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Webinar: Managing Data Center Power & Cooling
1/15/2008, 1 PM EST ( -5 UTC/GMT)
Moderated by: Brian Cashman, Internet2 Network Planning Engineer
Presented by: Jeremy Stieglitz, Director of Marketing Force10 Networks
Optimizing the overall power efficiency of the high performance computing centers requires a comprehensive approach that focuses on technologies and strategies to minimize power consumption and maximize power efficiency at every level within the infrastructure, including CPU chips, power supplies, servers, storage devices, and networking equipment. In addition to measures that maximize power efficiency for hardware devices, there are also software strategies, such as server virtualization, that can play a significant role in reducing power consumption.
There are a number of potential benefits that can be derived from an increased focus on power consumption and power efficiency:
- Extending the life of existing data centers and HPC centers and minimizing retrofits
- Gaining at least partial control of growing expenses for power and cooling
- Optimizing new data center designs to be more energy efficient
A team led by Indiana University, with partners from the Technische Universität Dresden, Rochester Institute of Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, won first place in an international competition for leading-edge, high-bandwidth computing applications at SC07, the world's largest international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Using the IU Data Capacitor, a system designed to store and manipulate massive data sets, the IU team achieved a peak transfer rate of 18.21 Gigabits/second out of a possible maximum of 20 Gigabits/second. This performance was nearly twice the peak rate of the nearest competitor. The IU team achieved an overall sustained rate of 16.2 Gigabits/second (roughly equivalent to sending 170 CDs of data per minute) using off- the-shelf server hardware, standard Linux TCP/IP stacks and several advanced networks around the world including Internet2, GÉANT2, DFN, NYSERnet, CIC OmniPoP, and Indiana Gigapop.
The call for participation for the Spring 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting is now open. The spring meeting, scheduled for 21-23 April in Arlington, VA, will offer sessions that highlight innovative uses of advanced networking for research and teaching, as well as technical sessions on the development and evolution of high-performance network infrastructures in support of local to global cyberinfrastructure. Sessions will focus on initiatives and projects that explore ways in which advanced network applications, services, tools, and digital content empower and enhance the capability of research and education communities. In addition, the program will focus on technical and policy work in the areas of middleware and security. Case studies of how advanced networking has succeeded in enabling research and education, why, and what others can learn from this success are also encouraged.
The call for side meetings and poster sessions is also available for your response. Internet2 is also inviting members to sponsor a reception, meals, and refreshment breaks during the member meeting.
The complete Call for Participation can be found here. The submission deadline is Friday, 18 January.
SCinet, the high-performance network built to support SC07, used perfSONAR to expose performance monitoring information for conference participants and network engineers. The performance information monitored by perfSONAR at SC07 was visualized in several ways: 1) the perfOMeter, a web based network speedometer for both live and historical data; 2) Google Maps, a geographical view of network performance; 3) perfAdmin, an administrative tool for managing perfSONAR deployments; and 4) perfSONAR-UI, a Java client capable of supplying various network visualizations. Demonstrations included the various components that comprise the perfSONAR framework, as well as monitoring and informational support for the Internet2 Dynamic Circuit Network and Phoebus demos. For more information, see the demo infosheet.
Dozens of Internet2 member and partner organizations participated in SC07, the international conference that brings together leaders in high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis on 10-16 November 2007. The Internet2 Network and Internet2 WaveCo are together provided more than 100 Gbps of connectivity to the SC07 showfloor for some of the most ambitious uses of advanced networking in the world. The Internet2 booth featured demonstrations that highlight the revolutionary Internet2 Dynamic Circuit Network. Internet2 also provided performance tools and engineering support for SCinet, the very high-performance network that supports all the activities at SC conferences.
This fall, the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida performed a classical piece written by David Sampson. Prior to the performance, the piece was rehearsed for the composer--who was hosted at New York University--using DVTS and large-format LCD displays to transmit high quality video and audio between NYU and NWS via the Internet2 Network. The composer watched the performance via DV25 digital video, and offered his feedback to the orchestra. Later that day, a live audience watched a discussion between the conductor and the composer, with the composer appearing "live" on a large LCD display via DVTS. Then, the orchestra performed the piece for the live audience. A video featuring highlights from the event is available online.
On October 11, 2007, Internet2 and Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP), the national research and education networking organization of Brazil, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate international telehealth and telemedicine collaborations. The new MOU builds on the organizations' existing long-term networking partnership that was established in 2000. It provides a pathway for the Internet2 and RNP communities to jointly lead and collaborate on the development of next-generation telemedicine and telehealth technologies and applications. In doing so, the organizations hope to accelerate the adoption of these important technologies within the U.S and Brazil as well as to promote and encourage the continued interconnection of advanced networks around the world in support of telemedicine and telehealth.
RNP is today leading a new project called Rede Universitária de Telemedicina (RUTE). Funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology, the project seeks to build and update the communication infrastructure of 57 university hospitals that are connected throughout Brazil with the goal of enabling all participating hospitals to use the RNP network to run telemedicine and telehealth applications including video conferencing for information exchange, second opinion, continuous education and web conferencing.
At the member meeting last week, Internet2 announced the completion of a new nationwide advanced network infrastructure. With an initial capacity of 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) nationwide and a revolutionary Dynamic Circuit Network (DCN) providing dedicated bandwidth-on-demand capabilities, the new infrastructure provides the potential to transform radioastronomy, telemedicine, network research, and the performing arts. At the meeting, Rick Summerhill, Internet2's chief technology officer, in collaboration with Dale Finkelson and Dr. Carl Lundstedt of University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), together with colleagues from ESnet, Fermilab, and the Great Plains Network, demonstrated the DCN's ability to support the networking demands of high energy physicists collaborating on the Large Hadron Collider experiment. Dr. Lundstedt, with one mouse click, set up a 10 Gbps dedicated circuit between the UNL campus and Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. The result was that the data traffic flowing across the shared IP network seamlessly switched over to the DCN and quickly transferred one-third of a terabyte of data (equivalent to the capacity 40 standard DVDs).
Internet2's annual Fall Member Meeting brings the future of the Internet to San Diego this October 8-11, 2007. Dr. Larry Smarr, director of Calit2, will present the opening keynote and Francine Berman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center will chair a panel entitled ?Cyberinfrastructure: The Way Forward? at the second general session of the meeting. The conference will also include a wide variety of sessions including presentations on the new high-performance nationwide Internet2 network, advances in middleware technology, new optical networking technologies, network research, grid computing, as well as advanced applications in telemedicine, arts and humanities, K-12 educational programs, distance-learning, among many others. Many important sessions will also be netcast live and on-demand for worldwide viewing.
The Internet2 Commercial Peering (CP) Service has expanded significantly adding new routes and new connection points to enhance network performance, cost savings, and collaboration opportunities for participating members. Since its inception in late 2006, the CP service has provided settlement-free connections between the advanced Internet2 IP Network and major content and Internet service providers. As a service that is included in the Internet2 connector fee, CP presents an opportunity for Internet2 connectors and participants to realize savings on their commodity connections. With over 66,000 routes available through Internet2's nationwide peering partnerships, participants are already experiencing significant volumes of one gigabit per second (Gbps) or more of peak Internet traffic via the CP service.
Designing and Engineering Dynamic Circuits: A Hands-On Workshop for the R&E Networking Environment
At this 2-day workshop, attendees design and implement a real layer 2 (Ethernet) Dynamic Circuit Network (DCN) Testbed. Via lectures and four structured exercises, participants gain an overview of GMPLS architecture, RSVP and OSPF protocols, control plane design concepts, and specifics of DCN engineering as relates to campus, regional, and national network facilities in the R&E community, and construct a working DCN that allows end systems to allocate dedicated VLAN network resources across multiple administrative domains. Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to design and implement a GMPLS-based DCN. For more information, click here >>
The Educational Webinar, Delivering Intelligent Ethernet Service to the Research and Education Community, took place on 19 September 2007.
Brian Cashman, Internet2 Network Planning Engineer served as moderator and Fred Ellefson, ADVA Optical Vice President, Etherjack Alliances, discussed delivery of Intelligent Ethernet Service.
As Ethernet services scale, the requirement for demarcation devices between end users and research and education national backbone networks is key to providing intelligent Ethernet services that support remote testing, monitoring and service level agreements (SLAs). Fred's presentation discussed new standards, technology and operations methodology that many service providers are using to roll out their carrier Ethernet services with an emphasis on Ethernet operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) capabilities, their use in demarcation devices and how they can migrate to the research and education environment.
More than 60 organizations encompassing over one million students, faculty and staff now use InCommon to enable cost-effective, privacy-preserving collaboration. InCommon, the first nationwide U.S. identity management federation for higher education, recently added six major content and service providers and 18 universities to its growing online trust community. Since its inception in 2004, InCommon has seen exponential growth in its participation and anticipates this trend will continue as more and more universities and their resource provider partners see the benefits of leveraging federated identity management to ensure easy, scalable and secure access to protected online materials.
Registration for the Fall 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting is now available! The meeting, which is being hosted by the University of California, San Diego, will take place October 8 - 11 in San Diego, California, at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. In addition to taking advantage of reduced "early bird" registration rates, which will be in effect until September 10, please consider making your room reservations early as the only rooms available at the Town and Country are those in the member meeting room block. Once those rooms are all reserved, there will be no rooms available at the resort. Hotel reservation information is available online.
By leveraging settlement-free connections between the Internet2 Network, and major content providers and Internet Service Providers, the Internet2 Commercial Peering (CP) Service enables members?on an opt-in basis at no additional charge?a cost-effective way to meet their community's commercial Internet needs. Several Internet2 regional network connectors have already taken advantage of a CP service trial through their existing connections to the Internet2 Network and have reported many benefits to the campuses and institutions they serve, including immediate month to month cost savings, enhanced network performance, as well as additional opportunities for collaboration with partners and content providers connected via the commercial Internet. An in-depth case study provides more details on the Internet2 CP service.
The Winter 2008 ESnet Site Coordinating Committee (ESCC)/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop brings together more than 300 thought leaders in the research and education community to explore and discuss important technology issues and the latest advancements in next-generation networking. The main plenary sessions held on January 21-23 will be netcast live and archived for worldwide viewing. The four-day conference is part of the Techs in Paradise 2008 event hosted by the University of Hawaii.
The Summer 07 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop will bring together more than 100 leaders in advanced networking from 15-19 July. Hosted by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) in Batavia, Illinois, the Summer 2007 Joint Techs will focus on Hybrid Networking, Campus Networking, Security, and Measurement/Performance. The agenda includes presentations about: 40 and 100 gigabits per second transport technologies, the Internet2 Network, updates on Internet2 FiberCo and Internet2 WaveCo, National LambdaRail, heterogeneous dataplane testing on ESnet and Internet2 Networks, and the Federated Model for Cyberinfrastructure.
40GE Optical Transport in the WAN Environment
During a webinar that took place on 12 July 2007, Dr. Vassilieva discussed solutions to transport 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and 100 Gbps over hundreds of kilometers in regional and backbone networks. The webinar archive and Dr. Vassilieva's slides are available online.
The Open Student Television Network (OSTN) and Internet2 hosted the OSTN-Internet2 Film Festival, which showcased student work from the 2006-2007 school year over three nights of screenings from July 19 through July 21. The even took place at Cleveland State University during the Ingenuity Festival. Student directors and producers participating in the festival used Internet2 technologies to submit and screen their films for the festival. In doing so, the OSTN-Internet2 Film Festival demonstrated the true viability of Internet technology to deliver high quality digital entertainment.