InfiniBand Accelerates World’s Top HPC and Artificial Intelligence Supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Summit, The New 200 Petaflops System, Leverages EDR InfiniBand In-Network Computing Technology to Deliver Unprecedented Computing Power for Scientific Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Applications

Mellanox EDR InfiniBand accelerates the new world’s top high-performance computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) system, named Summit, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Summit delivers 200 Petaflop performance and leverages dual EDR InfiniBand network to provide overall 200 gigabit per second throughput to each compute server.

Summit, a world’s top supercomputer, provides eight times higher performance versus the previous fastest supercomputer in the US. Summit will enable simulations of greater resolution and higher fidelity to advance human knowledge in diverse science domains such as biology, nuclear science, cosmology and more. Some early Summit research projects include studying exploding stars at unprecedented scales, simulating particle turbulence in sustainable fusion reactions, researching materials for high-temperature superconductors and others.

Summit is also the fastest Artificial Intelligence platform in the world, offering unparalleled opportunities for the integration of AI and scientific discovery. Applying machine learning and deep learning capabilities to automate, accelerate, and drive understanding at supercomputer scales will help scientists achieve breakthroughs in human health, energy and engineering, and answer fundamental questions about the universe.

“We are proud to accelerate the world’s top HPC and AI supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a result of a great collaboration over the last few years between Oak Ridge National Laboratory, IBM, NVIDIA and us,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “Our InfiniBand smart accelerations and offload technology delivers highest HPC and AI applications performance, scalability, and robustness. InfiniBand enables organizations to maximize their data center return-on-investment and improve their total cost of ownership and, as such, it connects many of the top HPC and AI infrastructures around the world. We look forward to be part and to accelerate new scientific discoveries and advances in AI development, to be performed and enabled by Summit.”

The need to analyze growing amounts of data, to support complex simulations, to overcome performance bottlenecks and to create intelligent data algorithms requires the ability to manage and carry out computational operations on the data as it is being transferred by the data center interconnect. Mellanox InfiniBand solutions incorporate the In-Network Computing technology that performs data algorithms within the network devices, delivering ten times higher performance, and enabling the era of “data-centric” data centers.

“Summit HPC and AI-optimized infrastructure enables us to analyze massive amounts of data to better understand world phenomena, to enable new discoveries and to create advanced AI software,” said Buddy Bland, Program Director at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Faculty. “InfiniBand In-Network Computing technology is a critical new technology that helps Summit achieve our scientific and research goals. We are excited to see the fruits of our collaboration with Mellanox over the last several years through the development of the In-Network Computing technology, and look forward to take advantage of it for achieving highest performance and efficiency for our applications.”

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About Gilad Shainer

Gilad Shainer has served as Mellanox's Vice President of Marketing since March 2013. Previously, he was Mellanox's Vice President of Marketing Development from March 2012 to March 2013. Gilad joined Mellanox in 2001 as a design engineer and later served in senior marketing management roles between July 2005 and February 2012. He holds several patents in the field of high-speed networking and contributed to the PCI-SIG PCI-X and PCIe specifications. Gilad holds a MSc degree (2001, Cum Laude) and a BSc degree (1998, Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel.

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