InfiniBand is set to hit 200Gbps (bits per second) in products that were announced Thursday, potentially accelerating machine-learning platforms as well as HPC (high-performance computing) systems. The massive computing performance of new servers equipped with GPUs calls for high network speeds, and these systems are quickly being deployed to handle machine-learning tasks, Dell'Oro Group analyst Sameh Boujelbene said. So-called HDR InfiniBand, which will be generally available next year in three sets of products from Mellanox Technologies, will double the top speed of InfiniBand. It will also have twice the top speed of Ethernet. But the high-performance crowd that's likely to adopt this new interconnect is a small one, Boujelbene said.
"Mellanox's smart Switch-IB 2 switches enable the University of Tokyo to leverage new in-network computing capabilities, allowing data algorithms to be managed and executed by the network devices," said Gilad Shainer, vice president, marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "EDR 100G InfiniBand offers world-leading performance, scalability and efficiency enabling the University of Tokyo to be at the forefront of research, and scientific discovery." "We are pleased to have installed Mellanox's InfiniBand high-performance solutions to drive our new integrated supercomputer system," said Professor Hiroshi Nakamura, Director of the Information Technology Center, The University of Tokyo. "Our new system is key to advancing ongoing research and expanding the exciting work being carried out that is leveraging computational science and engineering, computer science, data analysis, and machine learning." Mellanox InfiniBand adapters provide the highest performing interconnect solution for High-Performance Computing, Enterprise Data Centers, Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, and embedded environments.
A typical Aurora server platform includes from one to four InfiniBand adapters. The top-of-the-line Aurora platform utilizes 32 ConnectX adapters to support 64 vector engines in a single system. The NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA systems leverage general-purpose vector-based NEC coprocessors and Mellanox in-network computing interconnect accelerators to achieve the highest application performance and scalability.
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Researchers will benefit to access to technology their classical predecessors working in Ancient Library of Alexandria could never have dreamed of. An Egyptian library with a heritage dating back over 2,000 years is set to build a high performance supercomputer in order to help academics perform scientific research with far more power than their classical counterparts could have imagined. Located on the shore of the Mediterranean sea, Bibliotheca Alexandrina opened in 2002 but was built to commemorate the Ancient Library of Alexandria, one of the largest libraries of the ancient world. The original library was destroyed by the subsequent efforts of Julius Caesar's Legions and later Dark Age invaders of Egypt. The New Library of Alexandria, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, is therefore dedicated to "recapturing the spirit of openness and scholarship" of the original library, containing a general library - which can hold up to a million books - and six specialised libraries.