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Supercomputers At TACC Getting a Speed Boost

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the finally-found-the-turbo-button dept.

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Nerval's Lobster writes "The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin is going to get a major speed boost this summer, and it won't come from new CPUs. Internet2, the research project that acts as a test bed for new Internet technologies, will take TACC's massive computing system from 10GB to 100GB of Ethernet throughput. TACC supercomputers are regularly found near the top of the Top 500 supercomputer list, which ranks the world's fastest supercomputers. But while the supercomputers were fast, the connectivity wasn't quite up to snuff. So TACC began the emigration to the Internet2 network. TACC is a key partner in the UT Research Cyberinfrastructure, which provides a combination of advanced computing, high-bandwidth network connectivity, and large data storage to all 15 of the UT system schools. So not only is TACC upgraded to Internet2s 100GB and 8.8 terabit-per-second optical network, platform, services and technologies, so is the entire UT system. 'This Internet2 bandwidth upgrade will enable researchers to achieve a tenfold increase in moving data to/from TACC's supercomputing, visualization and data storage systems, greatly increasing their productivity and their ability to make new discoveries,' TACC director Jay Boisseau wrote in a statement."

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Speed boost? (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43844783)

Speed boost my ass. They just found the "Turbo" button.

Re:Speed boost? (2)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year ago | (#43844899)

and they should get the QEMM going in their config.sys so they can LOADHIGH and DEVICEHIGH

wat (1)

fisted (2295862) | about a year ago | (#43844819)

> "the top of the Top 500 supercomputer list, which ranks the world's fastest supercomputers."
Redundant much redundancy?

> "the emigration to"

> Internet2
Bitch, please.

Re:wat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43844881)

Actually Internet2 is legit. It peers differently than other stuff, and it's just research organizations and uni's on it.

Re:wat (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43844921)

To be honest, you can tell it's legitimate because it's described as `Internet2', not `Internet2.0'.

Bytes or bits? (2)

Paleolibertarian (930578) | about a year ago | (#43844873)

Don't you mean 100 Gb and not 100 GB which really would be a boost!

Re:Bytes or bits? (2)

loufoque (1400831) | about a year ago | (#43845145)

You think the article author would know the difference?

Re:Bytes or bits? (1)

Paleolibertarian (930578) | about a year ago | (#43845169)

Good point.

Re:Bytes or bits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43845641)

The saleswoman from Cogent didn't even know the difference. She kept saying "one-hundred-em-bee". I was like, "is that a big B or a little B", and she was like "does it matter?" And I was all like, "uh... yeah, it matters." She had to get back to me.

New name (2)

SnarfQuest (469614) | about a year ago | (#43844875)

They're going to call the upgraded system "Skynet".

Units (1)

enriquevagu (1026480) | about a year ago | (#43845263)

GB != Gbps.

Re:Units (1)

Paleolibertarian (930578) | about a year ago | (#43845391)

I don't think the article author knows what != means either.

Painful to read (1)

ttsai (135075) | about a year ago | (#43845509)

bytes instead of bits
bytes instead of bits per second
throughput instead of bandwidth
emigration instead of migration

Industry uses 100Gbps all over the place (1)

zbobet2012 (1025836) | about a year ago | (#43847325)

1) Major ISP's and backbones use 100Gbps links all over the place. F5 will offer 100Gbps load balancers shortly.
2) 8.8Tbps is theoretical capacity, not used.
3) It is not being used as an intranode link, but an intrasite link, meaning that apparently the data back plane was fast enough on a node to node basis.
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