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Primeur weekly 2020-10-12

Focus

Future of European HPC and TOP500 in the picture at Russian Supercomputing Days ...

Two European approaches for modelling and mapping the COVID-19 pandemic ...

European-Brazilian consortium joins forces in advanced HPC wind turbine simulations for use in on- and offshore wind energy farms ...

Exascale supercomputing

PerMedCoE: Exascale-ready cell-level simulations for European Personalised Medicine ...

Quantum computing

New algorithm could unleash the power of quantum computers ...

Light Rider unveils quantum LiFi technology to create next-generation network security ...

Research and Markets to issue report on Quantum Networking: A Ten-year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis ...

Focus on Europe

Linköping University chooses Atos to build Sweden's largest supercomputer for AI ...

Atos inaugurates BullSequana XH2000 at CSC - the fastest supercomputer in the Nordics ...

Making supercomputers carbon neutral - CSC's data centre will be powered with hydro-electricity supplied by Vattenfall ...

Middleware

Verne Global achieves Dell Technologies Platinum Partner status ...

Altair acquires M-Base Engineering + Software GmbH, leader in plastics material data and technology ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems launches rack DLC CHx200 CDU ...

NVIDIA introduces new family of BlueField DPUs to bring breakthrough networking, storage and security performance to every data centre ...

CoolIT prevails against Asetek, PTAB determines no challenged claims unpatentable ...

CMKL University implementing DDN and NVIDIA solution for AI-centric supercomputing and research ...

OpenFive and AnalogX to provide optimized Chip-to-Chip interface IP solutions ...

Defense and intelligence executive Melvin Cordova joined Tachyum Government Corp. ...

TrendForce announces tech industry trends for 2021 ...

Cerebras Systems appoints Tony Maslowski as Chief Financial Officer ...

DoD deploys three Liqid composable supercomputing facilities powered by NVIDIA A100 GPU computing and NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand smart networking ...

Panasas ActiveStor data storage supports materials research for dozens of scientists conducting intensive 4D modelling studies at MINES ParisTech University ...

Pavilion expands a US federal deployment, bringing the multi-year relationship to an eight-figure investment, to safeguard American lives ...

C-DAC to commission India's fastest HPC-AI supercomputer PARAM Siddhi - AI with NVIDIA ...

NVIDIA announces partnership with GSK's AI-powered Lab for Discovery of Medicines and Vaccines ...

NVIDIA announces ready-made NVIDIA DGX SuperPODs, offered by global network of certified partners ...

Supermicro expands its portfolio bringing highest density 4U server with NVIDIA HGX A100s 8-GPU and 8U SuperBlade supporting 20 A100 PCI-E GPUs ...

Supermicro to support NVIDIA Bluefield-2 DPU on industry's broadest portfolio of servers optimized for accelerated computational workloads in AI, AR/DR, and data analytics ...

Applications

NVIDIA building large computing system, dedicated to AI research in health care ...

An electrical trigger fires single, identical photons ...

Could megatesla magnetic fields be realized on Earth? ...

Top computer scientists and statisticians launch Foundations of Data Science conference ...

Comet supercomputer calculations boost understanding of immune system ...

Corona supercomputer gets funding for COVID-19 work ...

Steady progress in the battle against COVID-19 at Brookhaven National Laboratory ...

Texascale Days at TACC: Eight research teams test their codes at the largest scale on Frontera ...

Supercomputing helps advance predictive science, exascale computing ...

The Cloud

Inspur unveils Cloud SmartNIC solution based on NVIDIA DPU at GTC 2020 ...

Inspur unveils Cloud SmartNIC solution based on NVIDIA DPU at GTC 2020


5 Oct 2020 San Jose - Inspur, a data centre and AI full-stack solutions provider, has unveiled its Cloud SmartNIC solution based on NVIDIA BlueField-2 data processing unit (DPU) at GTC 2020 . The Inspur Cloud SmartNIC solution deeply integrates the Inspur Server with NVIDIA DPU, enabling the combined capabilities of embedded processing, SmartNIC networking and high-performance PCIe 4.0 host interface, which can deliver hyper-performance network acceleration at a speed of up to 200Gb/s. The Cloud SmartNIC is used for offloading functions like traffic management, storage virtualization, and security isolation, significantly freeing CPU computing resources, and delivering efficient software-defined, hardware-accelerated services for AI, Big Data analytics, Cloud, virtualization, microsegmentation, and next-generation firewalls.

The DPU, a key part of network computing, is a new accelerated computing element. It is an integrated system on a chip that combines a programmable multi-core Arm CPU, state-of-the-art SmartNIC networking, high-performance PCIe interface, and a powerful set of networking, storage, and security features. It offloads functions like software-defined networking (SDN), software-defined storage (SDS), and encryption and security processing from the host CPU. In the traditional model, legacy appliances or the CPU were required to run data center services. In the hardware-accelerated, NVIDIA BlueField DPU-enabled server, these services are offloaded to the DPU, freeing the CPU to run applications, and accelerating data centre services that are safe, reliable, convenient, and powerful.

Today's data centres must run a combination of modern, accelerated applications - such as AI and high-performance data analytics, alongside existing legacy applications. Traditional data centre networking, storage, and security technologies can effectively deal with north-south traffic coming in and out of the data centre. But they are inadequate to address distributed, Cloud-native, accelerated workloads based on dynamic microservices. These services move around the data centre as workloads scale out, and most of the traffic is east-west, or between nodes within the data centre. Moreover, fixed-function security appliances lack the flexibility to scale and support Cloud-native applications, and thus expose a large attack surface through unprotected east-west communications and virtual machine (VM)-to-VM traffic.

The software-defined data centre implements networking, storage, and security functions as software running on powerful servers, and is more flexible and scalable than architectures based on fixed appliances. It also achieves application compatibility and resource scalability by pushing data centre functions into software running on VMs or containers. However, this flexibility and scalability comes at the expense of additional CPU loading as a result of software-defined services and resource virtualization. The challenge is to conserve precious CPU resources while efficiently integrating and accelerating Cloud, data access, and AI capabilities with the scalability of software-defined data centres and Cloud-native applications.

Through a dedicated intelligent hardware-accelerated data centre services chip, the Cloud SmartNIC solution enables advanced networking functions of the software-defined data centre, such as virtual switching and routing, load balancing, and virtual machine and container networking services. For storage, the NVMe controller is accelerated by the DPU to allow high-performance flash to be spread across all the nodes in the data centre and offer elastic block storage capabilities to applications. As the foundation of a secure platform, the DPU offers a hardware root of trust, secure firmware authentication and updates, and encryption accelerators. Additional advanced security accelerators offload connection tracking, deep packet inspection, and regular expression matching to accelerate next-generation firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention systems.

Liu Jun, GM of AI and HPC at Inspur, noted: "Inspur is innovating four key processes in the data centre - producing, scheduling, aggregating, and releasing AI computing power. The Cloud SmartNIC solution can efficiently empower computing power aggregation, deliver maximum computing power, and effectively tackle major challenges in big data analytics, data processing, and hyperscale AI model training."

"Solutions that build on NVIDIA BlueField-2 DPUs deliver more efficient accelerated networking functions for users of enterprise applications. Optimized to offload critical networking, storage and security tasks from CPUs, BlueField-2 DPUs enable organisations to transform their IT infrastructure into state-of-the-art data centers that are accelerated, fully programmable and armed with 'zero-trust' security features to prevent data breaches and cyberattacks", stated Erik Pounds, head of product marketing, enterprise computing, at NVIDIA.

Source: Inspur

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2020-10-12

Focus

Future of European HPC and TOP500 in the picture at Russian Supercomputing Days ...

Two European approaches for modelling and mapping the COVID-19 pandemic ...

European-Brazilian consortium joins forces in advanced HPC wind turbine simulations for use in on- and offshore wind energy farms ...

Exascale supercomputing

PerMedCoE: Exascale-ready cell-level simulations for European Personalised Medicine ...

Quantum computing

New algorithm could unleash the power of quantum computers ...

Light Rider unveils quantum LiFi technology to create next-generation network security ...

Research and Markets to issue report on Quantum Networking: A Ten-year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis ...

Focus on Europe

Linköping University chooses Atos to build Sweden's largest supercomputer for AI ...

Atos inaugurates BullSequana XH2000 at CSC - the fastest supercomputer in the Nordics ...

Making supercomputers carbon neutral - CSC's data centre will be powered with hydro-electricity supplied by Vattenfall ...

Middleware

Verne Global achieves Dell Technologies Platinum Partner status ...

Altair acquires M-Base Engineering + Software GmbH, leader in plastics material data and technology ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems launches rack DLC CHx200 CDU ...

NVIDIA introduces new family of BlueField DPUs to bring breakthrough networking, storage and security performance to every data centre ...

CoolIT prevails against Asetek, PTAB determines no challenged claims unpatentable ...

CMKL University implementing DDN and NVIDIA solution for AI-centric supercomputing and research ...

OpenFive and AnalogX to provide optimized Chip-to-Chip interface IP solutions ...

Defense and intelligence executive Melvin Cordova joined Tachyum Government Corp. ...

TrendForce announces tech industry trends for 2021 ...

Cerebras Systems appoints Tony Maslowski as Chief Financial Officer ...

DoD deploys three Liqid composable supercomputing facilities powered by NVIDIA A100 GPU computing and NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand smart networking ...

Panasas ActiveStor data storage supports materials research for dozens of scientists conducting intensive 4D modelling studies at MINES ParisTech University ...

Pavilion expands a US federal deployment, bringing the multi-year relationship to an eight-figure investment, to safeguard American lives ...

C-DAC to commission India's fastest HPC-AI supercomputer PARAM Siddhi - AI with NVIDIA ...

NVIDIA announces partnership with GSK's AI-powered Lab for Discovery of Medicines and Vaccines ...

NVIDIA announces ready-made NVIDIA DGX SuperPODs, offered by global network of certified partners ...

Supermicro expands its portfolio bringing highest density 4U server with NVIDIA HGX A100s 8-GPU and 8U SuperBlade supporting 20 A100 PCI-E GPUs ...

Supermicro to support NVIDIA Bluefield-2 DPU on industry's broadest portfolio of servers optimized for accelerated computational workloads in AI, AR/DR, and data analytics ...

Applications

NVIDIA building large computing system, dedicated to AI research in health care ...

An electrical trigger fires single, identical photons ...

Could megatesla magnetic fields be realized on Earth? ...

Top computer scientists and statisticians launch Foundations of Data Science conference ...

Comet supercomputer calculations boost understanding of immune system ...

Corona supercomputer gets funding for COVID-19 work ...

Steady progress in the battle against COVID-19 at Brookhaven National Laboratory ...

Texascale Days at TACC: Eight research teams test their codes at the largest scale on Frontera ...

Supercomputing helps advance predictive science, exascale computing ...

The Cloud

Inspur unveils Cloud SmartNIC solution based on NVIDIA DPU at GTC 2020 ...