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Primeur weekly 2016-11-07

Focus

EGI to finalize service catalogue and ISO certification ...

Exascale supercomputing

SLAC and Berkeley Lab researchers prepare for scientific computing on the exascale ...

Quantum computing

Researchers nearly reached quantum limit with nanodrums ...

Focus on Europe

New approach for ARM-based technology to halve the cost of powering data centres ...

PRACE to award contracts in third and final phase of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) ...

PRACE welcomes new Managing Director Serge Bogaerts ...

PRACE 2016 Digest Special Edition on Industry is out ...

Supercomputer comes up with a profile of dark matter ...

Middleware

Bright Computing supplies Bright OpenStack to Stony Brook University ...

DDN Annual High Performance Computing Trends survey reveals rising deployment of flash tiers and private/hybrid Clouds versus public for HPC ...

With Corral 3, TACC provides a more unified data structure and increased space ...

Hardware

Mellanox launches open source software initiative for routers, load balancers, and firewalls ...

Mellanox Multi-Host technology reshapes data centre economics ...

Cray awarded $26 million contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise completes acquisition of SGI ...

Centre for Modelling & Simulation in Bristol launches new supercomputer ...

Baylor University selects Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer to power innovative research ...

SGI awarded $27 million systems contract with the Army Research Laboratory Defense Supercomputing Resource Center ...

Applications

XSEDE spins off annual conference to unite research computing community ...

Researchers at UCSB explore the delicate balance between coherence and control with a simple but complete platform for quantum processing ...

Cosmic connection: KITP's Greg Huber worked with nuclear physicists to confirm a structural similarity found in both human cells and neutron stars ...

New technique for creating NV-doped nanodiamonds may be boost for quantum computing ...

New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground ...

The Cloud

IBM drives Cloud storage with new all-flash and software defined solutions ...

Capital markets firms continue to invest in hardware for compute Grids alongside growing Cloud adoption, according to TABB Group Research ...

Mellanox launches open source software initiative for routers, load balancers, and firewalls

2 Nov 2016 Sunnyvale, Yokneam - Mellanox Technologies has launched a new open source software initiative to enable advanced open networking platforms such as routers, load balancers, and firewalls. A key part of the initiative is the release of the first ever software development kit: OpenNPU SDK, for the company's most advanced network processor unit (NPU), the NPS-400.

OpenNPU is made available under either GPL or BSD license to enable developers to explore, research, and innovate with true programmable packet processing at 600 million packets per seconds. The OpenNPU SDK addresses the need for open source software aimed at the increasing number of open networking platforms proliferating the market today.

"The market for networking devices is undergoing a major paradigm shift, moving away from closed proprietary OEM network equipment and migrating towards open platforms that are both flexible and configurable", stated Dror Goldenberg, vice president software architecture, Mellanox Technologies. "We are in full support of this movement as evidenced by our initiative to open source the entire suite of Mellanox software for our NPS family of network processors."

"Making an open source SDK available for the NPS-400 is a natural evolution of the Mellanox NPU offering", stated Bob Wheeler, principal analyst at The Linley Group. "With its support for GNU-based tools and Linux, the NPS architecture makes programming an NPU easier and more accessible than any prior merchant product."

OpenNPU is part of a community-wide effort to explore and redefine the boundaries and capabilities of high speed network processors. As such, OpenNPU is open to individual contributors, academic and research institutions as well commercial organisations wishing to participate. The goal of the OpenNPU is to engage with the community to provide an environment for rapid prototyping and innovation. The OpenNPU development environment is ideal for experts in high speed line rate data plane programming, Linux kernel networking stacks, DPDK, deep packet inspection, and other advanced networking applications.

In addition, Mellanox is launching a university partnership programme aimed at fostering the development of open source APIs and enabling a multi-vendor ecosystem aimed at dramatically accelerating software-defined networking. As part of this programme, Mellanox will provide NPS equipment and technical support to participating universities for the development of advanced technology projects. Terms and scope of each project are to be mutually agreed upon by Mellanox and the prospective university.

NPS is a family of high-end network processors capable of very sophisticated packet processing functions and is programmable in C in the Linux environment. The NPS is capable of performing L2-7 packet processing and is well-tuned for router-type functions as well as more sophisticated functions like deep packet processing for intrusion protection/detection systems (IPS/IDS), application recognition, firewalling and cyber-attack prevention, and distributed denial of service (DDOS) mitigation.

OpenNPU is a complete SDK for the NPS-400 packet processor, including open source driver software, APIs, control and data path libraries, and complete toolchain to program the NPS-400 network processor. In addition, the kit also provides reference applications for switching, routing and IPSec processing. The Accelerated Linux Virtual server (LVS) is provided as an example of how the OpenNPU can be used to provide significant hardware acceleration to the Linux kernel networking stack.
Source: Mellanox

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Primeur weekly 2016-11-07

Focus

EGI to finalize service catalogue and ISO certification ...

Exascale supercomputing

SLAC and Berkeley Lab researchers prepare for scientific computing on the exascale ...

Quantum computing

Researchers nearly reached quantum limit with nanodrums ...

Focus on Europe

New approach for ARM-based technology to halve the cost of powering data centres ...

PRACE to award contracts in third and final phase of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) ...

PRACE welcomes new Managing Director Serge Bogaerts ...

PRACE 2016 Digest Special Edition on Industry is out ...

Supercomputer comes up with a profile of dark matter ...

Middleware

Bright Computing supplies Bright OpenStack to Stony Brook University ...

DDN Annual High Performance Computing Trends survey reveals rising deployment of flash tiers and private/hybrid Clouds versus public for HPC ...

With Corral 3, TACC provides a more unified data structure and increased space ...

Hardware

Mellanox launches open source software initiative for routers, load balancers, and firewalls ...

Mellanox Multi-Host technology reshapes data centre economics ...

Cray awarded $26 million contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise completes acquisition of SGI ...

Centre for Modelling & Simulation in Bristol launches new supercomputer ...

Baylor University selects Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer to power innovative research ...

SGI awarded $27 million systems contract with the Army Research Laboratory Defense Supercomputing Resource Center ...

Applications

XSEDE spins off annual conference to unite research computing community ...

Researchers at UCSB explore the delicate balance between coherence and control with a simple but complete platform for quantum processing ...

Cosmic connection: KITP's Greg Huber worked with nuclear physicists to confirm a structural similarity found in both human cells and neutron stars ...

New technique for creating NV-doped nanodiamonds may be boost for quantum computing ...

New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground ...

The Cloud

IBM drives Cloud storage with new all-flash and software defined solutions ...

Capital markets firms continue to invest in hardware for compute Grids alongside growing Cloud adoption, according to TABB Group Research ...