Obsidian signs collaboration with Jinan Supercomputing Centre
Creating the basis for regional supercomputing network in preparation for Exascale machines
Jinan, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China – January 4, 2017 – As the world waits for first generation of ExaScale class supercomputers, it is time to consider how these machines will be networked to provide greater access to users and data sets.
China’s National Supercomputing Centre in Jinan (NSCCJN) has entered into a collaborative agreement with Obsidian to develop very high capacity optical links between Jinan, Qingdao, Wuxi and other sites in and near Shandong province. The agreement is designed as Obsidian’s first step towards a technology transfer into China.
Exponentially growing supercomputer generations consume and produce ever larger data sets as they simulate larger and more complex phenomena with increasing scale and spatial/temporal resolutions. Feeding these machines with input data and finding ways to deliver the results to researchers, academics and industry is a profound challenge. “By entering into this agreement, NSCCJN gains access to Obsidian’s world class technologies that are able to seamlessly interface the internal channels within supercomputers with standard wide area optical network links with unrivalled efficiency, security and manageability through hardware delivering range extension, routing and cryptography functions and associated software tools.”, explained Dr. David Southwell, Obsidian CVO.
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Strategics™ is the developer of Longbow™ and Crossbow™, a series of InfiniBand products featuring range extension, routing and encryption. Longbow technology allows an InfiniBand fabric - normally a short-range network used in supercomputers and data centres - to be securely extended via optical fiber over global distances. Crossbow technology provides very high performance routing of InfiniBand traffic between many separate subnets, enabling unprecedented scalability and manageability. www.obsidianstrategics.com.