June 22–26, 2014
Leipzig, Germany

Session Details

Name: Tutorial 08: InfiniBand & High-Speed Ethernet: Overview, Latest Status & Trends
Time: Sunday, June 22, 2014
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Room:   Lecture Room 11
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Breaks:04:00 pm - 04:30 pm Coffee Break
Presenter:   Dhabaleswar K. Panda, Ohio State University
  Hari Subramoni, Ohio State University
Abstract:   InfiniBand (IB) and High-Speed Ethernet (HSE) interconnects are generating a lot of excitement towards building next generation scientific, enterprise and cloud computing systems. This tutorial will provide an overview of these emerging interconnects, the features they offer, their current market standing, and their suitability for high-end computing. It will start with a brief overview of IB, HSE and their architectural features. An overview of the emerging OpenFabrics stack which encapsulates both IB and Ethernet in a unified manner, and hardware technologies such as Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI), RDMA over Converged Enhanced Ethernet (RoCE) that aim at converged hardware solutions will be presented. IB and HSE hardware/software solutions and the market trends will be highlighted. Finally, sample case studies highlighting the performance these technologies can achieve in different HPC environments such as MPI, PGAS (UPC and OpenSHMEM) and GPU/MIC will be shown.

Content Level
40% Beginner, 35% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Attendee Requirements

Audience Prerequisites
There is no fixed prerequisite for this tutorial. As long as the attendee has a general knowledge in high performance computing, cluster computing, networking, storage, and the related issues, he/she will be able to understand and appreciate it. The tutorial is designed a way that allows the attendee to get exposed to the topics in a smooth and progressive manner.

Targeted Audience
  • Newcomers to the field of high-speed networking who are interested in familiarizing themselves with IB and HSE.
  • Scientists, engineers, and researchers working on the design and development of next generation high-end systems including clusters and data centers.
  • Managers and administrators responsible for setting-up next generation high-end systems, cloud computing environment and facilities in their organizations/laboratories.