SuperComputing 2018

Global Petascale to Exascale Science Workflows Accelerated by Next Generation Software Defined Network Architectures and Applications


Jason Zurawski, SCinet chair and science engagement engineer at the Energy Sciences

Network (ESnet), said:
“Support for experimentation is one of the primary design factors of SCinet each year. SC18 was particularly successful in balancing the requirements of exhibitors that participate in our Network Research Exhibition (NRE) program as well as our own Experimental Networks (XNet) group. The demonstrations carried out by members of the science, network research and high-performance computing communities at SC18, including the SDN-driven Next Generation Integrated Architecture effort by Caltech and its partners, are significant because of their contributions to improving scientific outcomes worldwide."


Caltech Network Engineer Shaswitha Puttawaswamy said:
“These groundbreaking technical achievements and a new networking paradigm that we have been working towards with our partners for the last few years will enhance the capabilities of the LHC and other major science programs”


Team member Brij Jashal of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai
said: "This year's SC18 worldwide demonstrations by Caltech and partners, which included significant participation of TIFR on the Indian subcontinent, were an important step forward in the development and deployment of advanced networks in the SENSE, SANDIE and other projects, and for global collaboration in the coming era of exascale high latency science workflows."


 “The thirst for more bandwidth and capacity to drive scientific discovery is unquenchable,” said Rodney Wilson, Chief Technologist, Research Networks at Ciena. “It’s a battle of tiny increments and synergies that build new concepts and systems from many elements. When you add them all up, it creates a world class solution,” said Wilson. “Working with Caltech’s High Energy Physics and Network Teams, Professor Newman, his students and an extensive array of collaborators gives us a competitive edge and opens our minds to new approaches and ways to solve next generation networking problems.”


Phil Reese, Research Computing Strategist at Stanford, said

“Having been a part of the 100G testing at SC in earlier years, I watched with interest the development and planning for the even more cutting edge 400G SC activity. The hard learned lessons at 100G paid off, as the 400G deployments were smoothly and expertly executed.  Hardware, software and the human element were all in sync; if only FedEx worked that well.”