JUNE 18–22, 2017

Session Details

Name: BoF 03: A Holistic Approach to Exascale - Co-Design Architecture, Intelligent Networks and InfiniBand Routing
Time: Monday, June 19, 2017
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Room:   Kontrast  
Speaker:   Scott Atchley, ORNL
  Richard Graham, Mellanox
  Gerald Lotto, Mellanox
  Gilad Shainer, Mellanox
Abstract:   The latest revolution in HPC is the move to a co-design architecture, a collaborative effort among industry thought leaders, academia, and manufacturers to reach Exascale performance by taking a holistic system-level approach to fundamental performance improvements. Co-design architecture exploits system efficiency and optimizes performance by creating synergies between the hardware and the software, and between the different hardware elements within data centers. Co-design recognizes that the CPU has reached the limits of its scalability, and offers an intelligent network as the new “co-processor” to share the responsibility for handling and accelerating application workloads. By placing data-related algorithms on an intelligent network, we can dramatically improve data center and application performance. Smart interconnect solutions are based on an offloading architecture, which can offload all network functions from the CPU to the network, freeing CPU cycles and increasing the system’s efficiency. With new efforts in the co-design approach, the interconnect will include more and more data algorithms that will be managed and executed within the network, allowing users to run data algorithms on the data as the data being transferred within the system interconnect, rather than waiting for the data to reach the CPU. The future interconnect will deliver In-Network Computing and In-Network Memory, which is the leading approach to achieve performance and scalability for Exascale systems. Furthermore, the emergence of InfiniBand routers as specified by the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) enable unlimited scale for compute and storage infrastructures. IBTA representatives, and technology experts will share their insight behind these recent developments.

Targeted Audience
  • System administrators
  • Academic researchers
  • Data center architects
  • HPC industry representatives