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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


Recap: Open Fabrics Developer Workshop 2013
Industry Insights: Storage at a Distance
SC13 Award Nominations
Upcoming SC13 Deadlines

SuperComputing 2013
Nov 17 – 21, 2013

May 2013

Recap: Open Fabrics Developer Workshop 2013

Last month, we attended the annual Workshop hosted by OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) in Monterey, Calif. The event consisted of industry-wide discussions around HPC interconnect and next generation computing solutions for the enterprise data center.

InsideHPC put together the Open Fabrics Developer Workshop 2013 Gallery, featuring videos of each presentation from the OFA Workshop, including those on RDMA and InfiniBand. Additionally, slides from each workshop presentation can be found here.

Check out some of the IBTA-related presentations and videos, including:

Presentations Slides

Video Presentations

Industry Insights: Storage at a Distance

Following last month’s OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop, industry chatter on the topics of HPC, RDMA and InfiniBand heated up, generating discussions in a wide variety of outlets, including a post by Tom Coughlin on his Forbes blog, Storage Bytes.

In his post “Storage at a Distance,” Coughlin highlighted the benefits customers experience by adopting RDMA solutions.

RDMA allows achieving full wire speed allowing continuous data transfers at the full speed available through the communications connection. Data is divided into packets of data, not bytes, in flight (e.g. there can be up to 8 million 2Kbyte packets in flight at one time). With this approach the source and client CPU and memory bandwidth demand for transporting this data is negligible and thus the network bandwidth is not gated by the processor speed.” – Tom Coughlin, Forbes

We’re pleased to see a continued conversation around RDMA and InfiniBand in HPC and we look forward to more discussions.

Thanks again to the OFA for a successful and informative event.

SC13 Award Nominations

SC13 is now accepting nominations for three distinguished awards that will be presented at the conference in November.

  • The IEEE Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award. Established in 1997, the award recognizes innovative contributions to HPC systems that best exemplify
    the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray. Previous winners have been recognized for design, engineering and intellectual leadership in creating innovative and successful
    HPC systems.
  • The IEEE Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award. This award was established in 1992 in honor of Sidney Fernbach, one of the pioneers in the development and application of high performance computers for solving large computational problems. Nominations that recognize creation of widely-used and innovative software packages, application software and tools are especially solicited. The Fernbach award winner receives a certificate
    and $2,000.
  • The ACM-IEEE Ken Kennedy Award. The ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award, established in 2009, is presented for outstanding contributions to programmability or productivity in computing, together with significant community service or mentoring contributions. The award was established in memory of Ken Kennedy, the founder of Rice University's nationally ranked computer science program and one of the world's foremost experts on high performance computing. Awardees receive a certificate and a $5,000 honorarium.

If you’re interested in nominating your company’s products, solutions or customers for any of the SC13 awards, please visit the SC13 website.

Winners will be announced and presented at SC13 this November in Denver, CO.

Upcoming SC13 Deadlines

A number SC13 deadlines are fast approaching, including those for Birds of a Feather presentations and the call for posters. Below, please find a comprehensive list of all of the upcoming submission deadlines.

HPC Educator: Participant Application 11:59PM ET, June 6, 2013
Little Fe Buildout Proposal 11:59PM ET, June 6, 2013
Broader Engagement: Student Application 11:59PM ET, June 19, 2013
Broader Engagement: Faculty/Professional App 11:59PM ET, June 19, 2013
HPC Impact Showcase 11:59PM ET June 30, 2013
Birds of a Feather 11:59PM ET, July 31, 2013
Doctoral Research Showcase: Dissertation Showcase 11:59PM ET, July 31, 2013
Doctoral Research Showcase: Early Research Showcase 11:59PM ET, July 31, 2013
Emerging Technologies 11:59PM ET, July 31, 2013
Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates Application 11:59PM ET, July 31, 2013
Poster: ACM Student Research Competition 11:59PM ET, July 31, 2013
Poster: Standard, Electronic, and Education 11:59PM ET, July 31, 2013
Scientific Visualization Showcase 11:59PM ET, July 31, 2013
Student Volunteer Application 11:59PM ET, July 31, 2013
If you’re looking for more information on upcoming SC13 deadlines, head over to the SC13 online submission headquarters.
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