SCHEDULE: NOV 16-22, 2013
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Evolving the Power Architecture into Microserver DenseCore Nodes
SESSION: Emerging Technologies
EVENT TYPE: Emerging Technologies
TIME: 10:00AM - 5:30PM
Our challenges are to provide sufficient compute power for an interesting set of applications and to enable the networking infrastructure for Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) protocols over standard interfaces (i.e., 10/40/100Gb Ethernet and/or InfiniBand). A high level of compute power and RDMA support are both critical because neither capability by itself is sufficient. To implement these goals, our project plans to build HPC micro servers using System on a Chip (SoC) network processors originally architected to switch and route data at 50-200Gb/sec. as is needed in the network processor market, which is driven by extremely high I/O rates, fast processing, and low power consumption. PowerPC is the market leader here. While we believe that ARM (or even Intel) may eventually be a contender in this market, we have selected the Freescale QorIQ familys T4240 as the current strongest candidate for low power exascale exploration in HPC.