InfiniCortex adds new nodes in Poland and France

The rapidly expanding InfiniBand-based Global Supercomputer Fabric now reaches east from Asia into Europe using Obsidian's Longbow and Crossbow technologies

Frankfurt, Germany ISC2015 – July 13, 2015 – Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research Computational Resource Centre (A*Star CRC) is leveraging technologies from Obsidian Strategics to enable the InfiniCortex - a mechanism to efficiently aggregate globally distributed HPC resources using the highly efficient InfiniBand protocol. At ISC 2015, equipment located in Singapore, Poland and France simultaneously operate on single HPC workloads across more than 30,000km of fibre distance.

Building on the existing network connecting Singapore to the US via SingAREN, a Tata communications trans-Pacific circuit and ESNet within the continental US, a new ESNet trans-Atlantic circuit connects to Amsterdam. Once on European soil, a GEANT/PSNC link brings in the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre (PSNC) and a RENATER circuit the University of Reims Champagne (URCA)'s ROMEO HPC Centre Group.

“The global NREN community has a huge role to play in ushering in the ExaScale era by maximising the potential for direct and efficient supercomputer aggregation throughout the world”, said A*Star CRC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Marek Michalewicz who sees the InfiniCortex as a new way of doing business in the supercomputing space, “Singapore is extremely pleased to be welcoming Poland and France into the InfiniCortex fabric which we expect will continue to grow in the future.”

“One InfiniCortex demonstration features extreme data set migration between Singapore and Reims and Poznan using Obsidian's dsync+ software,” explains Artur Binczewski, Manager of Networking at PSNC, “while another renders high fidelity real time multi-site collaboration using QCG-Vis in-situ visualisation services across the InfiniCortex between Poznan and Singapore.”

Obsidian's CVO, Dr. David Southwell said, “By bringing together lossless global reach, multi-subnet capability and high-grade encryption without performance penalty, Longbow/Crossbow devices and BGFC management software deliver the low-friction yet highly secure Enhanced InfiniBand fabric the InfiniCortex demands. We are delighted to see this initiative encompass more regions and greater aggregate compute/storage power.”

See part of the InfiniCortex in action at ISC2015 (Frankfurt, Germany) and meet the teams at A*Star's booth 1430 from July 13th to 15th.

About Obsidian Strategics
About Obsidian Strategics Obsidian 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.