The objective of the NCSA Blue Waters' project is to deliver a supercomputer capable of processing 1 quadrillion calculations per second (one petaflop). The project is a combined effort between the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IBM and the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. The project is also supported by the National Science Foundation.
As the Blue Waters project progressed, the security team at NCSA realized their existing technology would not support the higher speed 10Gbps network connections required for the remote collaboration between the project researchers. The team turned to Gigamon's GigaVUE-2404 intelligent data access switch to enable centralized monitoring for their higher performance network.
Using the GigaVUE solution as their cornerstone, the security team at NCSA developed a robust monitoring architecture that allows them to aggregate multiple 10Gbps connections between the border routers/WAN, balance the aggregated traffic load, provide active failover, and replicate the traffic to existing Bro IDS and Netflow tools, ensuring that all network traffic is visible to the centralized security suite.
"With Gigamon appliances, NCSA is able to protect its cyber infrastructure to best serve the researches who use that cyber infrastructure to advance science and engineering", stated Mike Dopheide, Security Engineer at NCSA.
"Gigamon is proud to have been selected for one of this nation's most important computing projects", stated Ted Ho, company Co-Founder and CEO. "Network scalability, information security and data visibility are of the utmost importance in advanced networking projects like Blue Waters, and this is specifically why we created our Intelligent Data Access Networking Technology."