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One of World’s Fastest Networks Goes Live in New Orleans
Media invited to register, visit network operations center at SC10

NEW ORLEANS - For seven days this November, New Orleans will be home to one of the fastest computer networks anywhere in the world.

Called SCinet, the network is created each year exclusively for SC, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. SCinet provides conference attendees and exhibitors with the high capacity networks they need to support the emerging computing applications and networking experiments that are now the trademark of the SC conference tradition. The 23rd annual conference in the series, SC10 will be held from in New Orleans November 13–19.

SCinet serves as the platform for exhibitors to demonstrate some of the most advanced computers and applications in the world by supporting a wide variety of bandwidth-driven applications such as those typically found in supercomputing and cloud computing. This year’s state-of-the-art network will boast capacity of over 260 gigabits per second – that’s enough data to allow the entire collection of books at the Library of Congress to be transferred in less than thirty seconds. SCinet will also, for the first time ever, host a full production wide area 100 Gigabit Ethernet connection.

“SCinet provides a high performance, production-quality network that enables attendees and exhibitors to connect to the Internet and research networks around the world,” explains Jamie Van Randwyk, manager, Informatics and Systems Assessments Department at Sandia National Laboratories and chair of SCinet. “The aggregate bandwidth of SCinet exceeds the bandwidth in all but a few countries of the world, enabling extraordinary one-of-a-kind application demonstrations that can only happen in this kind of environment.”

This year SCinet features three major components.

First, it provides a high performance, production-quality network with direct wide area connectivity that enables attendees and exhibitors to connect to the Internet and other leading research networks around including the Department of Energy's ESnet, Internet2, National LambdaRail, Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), and others.

Second, SCinet includes an InfiniBand network that provides support for supercomputing applications and storage over a high performance, low-latency network infrastructure. For SC10, the InfiniBand fabric consists of Quad Data Rate (QDR) 40, 80, and 120-gigabit per second (Gbps) circuits linking together various organizations and vendors with high-speed 120Gbps circuits, providing backbone connectivity through the SCinet InfiniBand switching infrastructure.

The third component is new to SC. Beginning this year, SCinet is introducing the SCinet Research Sandbox. Sandbox participants will take advantage of SCinet’s unique infrastructure to demonstrate 100G networks for a wide variety of applications, including petascale computing, next-generation approaches to wide area file transfer, security analysis tools, and data-intensive computing.

SCinet also serves as the technological platform for competitions at SC10, including the Student Cluster Challenge. These competitions showcase the technical prowess and innovative collaborations of researchers and engineers across a wide range of disciplines.

“Building SCinet is truly an amazing, collaborative effort,” says Jeff Boote, Internet2’s Assistant Director of Research and Development and Chair of SCinet for 2011. This year, vendors have donated over $24 million in equipment to build the network. Planning begins more than a year in advance of each SC Conference, and the work culminates with a high-intensity installation just seven days before the conference begins. Even more remarkably, SCinet is an all-volunteer effort: the network is built by a group of over 100 volunteers including scientists, engineers, and students from all over the world.

Members of the media are invited to visit the on-site network operations center and see the network in action during SC10. Media registration for the conference is open. Members of the press can attend for free, but must fill out the online press form at http://sc10.supercomputing.org to attend.

About SC10

SC10, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. This premier international conference includes a globally attended technical program, workshops, tutorials, a world class exhibit area, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning. For more information on SC10, please visit: http://sc10.supercomputing.org/

Collaborators

SCinet is the result of the hard work and significant contributions of many government, research, education and corporate collaborators. Collaborators in SCinet for 2010 include: Air Force Research Laboratory, Alcatel-Lucent, Argonne National Lab, Arista Networks, Army Research Laboratory, Austin Convention Center, Avetec, Bay Microsystems, Bivio Networks, Brocade, CA Labs, CENIC, CIENA Research, Cisco, Clemson University, Colorado Technical University, CSC, Darkstrand, ESnet, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Florida LambdaRail, Force10 Networks, Freeman, GaN Corporation, GRNOC @ Indiana University, HEAnet, IDA CCR, Indiana University, Infinera, InMon Corp., Intel, Internet2, Internet Consulting of VT, Inverness Medical, Juniper Networks, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, LEARN: Lonestar Education and Research Network, Lockheed Martin, Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, Louisiana State University, Luxtera, Mellanox Technologies, National Center for Atmospheric Research, NCSA/University of Illinois, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, netaggregate.com, Network for Education and Research in Oregon (NERO), National LambdaRail, Ohio Supercomputer Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Purdue University, QLogic, Qwest Communications, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Sandia National Laboratories, SARA Computing and Networking Services, SMDC/ARSTRAT Simulation Center, Software Forge, Strangeloop Networks, Trapeze Networks, Tyco Electronics, UIC/StarLight, Univ. of Texas System, Universiteit van Amsterdam, University of California, University of Delaware, University of Illinois, University of Oklahoma, University of Tennessee, University of Utah, University of Washington, University of WI - Madison, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, United States Air Force, and Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Contact: Lauren Rotman
Lauren@internet2.edu
202.331.5345