Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Building the World's Largest 10Gb Ethernet Cluster

Purdue University has chosen Chelsio Communications to supply more than 1000 of its Unified Wire 10Gb Ethernet adapters to build-out of its high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure, including its large scale "Coates Cluster." Tapped as the world's largest 10Gb Ethernet cluster, the Coates Cluster is expected to be fully operational by the end of July.

Some of the networking requirements for the Coates Cluster include:

  • only two cables connecting to each server (one power cable, and one network cable)

  • standards-compliant Ethernet RDMA clustering performance comparable to Infiniband

  • enable fabric convergence of storage, networking, clustering, management and boot traffic on one wire

  • support Linux and Windows operating systems


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