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A*STAR, Obsidian, Tata join forces for supercomputer project

Posted: 11 Nov 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:supercomputer? InfiniCortex? InfiniBand?

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Computational Research Centre, Obsidian Strategics and Tata Communications have teamed up to meet the ExaScale challenge of building a supercomputer that can deliver one quintillion calculations per second.

The partners view this platform as a means to lead the future of global supercomputer developments in architectures, algorithms, software and applications.

The team will demonstrate a "world's first" transmission of data at a speed of 100Gbit/s across the Pacific via subsea optical cables at the Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) conference.

Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) will provide the connectivity within Singapore while Tata Communications will contribute the transpacific capacity on its wholly owned subsea cables TGN-IA, connecting Singapore to Japan. From there, the connectivity will continue on Tata Communications' TGN-P across the Pacific to Seattle, where the connection will run to New Orleans using Century Link's transcontinental fibre, where SCinet will terminate the circuit at the A*STAR booth.

To demonstrate the feasibility and lasting value of the platform, a team from A*STAR, led by Dr. Marek Michalewicz, will overlay an architecture called the InfiniCortex initiative. This initiative is aimed at developing and deploying coordination and scheduling algorithms capable of leveraging the global InfiniBand network to efficiently harness remote supercomputing equipment on single tasks.

Obsidian Strategics will provide the Longbow devices that transparently interface supercomputer InfiniBand local area networks with encrypted links across standard WAN infrastructure, Crossbow devices that route traffic between InfiniBand subnets and BGFC, an enhanced subnet manager that coordinates the global InfiniBand fabric across multiple subnets.

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