technologies.

The Ethernet Alliance is a global, non-profit, industry consortium of member organisations that are dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies.

To help advance the industry as a whole, the Ethernet Alliance also provides the industry with a forum for the open exchange of ideas and dialogue, and with a platform for consensus-building. It follows strict impartiality guidelines to encourage productive discourse and idea-sharing.

This, in turn, increases the growth, advancement and adoption of Ethernet technology around the world.

HPE Slingshot is a high-performance network for HPE Cray supercomputers designed for exascale era supercomputing of diverse simulation, modelling, AI and analytics workloads on one system.

Ethernet compatible, HPE Slingshot enables straightforward execution of cloud-like, converged workloads in a supercomputing environment.


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