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Exhibitor Forum

TUESDAY November 13th
ROOM A107
10AM-10:30
Architecture Trends in Level 3's Network
Robert Hagens, Sr. Vice President, Global Network Engineering, Level (3) Communications
A discussion of the current and future architecture of Level 3's network, along with a view of emerging technology trends. Included in this will be a discussion of MPLS based services.
10:30AM-11AM
Superclusters - Superior Performance Using SCI
Keith Murphy, VP Sales & Marketing, Dolphin Interconnect
Will discuss SCI (Scaleable Coherent Interface), the high speed interconnect standard that time forgot! Developed over ten years ago, SCI is only now finding the markets its remarkable performance deserves. This is especially true in the HPC supercluster environment where the high bandwidth and low latencies of SCI makes it ideal for connecting clusters of PC servers for HPC supercluster performance. Learn how the performance of Scali's SCI-based MPI and cluster management software combined with Dolphin's 2D or 3D SCI card assemblies creates superclusters that can equal or surpass performance on most of the present supercomputers.
11AM-11:30AM
The Quadrics Interconnect
Duncan Roweth, Head of Software R&D, Quadrics
The talk will describe the architecture and implementation of the Quadrics interconnect, a high bandwidth, low latency data network for clusters of commodity servers. Performance data will be presented for a range of node types and system sizes.
11:30AM-12NN
Expanding the High Performance Computing Systems Roadmap
Richard S. Kaufmann, Technical Director, Compaq
Compaq has a comprehensive set of products for high performance technical computing. These systems are very popular in the bioscience community - they were the workhorses for the human genome sequencing efforts, and are deployed at LANL and many other laboratory and commercial sites world-wide. This talk will survey: Our flagship product, the AlphaServer SC. These systems span from the tens to the thousands of CPUs, and are tied together with a very fast message passing interconnect (MPI latency 4 microseconds!). The complete system has many desirable single system image and fault resilience characteristics, and is used widely in the HPTC community - including the 6 TeraFLOP NSF machine installed at the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center.

Upcoming enhancements to our Alpha processors (including the EV7, a chip with 12.8 GB/s of memory bandwidth and more than 40 GB/s of chip interconnect), Our roadmap for the Intel IA-64 processors, and Our Linux-based Alpha, IA-32 and IA-64 systems.
12NN - 12:30PM
Massive Scalability and the Grid
Steve Campbell, Director, Computer Systems, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Today, it is clear that the future of supercomputing is network-centric, and lies in both the shared power of smaller, parallel web-serving system and large, cooperating clusters of SMP servers. Rather than focusing solely on traditional islands of computing power in a single location, Sun is bringing disparate commercial and scientific communities the hardware they need to share data and resources across the globe.
12:30-1PM
Fujitsu's High Performance and Highly Scalable Servers and Supercomputers
Kenichi Miura, Chief Architect, Fujitsu America, Inc.
Fujitsu has two major high performance computing product lines. The first product line consists of the PRIMEPOWER scalar SMP systems and the second consists of the vector-parallel VPP5000 Series.

Fujitsu's PRIMEPOWER development strategy focuses on High Performance and Scalability. That's why the PRIMEPOWER servers are developed using a number of key Fujitsu technologies such as the SPARC64 GP processor, which is fully SPARC V9 standard compliant, and Fujitsu's High Performance Cross-Bar Switch, which scales to support processor growth. Another key technology is the scalability of the multiprocessor systems. The PRIMEPOWER already scales higher than comparable systems, and is set to maintain that lead to ensure that growing computing requirements continue to be met.

The VPP5000 Series of vector-parallel supercomputers boasts peak performance of 9.6 Gflops per processing element, with main memory capacity of up to 16 Gbytes per PE, amounting to 2 Tbytes per system, allowing ultra large-scale operations. The VPP5000 runs the Unix SVR4-based UXP/V operating system, and supports vectorizing compilers and MPI 2.0. Fujitsu's two high performance computing product lines are highly complementary to each other and deliver a total solution for research and development users.
1PM - 1:30PM
NEC's Supercomputer Product Roadmap
Joerg Stadler, Marketing Manager, NEC
One size rarely ever fits all - this fact is true in all areas of life and supercomputing is no different: In order to meet the wide range of its customers needs, NEC has based its strategy for the HPC market on a range of products that is outlined in this presentation. The high-performance, very-high memory bandwidth supercomputers of the NEC SX series are specialized tools that use the reliable, proven and well-known vector approach in order to combine a maximum of application performance with an outstanding ease-of-use. The SX memory subsystem feeds data to the processors orders of magnitude faster than in COTS machines, which makes the SX the perfect system for bandwidth hungry applications. NEC augments its highest end supercomputer offering with a series of mid-range servers based on Intel's IA64 architecture and the Linux operating system. These are meant to support users who need the ease-of-use of a large SMP machine but who don't need the very-high memory bandwidth of the SX systems.
1:30PM-2PM
The Case for Architectural Diversity
Burton Smith, Chief Scientist, Cray Inc.
At one time vector supercomputers effectively were the only choice in the market, so nearly everyone used them. When alternative architectures became available, including the pioneering Cray T3D and T3E, users chose the architecture best suited to their applications. Architectural diversity emerged. Today there is a risk of reverting to a situation where users are effectively limited to a single architectural choice. Clearly Cray Inc. intends to maintain architectural choices in the interest of providing the best platform for a wide variety of applications. What is the need for diversity going forward?
2PM-2:30PM
CRAY SV1ex-4 Supercluster Performance
Beata E. Sarnowska, Senior Capacity Analyst, Northrop Grumman Information Technology
This presentation presents the results of investigations into the performance of the Cray SV1ex. Relevant architectural issues are presented to develop an appreciation for the hardware and software environment of the SV1ex. The benchmark suite used includes workload specific codes to measure the anticipated performance in a real-world environment, as well as standardized and kernel codes to examine memory, CPU, and cache subsystem performance. The benchmark suite will be discussed and results from runs on SV1, SV1e, SV1ex will be c ompared against each other and executions on "Classic" Cray architectures such as the C90 and J90se systems.
2:30PM-3PM
The Art of Commodity Computing
Bret Stouder, Director, Atipa Technologies
We will cover the diverse nature of purchasing commodity computers for Linux Clusters and discuss the benefits of buying from an ISO 9002 certified manufacturer. Atipa Technologies maintains long-standing relationships at the manufacturer level to ensure the solutions that we propose and build are thoroughly tested with the Linux Operating System. Our Research and Development teams are able to offer tomorrows technology today. By combining the power of our manufacturing capability with our Linux expertise, we are able to offer the most cost effective solutions to our long list of satisfied customers.
3PM-3:30PM
LinuxBIOS for Beowulf Clusters
Steven M. James, CTO, Linux Labs
This presentation will cover aspects of using LinuxBIOS in a production supercomputing environment. Topics include: ease of configuration, simplification of boot, reliability, and diskless boot using inexpensive motherboards. Other topics are: how to maximize performance, and elimination of K/V/M switches and other hardware.
3:30PM-4PM
Today's Cost Effective Supercomputer Solution
Danny J. Harrison, Senior Corporate Account Manager, RackSaver, Inc.
The answer for a high performance, high-density supercomputer has traditionally required a large allocation of funds. However, with the leaps in clustering technology, companies such as RackSaver, Inc. are able to achieve the performance, once believed only available in multi million dollar supercomputers. RackSaver, now harnesses this power in the form of their expertly engineered 1U RackSaver line of servers. This results in a machine that outperforms the competition, in a fraction of the space, at a fraction of the cost.

The HPC industry as a whole has embraced the idea of using commodity components in their offerings, in an attempt to keep a better cost/performance relationship. RackSaver's manufacturing of custom servers for this industry, has given organizations the ability to implement large server clusters, which often outperform their high priced competition. These custom designed servers allow customers to have systems designed that meet and often times exceed their requirements.

RackSaver, Inc., is leader in this field and their servers continue to be one step ahead of the competition in their design and functionality.
4PM-4:30PM
CIToolkit - making Alpha Linux cluster integration more reliable and repeatable
Chris Powell, Program Manager, High Performance Technologies, Inc.
HPTi has integrated large Alpha Linux clusters for government labs and agencies, and has learned systems integration lessons from the cabling level on up to the user codes themselves. These lessons are captured in a developing program HPTi calls "CIToolkit", for Cluster Integration Toolkit. CIToolkit is being developed with Sandia National Labs in their CPlant environment, and leverages HPTi and customer expertise already appearing in cluster tools for job scheduling and systems management. It captures the entire cluster integration and bring-up process from initial hardware roll-out and capturing a cluster configuration database, through installation and running of user codes and systems management tools, including cluster maintenance and change activities. This exhibitor forum will give an overview of CIToolkit, including an overview of the configuration database, the processes and tools used for cluster interconnect routing, and tools used for cluster checkout and problem diagnosis.
4:30PM-5PM
Real-World Experiences in Building Production Computing Grids
Ian Lumb, Integration Architect, Platform Computing Inc.
The notion of federating geographically distributed compute centers for the purpose of aggregating resources, or providing access to specialized resources remotely, has been brought into focus in recent times through the concept of The Grid. Much like the ubiquitous, highly available electrical power grid, the global computing grid allows challenging problems in high-performance computing (HPC) to be addressed. Various academic research (e.g. the GLOBUS and Legion projects) and commercial (e.g. Applied Meta and Platform Computing) ventures are already realizing The Grid. Because grid computing necessitates increased collaboration between all stakeholders, standardization efforts such as the Global Grid Forum and New Productivity Initiative (http://www.newproductivity.org) are also of increasing importance.

Whereas much of the current activity in grid computing is focused on issues spanning from architecture to standards, the present approach is much more pragmatic. Through the use of currently available grid technologies from Platform Computing, the realization of production grids for compute capability and capacity is illustrated. These production implementations are already allowing organizations to derive value from the promise of grid computing. After a brief overview of the relevant Platform computing grid technologies, the bulk of consideration is given here to real-world experiences in building production grids. The primary example is drawn from an ongoing project at the U.S. Department of Defense.
5PM-5:30PM
Storage Area Networking
Brad Winett, VP Market Development, DataDirect Networks
Storage Area Networking appliance leader DataDirect Networks provides Rich-Media
communities with high bandwidth, virtualized, scalable and flexible network infrastructures, reducing TCO, enabling higher productivity with increased ROI. The SAN DataDirector, first of a family of intelligent SANappliances, allowing powerful and quick SAN deployment for rich media encoding, streaming and content delivery, will be exhibited.
5:30PM-6PM
The Importance of High Performance in Storage Area Networks
John R. Tibbitts, CEO, INLINE Corporation
This presentation will take a look at the scalability of Storage Area Networks. Special attention will be given to the need for high-throughput in order to accommodate more clients. There will also be a discussion of the technology that INLINE Corporation utilizes to maximize the available bandwidth in our SAN products.


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