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Fujitsu Awarded Imperial Invention Prize for High-Dimensional Supercomputer Interconnect Technology


29 May 2014 Tokyo - Fujitsu's invention of high-dimensional interconnect technology, which is used in the K computer Fujitsu jointly developed with RIKEN as well as the company's own FUJITSU Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10, was awarded the Imperial Invention Prize. This prize is given to the most outstanding invention at the National Commendation for Invention sponsored by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation. The award ceremony is scheduled to be held on July 8, 2014, at the Hotel Okura Tokyo.

Today, the world's top supercomputers are massively parallel computers with processors connected to up to tens of thousands of nodes. In massively parallel computers, if there is a failure in any of the compute notes, the failed nodes are isolated and the operation of the system is maintained, but the isolation method affects overall system performance and availability. In conventional node structures, pre-partitioned meshes are connected by switches, and when there is a failure, each partition that includes a failed node will be isolated. However, as a result, nodes that have not failed are also included in the isolated partitions, leading to a decline in system availability.

To overcome this problem, Fujitsu invented high-dimensional interconnect technology that does not employ partitioning switches. This technology enables failed nodes to be circumvented, no decline in the level of parallelism that can be executed, and a high level of system availability to be maintained. This technology is being used in the K computer, which interconnects 88,128 nodes, and which was named the world's top-performing supercomputer in the 37th and 38th editions of the TOP500 List of the world's top supercomputers in 2011. In addition to the K computer, this technology is employed in the PRIMEHPC FX10, which is deployed in academic institutions and corporations around the world and is also being used in the successor model of the PRIMEHPC FX10, which is currently under development.

Awardees include:

  • Imperial Invention Prize: Yuichiro Ajima, Senior Architect, Next Generation Technical Computing Unit
  • Imperial Invention Prize: Tomohiro Inoue, Manager, Next Generation Technical Computing Unit
  • Imperial Invention Prize: Shinya Hiramoto, Next Generation Technical Computing Unit
  • Distinguished Service Prize for Employment of Invention: Masami Yamamoto, President and Representative Director

The high-dimensional interconnect technology is comprised of a predetermined number of nodes that are grouped together on a grid, with the groups linked together using a torus connection configuration. A torus is a structure in which multiple groups are connected in a ring configuration, with the rings connecting different groups combined in a grid. With this invention, the partitioning of the group can be positioned where one chooses. Since the partitioned units are small, a variety of parallel programmes can be simultaneously executed with excellent efficiency.

In this configuration, partitioned switches are unnecessary, while the increase in dimensionality has the effect of increasing the number of connection ports, which are all communication paths that contribute to computational performance. In addition, failures can be isolated not only at the level of individual partitions, but within the partitions as well. In the event of isolation within a partition, a virtual loop connection is used for the seamlessly uninterrupted pathway between the rings connecting the groups and the grid structure within individual groups.
Source: Fujitsu

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Primeur weekly 2014-06-02

Special

Interview with Jan Bot and Cristina Aiftimiei about the SURFsara MOOC on-line training on Grid computing ...

Interview with Yuliya Fetyukova and Peter Ittzes about the BioVeL biodiversity portal and Crowd computing ...

Counting and analyzing butterfly species and their occurrence in Europe with BioVeL ...

Teaching Grid computing in a Massive Open Online Course ...

Exascale supercomputing

20 years of Beowulf: Workshop to honour Thomas Sterling's 65th birthday ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Mainframe Linux and Cloud Center in Beijing ...

EuroFlash

Allinea Software's tools simplify development of High Performance Embedded Computing ...

Allinea DDT adds day-one support for NVIDIA CUDA 6 ...

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod officially launched the "Lobachevsky" supercomputer ...

PRACEdays14 concludes with 3 Awards ...

USFlash

Worldwide server market revenues decreased -2.2% in first quarter as volume server demand improves, according to IDC ...

Fujitsu Awarded Imperial Invention Prize for High-Dimensional Supercomputer Interconnect Technology ...

NEC receives order for SX-ACE vector supercomputer from Tohoku University, Osaka University and the National Institute for Environmental Studies ...

Sandia gets ready for the computers of the future ...

More realistic than ever before: CAST releases beta version of wysiwyg R33 ...

wysiwyg makes light of Macao's 'Rhythm of Life' celebration ...

Silicon Mechanics awards 2014 Research Cluster Grant to Wayne State University ...

Supermicro introduces 1U 32" 12x 3.5" HDD storage solutions ...

Cirrascale launches SM4490D with NexentaStor 4.0, the industry's first enterprise-class Software-Defined Storage solution ...

New University of Colorado study illuminates how cancer-killing gene may actually work ...