The supercomputer industry today is faced with the challenge of increasing supercomputer performance nearly 100x to ExaScale by 2020.
The solution is opening the door for global innovations: The success of the InfiniCortex demonstrated the aggregation of many globally distributed supercomputers into a hive-mind of enormous scale, bringing to light the scalability and lasting value of InfiniBand.
The solution is enabling international collaboration: Partners from many entities including Japan's Tokyo Institute of Technology (TITECH), Australia's National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Princeton, Stony Brook and Georgia Institute of Technology realized measured application transfer rates approaching theoretical limits, including:
Obsidian technology re-defines InfiniBand: Longbow provided hardware-encrypted WAN links for data and system security, resulting in a highly deployable communications fabric suitable for demanding applications in not only scientific computing, but also storage, data centre, Cloud and enterprise environments. The InfiniCortex also spanned three independently managed InfiniBand subnets, natively bridged by Crossbow R400 devices and configured and monitored by its enhanced subnet manager, BGFC.
Dr. David Southwell, chief visionary officer, Obsidian Strategics, stated: "As data usage continues to escalate, organisations from around the world are looking at new network architectures. Because high throughput efficiencies and deterministic traffic flows are notoriously difficult to achieve at high data rates across long-distance circuits, Obsidian's Longbow devices are a critical enabler in the processing of these extremely large data sets. We are thrilled to see the stunning results from this inaugural demonstration and are proud to have been a part of it."
Dr. Marek Michalewicz, senior director for A*Star CRC, stated: "I am thrilled and happy with the success of our InfiniCortex demo at SC14. It was an undertaking of enormous complexity, involving some thirty different parties, from international data carriers, national research networks, universities' and labs' research groups and thirteen partner and sponsor vendor companies. We are pleased that all seven applications and the entire InfiniBand network worked perfectly. I'm privileged to be working with an excellent group of technical experts who are dedicated and committed - and I wish to thank them all."