June 16-20, 2013

Leipzig, Germany

Session Details

Name: Tutorial 11
Advanced Topics in InfiniBand & High-Speed Ethernet for Designing HEC Systems
Time: Sunday, June 16, 2013
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Room:   Lecture Room 10 (LR 10)
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Breaks:4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Coffee Break
Presenter(s):   Dhabaleswar K. Panda, Ohio State University
  Hari Subramoni, Ohio State University
Abstract:   As InfiniBand (IB) and High-Speed Ethernet (HSE) technologies mature, they are being used to design and deploy different kinds of High-End Computing (HEC) systems: HPC clusters with accelerators (GPGPUs and MIC) supporting MPI and PGAS (UPC and OpenSHMEM), Storage and Parallel File Systems, Cloud Computing systems with Hadoop (HDFS, MapReduce and HBase), Multi-tier Datacenters with Web 2.0 (memcached) and virtualization, and Grid Computing systems. These systems are bringing new challenges in terms of performance, scalability, portability, reliability and network congestion. Many scientists, engineers, researchers, managers and system administrators are becoming interested in learning about these challenges, approaches being used to solve these challenges, and the associated impact on performance and scalability. This tutorial will start with an overview of these systems and a common set of challenges being faced while designing these systems. Advanced hardware and software features of IB and HSE and their capabilities to address these challenges will be emphasized. Next, case studies focusing on domain-specific challenges in designing these systems (including the associated software stacks), their solutions and sample performance numbers will be presented. The tutorial will conclude with a set of demos focusing on RDMA programming, network management infrastructure and tools to effectively use these systems.

Content Level
10% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 40% Advanced.

The audiences are expected to have knowledge on the basic features and working on IB or HSE (or any other high-speed networking) technologies. For audiences not familiar with any of these, taking the complementary basic tutorial (titled “IB and High-speed Ethernet for Dummies”) is recommended.
Program may be subject to changes.