Our Interconnected Planet: The Real Superheroes

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Comic-Con is a huge deal. Tickets are sold out months in advance and people wait for a long time to attend. It’s all about super heroes at Comic-Com which got me thinking about real world super heroes and how they are so integral to Our Interconnected Planet. Scientist, doctors, researchers, innovators…those are the real-life heroes. At Mellanox, we have long been providing end-to-end networking solutions that are helping true-life superheroes, including helping the climate researchers who are working to prevent disasters.

Mellanox provided the connectivity for the first European Petaflop Computer in Julich, Germany. JUROPA (Juelich Research on Petaflop Architectures) is being used Pan-European by more than 200 research groups to run their data-intensive applications. The system supports advanced research in many disciplines including climate research. Mellanox case study and HPC testimonial.

In addition, the NSAN NASA Ames Research Center selected the Mellanox EDR InfiniBand solutions and the new HPE SGI 8600 liquid cooled platform to expand their “Electra” supercomputing cluster with next generation interconnect and processor technology. This system expansion leverages Mellanox In-Network Computing technology that enables smart offloading, to achieve highest level of applications performance and efficiency. Mission critical research is being conducted on a variety of scientific and engineering projects including coupled atmosphere-ocean models  ̶  critical to our climate   ̶  along with future space vehicle design and large-scale dark matter halos and galaxy evolution. Find out more.

The Centre for High Performance Computing in South Africa, also chose Mellanox HPC to enhance and unlock the vast potential of its system. They provide high end computational resources to a broad range of users in fields such as bioinformatics, climate research, material sciences, and astronomy. They are the biggest HPC facility on the African continent doing vital research on the climate. Check out their thoughts on the Mellanox system they installed here.

And not to be outdone, the San Diego Supercomputer Center has the admirable goal of supporting at least 10,000 scientists and researchers. They supply high performance resources to the national scientific community and are conducting research in multiple disciplines. One effort has led to a breakthrough discovery regarding gravitational waves which in turn led to the discovery of two black holes colliding. Imagine what else they can accomplish, including helping climatologists with their research. The offload capabilities of Mellanox HPC technology has been critical to the success of their supercomputing work. Essentially, by leveraging Mellanox offloading network architecture allows the processors can spend all of their time on a science question not on a communication question; just where scientists need their processing power to be. More here.

Finally, the DKRZ in Germany is providing high performance computing platforms, sophisticated and high capacity data management, and superior service for premium climate science based on Mellanox HPC solutions. Scientists are conducting climate research and  able to simulate anthropogenic influences on climate systems. Anthropogenic climate refers to the production of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity. A hotly debated topic, climate change and greenhouse gasses have been in the news recently. DKRZ offers its users a comprehensive hard- and software infrastructure, specifically customized for complex experiments with numerical models associated with a climate system. In order to meet the very data-intensive requirements of climate modelers, the DKRZ system stands out from many other high-performance computers by having an especially large and powerful parallel file system that is interconnected by high-performance network components from Mellanox.

And coming up? A great blog about the amazing climate research work being done at another Mellanox HPC cluster, this one at the University of Alaska so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, we have a great video that tells the story of climate change and research:


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About Julie M. Dibene

Julieanne DiBene is the Senior Director of Marketing Communications at Mellanox. Prior to this, she was the Director of Marketing Communications with Micrel Inc., a semiconductor manufacturer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from San Jose State University.

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