Wide Area InfiniBand

Leaders in the financial services industry have embraced InfiniBand in their HPC back rooms, but did you know that the same high performance capability is now available over the wide area network? Join a panel of leading-edge networking experts who share their real world experiences in using InfiniBand as a transport protocol to move data across campus, metro and global distances to achieve the highest throughput, lowest latency, least jitter and all, securely encrypted at full 10Gb/s line rate.

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Dr. David Southwell, CTO, Obsidian Strategics Moderator

David Southwell is CTO and co-founder of Obsidian Strategics Inc., which has specialized in high-performance optical networking products leveraging the InfiniBand protocol since inception in January 2005. Previously, he co-founded high-performance storage startup YottaYotta Inc. (bought by EMC in 2008), serving as Director of Hardware Development for five years. Prior work includes lecturing Advanced Computer Architecture at the University of Alberta. Dr. Southwell earned scholarships for seven consecutive years from the British Telecom Research Laboratory at Martlesham Heath, during which time he earned a Masters and Doctorate in Electronic Systems Engineering at the University of York, UK.

Alan K. Powers, Lead HPC Architect Panelist

After graduating from Eastern Washington University with a B.S. in Computer Science (1985), Alan worked at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) and studied for his Masters in Computer Science at the University of Idaho. In 1987 he played a key role in setting up INEL's first Cray supercomputer and later its first Internet connection (NSFnet/Westnet). Alan has been working with the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) division at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) since 1992 and has been very involved with the evolution of the facility's supercomputing center. As the HPC Technical Director one of his major accomplishments was leading a team through the installation of Project Columbia (20 single system image nodes with 512 CPUs each for a total of 10,240 Intel Itanium 2 CPUs) in 2004. The current HPC system at NAS, Pleiades, ranks 6th on the top 500 (June 2010) and is the world's largest IB Linux cluster with over 45 miles of IB cabling, consisting of double data rate, quad data rate and hybrid cables. As of May 2010 he is the Lead HPC Architect for CSC supporting NOAA in their HPC infrastructure build out with their next big system deployment in West Virginia.

Linden Mercer, Sr. Research Engineer Panelist

Linden is currently a senior research engineer for the Navy's Applied Research Laboratory/Penn State University (ARL/PSU). Since he retired from the U.S. Air Force and joined the ARL, he has been supporting the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. He is engaged in creating and applying new information technologies for the Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence community. One primary thrust is the development of capabilities for extending high performance computing and storage securely across global networks. Recently he worked to help architect the Large Data infrastructure leveraging a number of high performance computing technologies including InfiniBand wide area networking technologies originated at NRL. The Large Data effort was awarded 2009 Joint Capability Technology Demonstration of the year.

Tracey Wilson, Program Manager Panelist

Tracey manages Avetec's Data Intensive Computing Environment (DICE) Program. He is responsible for planning, implementing and providing strategic direction for the DICE program. He also oversees the integration, growth and sustainment of the environment, and provides technical leadership for the DICE team. He is the Chair of the DICE Technical Advisory Panel, which represents HPC and data professionals from government, industry and academia. Tracey comes to the DICE team as a Systems Integrator and Network Specialist for Computer Sciences Corporation. He holds his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and several certifications in networking and storage related areas.

Richard Croucher, founder and Chief architect at Informatix Solutions Panelist

Richard mostly concentrates on low latency, particularly TCP bypass, for Trading systems. Recent clients include a well known Exchange, an Investment Bank and some arbitrage traders. He was formerly Chief Architect of Sun Microsystems Professional Services group in EMEA and a Principle Architect in Microsoft's Windows Live.