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increase productivity for CPU-intensive meet the increasing demands for network
applications by employing reloadable bandwidth and storage. In 2007, Finisar
personalities. Convey’s platform combines launched its Active Optical Cable family,
general-purpose multi-core processors with which includes Laserwire for 10GbE,
special-purpose FPGAs, and leverages the Quadwire for 40GbE and InfiniBand QDR,
x86/Linux ecosystem. Convey will make and C.wire for 100GbE and beyond. Each
two presentations: ‘Convey’s Hybrid-Core cable solution uses Finisar’s fibre optic
Computing: Breaking Through the Power/ technology for the transmission of data
Performance Wall’ at the Exhibitor’s while reducing the weight, density and
Forum, and an SC09 Poster presentation, power consumption of traditional copper
‘Compiling for Multiple Personalities on the solutions. The company’s Active Optical
Convey Hybrid-Core System’. Cables feature the lowest weight for high
port count architectures and low power
Cray ( will showcase consumption enabling a greener data
its comprehensive portfolio of high centre.
performance computing systems,
including the latest additions to the The Georgia Institute of Technology
Cray XT line of massively parallel (, an emerging leader
processing supercomputers and the Cray in high-performance computing research
CX line of deskside clusters. The Cray parallel file and education, will be exhibiting at the
XT product line combines sustained system technology conference. Returning to the Georgia
application performance with exceptional within the SFA system to provide an open Tech for a third year is the ‘big screen’,
manageability and reliability to create storage appliance. SFA systems will be which will host booth presentations and
highly scalable Linux supercomputers. Cray natively running the Lustre and GPFS file video interviews from institute experts on
XT systems span thousands to millions systems – reducing the complexity and HW emerging high-performance computing
of processing cores using powerful AMD required for HPC storage scale-out. projects and application areas. Specific
Opteron processors and are the first general focus areas for these presentations include
purpose, scalable petascale supercomputers. EPCC ( is a updates on Georgia Tech’s existing projects
The Cray CX family of Intel-based cluster supercomputing centre based at the in multicore computing, massive data
systems includes affordably priced, deskside University of Edinburgh. It will be analysis, biomedical simulation and other
supercomputers that are easy to configure, showcasing all aspects of its work at areas of research focus. Georgia Tech has
deploy, administer and use. ‘Right-sized’ SC’09 including: its world-class training a history of advancing high performance
in performance, functionality and cost, programme centred around its Masters computing technologies as well as helping
Cray CX systems are designed for a wide in HPC and PhD places; its UK and
range of users, from the single user who European research projects; its commercial
wants the power of a cluster at their desk partnerships (including its new Industry
to a department of users as a shared cluster Hub, which provides streamlined access to
resource. its supercomputing facilities); and SAFE, its
service administration software.
DataDirect Networks (DDN) (www.ddn. EPCC will also be undertaking
com) is a data infrastructure provider for presentations and informal sessions on a
the most demanding, highest performance number of aspects of its work, including
computing environments in the world. its training/teaching programmes and its
With more than 250 petabytes of extreme activities with industry. At the opening
storage installed worldwide, DDN delivers night gala, EPCC will be presenting a taste
throughput to eight of the world’s top 10 of Scotland, along with handy giveaways. infuse their use into engineering and
supercomputers and 48 of the top 100 sciences, both locally and at the national
systems within the Top500. Building on Finisar ( is a level. The institute’s mission is to improve
its performance leadership, DDN will be global technology leader in optical the quality of life in our community,
introducing its Storage Fusion Architecture communications subsystems and our state, and our nation by making
at SC09, fusing extreme throughput and components that enable high-speed breakthroughs in computational modelling
IOPS in one integrated, scalable storage voice, video and data communications methods and techniques to create novel
system. The SFA10000 will be showcased for networking, storage, wireless, and solutions to real-world problems.
delivering InfiniBand SAN performance cable TV applications. For more than 20
over 10GB/s. Additionally, DDN will be years, Finisar has provided critical optics IBM ( is
showcasing the capability of embedding technologies to system manufacturers to committed to helping clients build a ➤ SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING WORLD october/november 2009
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