Near Perfect Use of a 10GE WAN with Longbow Encryption Fully Enabled

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to join Avetec in the DICE SCinet Research Sandbox at Supercomputing 2010

SPRINGFIELD, OHIO (October 27, 2010) — Dr. DK Panda, professor of computer science with The Ohio State University's Department of Computer Sciences, has released preliminary study results that show significant advancement in researchers' ability to send high performance computing data with Obsidian's Longbow™ InfiniBand range-extension, routing and encryption products. The study, funded by Avetec's DICE Program and a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), showed that with Longbow encryption data can be received as much as 50 times sooner than using equivalent software encryption.

Building on previous studies from Dr. DK Panda's team that established Longbow's ability to create low latency optical links, the study characterized Longbow E100's ability to deliver InfiniBand performance over long distances while providing high-grade encryption and authentication.

"In the pursuit of performance, supercomputing has so far largely ignored security concerns," said Tracey Wilson, program manager for DICE. "As high performance cloud computing emerges, it will be increasingly critical for data to move long distances both swiftly and securely."

AES-192 encrypted 4X SDR links were systematically compared with unencrypted links and TCP/IP connections over 10 gigabit Ethernet protected by IPSEC software running on state-of-the-art Intel Nehelem processors. While papers containing the full technical results and analysis will be forthcoming, some key findings from running socket-level MPI latency tests over short distances include:

  • Longbow encrypted InfiniBand links continue to be stable and transparent
  • For small messages (< 64 bytes), Longbow latency is less than 50% of Intel/IPSEC latency
  • For large messages (> 16 kbytes), Longbow latency is less than 2% of Intel/IPSEC latency
  • For all message sizes, enabling Longbow encryption had less than 1% impact on latency and throughput numbers

"The Longbow E100 has been found to indeed deliver uncompromised InfiniBand performance over distance while also providing industry standard cryptographic protection against data interception or cyber attack," said Dr. DK Panda.

Longbow E100s will underpin the multiple Wide Area Network links of the DICE SCinet Research Sandbox demonstration at SC10 in New Orleans from November 13-19, 2010. The DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Avetec in Ohio will all be connected to the SC10 show floor by a variety of Longbow-powered connections providing secure 10 and 40 Gbit range-extended InfiniBand services.

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