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Last week Mellanox participated in the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2014 which was held at the Palazzo dei Congressi (Lugano Convention Centre) in Lugano, Switzerland. The conference was a 4-day event that ran from March 31 to April 3 this year. It was hosted jointly by the HPC Advisory Council and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS).


The event began with the workshop on the first day, which included presentations from Mellanox on InfiniBand Principles Every HPC Expert MUST know, presented by Oded Paz. He presented a walk through of InfiniBand principles, InfiniBand fabrics, protocols and introductions to Mellanox products. The YouTube videos for this presentation are featured at insideHPC:



In the latter presentation, Dror Goldenberg, VP Software Architecture of Mellanox, presented the Future of Interconnect, which he describes the HPC challenges ahead in the future, and the plans for Mellanox to enhance the scalability performance for Exascale.



You may also find it interesting to read about the second keynote by Dr. Dhabaleswar K. Panda of the Ohio State University. Dr Panda presented the "Programming Models for Exascale Systems" where he described the challenges in designing runtime environments of MPI/PGAS (UPC and OpenSHMEM programming models. Particularly, he showed the latest improvement in the MVAPICH2-GDR 2.0b+enhancements which is shaved another 31% of the latency, (Located on page 47 of the presentation).


The OpenPOWER Initiative which Mellanox is part of, is also being presented by Gilad Shainer of HPC Advisory Council on behalf of OpenPOWER.



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All of the the materials and presentation are posted on the HPC Advisory Council. In particular, the Video Gallery: HPCAC Swiss Conference 2014 from insideHPC are also up on the web.




The next HPC Advisory Council will be held at the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil on May 26, 2014. Rich Graham will be representing Mellanox and MPI Forum to present the "Interconnecting The Exascale Machine". A tentative agenda is posted here:

HPC Advisory Council Brazil Conference and Exascale Workshop 2014


The 10th Annual OpenFabrics International Developer Workshop was held on March 30-April 2  and offered a multi-day event dedicated to the development and improvement of OpenFabrics Software (OFS).  This year's workshop theme was around "Disruptive Technology"; the pro's and the con's and how the software must be ready to adapt as we approach a new era in high performance computing.


The Workshop kicked off Sunday, March 30, with a keynote from Dr. Thomas Sterling, Executive Associate Director and Chief Scientist at CREST. Presentations began the following morning covering topics focused on I/O for Exascale systems and Enterprise applications and included interest areas such as distributed computing, storage and data access and data analysis applications.


The 2014 Workshop presentations are available from the OpenFabrics website.


The 2nd Annual IBUG Workshop was also held  at Monterey after the International Developer Workshop.

The annual IBUG Workshop was a 2-day event with sessions related to understanding, implementing, and administering OpenFabrics Software (OFS) and the underlying hardware. Bringing together users of InfiniBand, RoCE and all RDMA technologies bundled in the OpenFabrics Software suite, the IBUG provides them with a setting to talk together about the challenges and different opportunities using OFS.   A few of the topics for this year's event included, virtualization of IB, tuning MPI for IB, RDMA stacks and SMC-R/RoCE updates.


Look for the video's posted on InsideHPC in the near future.