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Researchers have demonstrated the potential of a new class of fiber to increase transmission capacity and mitigate the impending capacity crunch.

Record Data Transmission Demonstrated over Specially Fabricated Fiber

October 27, 2014 3:45 pm | by Eindhoven University of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers report the successful transmission of a record high 255 Terabits/s over a new type of fiber allowing 21 times more bandwidth than currently available in communication networks. This new type of fiber could be an answer to mitigating the impending optical transmission capacity crunch caused by the increasing bandwidth demand.

IBM Launches Humanitarian Initiatives to Help Contain Ebola

October 27, 2014 3:16 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM has launched several initiatives to help curb the spread of Ebola in West Africa. They...

Light-enabled Wi-fi could Tackle Global Data Crunch

October 22, 2014 9:50 am | by University of Edinburgh | News | Comments

High-speed bi-directional wireless technology that uses light to send information securely...

DOE’s High-Speed Network to Boost Big Data Transfers by Extending 100G Connectivity across Atlantic

October 20, 2014 10:44 am | by ESnet | News | Comments

The DOE’s Energy Sciences Network, or ESnet, is deploying four new high-speed transatlantic...

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DOE’s High-Speed Network to Boost Big Data Transfers by Extending 100G Connectivity across Atlantic

Meeting the Technical Challenges of Transatlantic Connectivity

October 20, 2014 10:39 am | by ESnet | News | Comments

When ESnet engineers began to study the idea of building a new 100 Gbps network between the US and Europe, a primary concern was ensuring the service would be robust and built from multiple underlying links — so that if one went down, researchers could still rely on sufficient bandwidth. Based on data collected by Caltech physicist and networking pioneer Harvey Newman, the team understood multiple cables are sometimes cut simultaneously.

10/40/56 Gigabit Ethernet Switches for Hyperscale and Cloud Data Centers

10/40/56 Gigabit Ethernet Switches for Hyperscale and Cloud Data Centers

October 15, 2014 3:53 pm | Mellanox Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SX1400, SX1700 and SX1710 Ethernet switches are top-of-rack Open Ethernet software-defined networking (SDN) 10/40/56 Gigabit switches. Based on Mellanox’s SwitchX-2 switch ICs, they provide enhanced control plane capabilities and allow for the design of hyperscale data center networks and control-intensive cloud applications.

Male Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea). The Scarlet Tanager is a vibrant songster of eastern hardwood forests. Widespread breeders in the East, they are long-distance migrants that move all the way to South America for the winter. Courtesy of Kelly Colga

NSF Awards $15 Million to Environmental Science Data Project

October 10, 2014 3:38 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

As with the proverbial canary in the coal mine, birds serve as an indicator of the health of our environment. Many common species have experienced significant population declines within the last 40 years. Suggested causes include habitat loss and climate change, however to fully understand bird distribution relative to the environment, extensive data are needed.

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NASA’s Traffic and Atmospheric Information for General Aviation (TAIGA) technology system is capable of showing pilots the altitude of nearby terrain via color. Yellow identifies terrain that is near the aircraft’s altitude and red shows the terrain that

New NASA Technology Brings Critical Data to Pilots over Remote Alaskan Territories

October 10, 2014 11:58 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has formally delivered to Alaskan officials a new technology that could help pilots flying over the vast wilderness expanses of the northern-most state. The technology is designed to help pilots make better flight decisions, especially when disconnected from the Internet, telephone, flight services and other data sources normally used by pilots.

Mellanox has announced that its 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet interconnect solutions support the recently announced IBTA RoCEv2 specification.

Mellanox Supporting New RoCEv2 Specification

September 26, 2014 2:13 pm | by Mellanox | News | Comments

Mellanox Technologies a supplier of interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, has announced that its end-to-end 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet interconnect solutions support the recently announced IBTA RoCEv2 specification. The RoCEv2 standard enables routing RDMA traffic across Layer 3 Ethernet networks to address the needs of today’s evolving hyperscale Web 2.0 and cloud deployments.

A qubit (quantum bit) is the quantum state of a two-level quantum system. Courtesy of Clemens Adolphs

Putting the Squeeze on Quantum Information

September 26, 2014 12:56 pm | by Canadian Institute for Advanced Research | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that information stored in quantum bits can be exponentially compressed without losing information. The achievement is an important proof of principle, and could be useful for efficient quantum communications and information storage. Compression is vital for modern digital communication. It helps movies to stream quickly over the Internet and millions of telephone calls to bounce off of satellites.

Arctica 4806xp Open Network Switches

Arctica 4806xp Open Network Switches

August 12, 2014 4:15 pm | Penguin Computing | Product Releases | Comments

The Arctica 4806xp open network switch is based on the Broadcom StrataXGS Trident II chipset. It is the first 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet Top-of-Rack (ToR) open switch using an x86 control processor, which provides a flexible platform for Software Defined Networking and customer defined applications.

ESnet's Eli Dart moved 56 TB of climate data from 21 sites to NERSC, a task that took three months. In contrast, it took just two days to transfer the raw dataset using Globus from NERSC  to the Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory.

Weathering the Flood of Big Data in Climate Research

August 6, 2014 4:16 pm | by ESnet | News | Comments

Big Data, it seems, is everywhere, usually characterized as a Big Problem. But researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are adept at accessing, sharing, moving and analyzing massive scientific datasets. At a July 14-16, 2014, workshop focused on climate science, Berkeley Lab experts shared their expertise with other scientists working with big datasets.

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John D’Ambrosia is chairman of the Ethernet Alliance and chief Ethernet evangelist, CTO office at Dell.

Ethernet and Data Gathering for HPC

August 5, 2014 4:33 pm | by John D’Ambrosia | Blogs | Comments

In my 15 or so years leading the charge for Ethernet into higher speeds “high performance computing” and “research and development” have always been two areas that the industry could count on where higher speeds would be needed for its networking applications. For example, during the incarnation of the IEEE 802.3 Higher Speed Ethernet Study Group that looked beyond 10GbE, and ultimately defined the 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet ...

The confirmation of registration by the American CSNET was first e-mail received in Germany. Courtesy of KIT

First Internet-based E-mail Received in Germany 30 Years Ago

August 5, 2014 12:44 pm | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

It is the central means of communication of our times: Electronic mailing. Worldwide, short messages as well as large data packages can be exchanged rapidly and at low costs. 30 years ago, the first e-mail arrived in Germany at the then Universität Karlsruhe (TH), today’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. It was the first Internet-based connection between the American network CSNET (Computer Science Net) and the new Karlsruhe CSNET server.

A proof-of-concept technology reduces set up times for cloud-to-cloud connectivity from days to seconds. Courtesy of 百楽兎

Breakthrough Elastic Cloud-to-Cloud Networking Unveiled

July 30, 2014 9:32 am | by IBM | News | Comments

Scientists from AT&T, IBM and ACS announced a proof-of-concept technology that reduces set up times for cloud-to-cloud connectivity from days to seconds. This advance is a major step forward that could one day lead to sub-second provisioning time with IP and next-generation optical networking equipment and enables elastic bandwidth between clouds at high connection request rates using intelligent cloud data center orchestrators.

HPC-X Scalable Software Toolkit for High-Performance Computing Platforms and Applications

HPC-X Scalable Software Toolkit for High-Performance Computing Platforms and Applications

July 25, 2014 2:01 pm | Mellanox Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HPC-X Scalable Software Toolkit  is a comprehensive software suite for high-performance computing environments that provides enhancements to significantly increase the scalability and performance of message communications in the network. The toolkit provides complete communication libraries to support MPI, SHMEM and PGAS programming languages, as well as performance accelerators that take advantage of Mellanox scalable interconnect solutions.

IBM Expands High Performance Computing Capabilities in the Cloud

July 24, 2014 2:18 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM is making high performance computing more accessible through the cloud for clients grappling with big data and other computationally intensive activities. A new option from SoftLayer will provide industry-standard InfiniBand networking technology to connect SoftLayer bare metal servers. This will enable very high data throughput speeds between systems, allowing companies to move workloads traditionally associated with HPC to the cloud.

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No-wait Data Centers: System could reduce Transmission Delays by 99.6 Percent

July 18, 2014 3:59 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Big Web sites usually maintain their own “data centers,” banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users’ requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are prone to congestion: Packets of data arriving at the same router at the same time are put in a queue, and if the queues get too long, packets can be delayed.

Math Can Make the Internet 5 to 10 Times Faster

July 18, 2014 3:52 pm | by Aalborg University | News | Comments

Mathematical equations can make Internet communication via computer, mobile phone or satellite many times faster and more secure than today. Results with software developed by researchers from Aalborg University in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are attracting attention in the international technology media.

Internet Society to Measure, Display Quality of Connections around the World

July 18, 2014 3:47 pm | by Aalto University | News | Comments

Internet access is becoming increasingly mobile, and the next billion users will experience the Internet in new ways from those already online. The experience of Internet connectivity is far from uniform, and observing the variety of connectivity, and how it is changing over time is important. Smartphone users around the globe can download an app and contribute their measurements to a global picture of Internet diversity and evolution.

Making Quantum Connections: Speed of Information in a Spin Network

July 11, 2014 4:09 pm | by E. Edwards, Joint Quantum Institute | News | Comments

In quantum mechanics, interactions between particles can give rise to entanglement, which is a strange type of connection that could never be described by a non-quantum, classical theory. These connections, called quantum correlations, are present in entangled systems even if the objects are not physically linked. Entanglement is at the heart of what distinguishes purely quantum systems from classical ones — why they are potentially useful.

Ethernet in the TOP500

July 11, 2014 8:16 am | by John D’Ambrosia | Blogs | Comments

For the past 21 years, the TOP500.org has been ranking supercomputers by their performance on the LINPACK Benchmark. Reported two times a year, the release of the list is anticipated by the industry. As with any such ranking, the top of the list often garners the most attention. However, such emphasis on the top of such a list, would limit one’s understanding of the different supercomputers in the TOP500...

Research Could Lead to Dramatic Data Farm Energy Savings

July 2, 2014 3:52 pm | by Tina Hilding, Washington State University | News | Comments

Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent.                         

Demonstrating a Driverless Future

June 26, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

In the coming decades, we will likely commute to work and explore the countryside in autonomous, or driverless, cars capable of communicating with the roads they are traveling on. A convergence of technological innovations in embedded sensors, computer vision, artificial intelligence, control and automation, and computer processing power is making this feat a reality.

FCC Internet Neutrality rules — also referred to as Net Neutrality rules — currently apply, but thanks to pressure from Internet Service Providers (ISP), legislators and recent court rulings, that might change. Courtesy of Camilo Sanchez

Net Neutrality: No Demilitarized Zone

June 17, 2014 1:42 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Internet regulation in the United States is potentially facing a major change. FCC Internet Neutrality rules — also referred to as Net Neutrality rules — currently apply, but thanks to pressure from Internet Service Providers (ISP), legislators and recent court rulings, that might change. You have undoubtedly heard the term Net Neutrality before, but may be at a loss regarding what it means or what its implications are.

Computer-aided design drawing of the optical module on the satellite showing the telescope and gimbal (pivoted support). Courtesy of NASA.

First Broadband Wireless Connection … to the Moon?!

May 22, 2014 3:28 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

If future generations were to live and work on the moon or on a distant asteroid, they would probably want a broadband connection to communicate with home bases back on Earth. They may even want to watch their favorite Earth-based TV show. That may now be possible thanks to a team of researchers from MIT's Lincoln Laboratory who, working with NASA last fall, demonstrated for the first time that a data communication technology exists ...

Kate Mace, SC14 SCinet Chair

SCinet: High Performance Networking at SC

May 8, 2014 4:50 pm | by Kate Mace, SC14 SCinet Chair | Blogs | Comments

Global research and education networks make up a critical circulatory system that supports the HPC community — connecting researchers in all domains to their collaborators, their experiments, their data and their computing resources, regardless of geographic location.

HPC Advisory Council Brazil Conference 2014

HPC Advisory Council Brazil Conference 2014

May 5, 2014 9:23 am | by HPC Advisory Council | Events

The HPC Advisory Council, together with University of São Paulo, will hold the HPC Advisory Council Brazil Conference 2014 on May 26, 2014, in São Paulo, Brazil. The conference will focus on High-Performance Computing (HPC) usage models and benefits, the future of supercomputing, latest technology developments, best practices and advanced HPC topics. The conference is open to the public and will bring together system managers, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates.

The test was important as each of the partners operates its own 100 Gbps network, but then have to connect to a 10 Gbps link to move data across the Atlantic Ocean as none of them had access to a 100 Gbps submarine link — until now.

100 Gbps Link Sets Impressive Pace for Faster Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer

May 1, 2014 12:52 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Data transfers from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland to sites in the U.S. have historically taken different paths — 15 in all — via 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) links separately managed by three research networks in the U.S. and Europe. So, what would happen if those massive datasets were instead transferred using a single 100 Gbps connection?

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