I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing the day man landed on the moon 48 years ago. I was very young, to be sure, but I remember it was televised (yes, in black and white). Even as a small child, I knew it was a historically pivotal moment in history.
Today we celebrate Moon Day to commemorate the day man first walked on the moon in 1969. Neil Armstrong stepped on the lunar surface first, followed by Buzz Aldrin. Together, they collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to Earth. It was an event watched by millions on live TV, and everyone remembers Armstrong’s iconic words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Listen
While their exploration took place on the moon, the impact felt back on Earth was profound. This is why Mellanox has chosen today to announce “Our Interconnected Planet,” a series that will explore the impact of technology on global issues. Behind every large-scale issue, we find technology seeking a solution. Mellanox is driven to leverage our networking solutions to improve the human condition and our planet. From the Earth and Planetary Sciences, Human Disease and Health, to Entertainment and beyond, we will take you on a journey to discover the technologies behind the progress and advancements in these disciplines.
Mellanox’s Director of Ethernet Marketing, Tim Lustig, wrote an inspiring blog post about the different ways our products can and are making the world a better place. And as part of Our Interconnected Planet, where we showcase real life examples of how Mellanox is making the world a better place, we are first going to highlight some of the amazing work being done by the researchers and scientists at the University of Alaska.
In January 2017 (with support from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the Geophysical Institute, UAF vice chancellor of research, UAF International Arctic Research Center, and UAF IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) UAF Research Computing Systems engineers deployed Mellanox InfiniBand solutions across multiple racks to form their HPC system. So, what are they doing at the University of Alaska with all that data center power? Well, one of the main missions of the the mission of the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is to understand basic geophysical processes governing the planet Earth, especially as they occur in or are relevant to Alaska. With a motto of “Drive the Change” the University of Alaska is focused on driving positive change for their state. Along with Mellanox, the University of Alaska is making a difference. We encourage you to come along and explore Our Interconnected Planet with us through the research being done by the scientific community, as well as advancements in the field of medicine and entertainmen
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