High Performance Computer Networking: Moving Data Fast, Easily, and Securely
Thursday, September 20, 2018 — 11:00AM-12:30PM
High performance computing is a powerful tool that put into the hands of creative minds is helping humanity solve its hardest problems. Those problems span nearly every aspect of society and range from advanced manufacturing to predicting the next superstorm and engaging disaster warning systems to improving medicine to fight the deadliest cancers and treat Parkinson’s disease to routing 4 billion pieces of mail daily to combating credit card fraud and even to making better diapers. Supercomputers help us see structure in the chaos, find signals in the noise, and turn trillions of data points into answers to unlock radical innovation. This hands-on workshop will focus on the high-speed network - the nervous system that provides access to and unleashes the power of the supercomputer. After a brief introduction to HPC networking, including TCP/IP basics and networking technology, you will learn how HPC networking is the same and yet very different from networking in the wild. You will learn about advanced high speed networking fabrics, including InfiniBand and the Intel® Omni-Path Architecture and have an opportunity to play with both Ethernet and Infiniband network configuration and testing. Finally, you will have an opportunity to learn about how these technologies are deployed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in support of its world-class high performance computing platforms, which are used to research and solve national grand-challenge scientific problems.
Previous exposure to computer networking concepts will be helpful, but is not required. This hands-on workshop limited to 30 participants who will work in teams of 3. A Laptop will be provided for each team to work through live network configuration exercises.