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For seven days, the Reno Sparks Convention Center will be home to one of the most powerful networks in the world – SCinet. Built each year, SCinet brings to life a highly sophisticated and extreme networking infrastructure that can support the revolutionary applications and network experiments that have become the trademark of the SC conference. SCinet serves as the platform for show exhibitors to demonstrate the advanced computing resources from their home institutions and elsewhere by supporting supercomputing and grid computing applications.
Designed and built entirely by volunteers from universities, government and industry, SCinet connects multiple 10-gigabit per second (Gbps) circuits to the showfloor which links the conference center to research and commercial networks around the world like Internet2, National LamdbaRail, Qwest Communications and Level 3 Communications. SCinet is powerful enough to transfer over 100Gbps of data in just one second. And without a doubt, SC exhibitors and attendees will push SCinet’s capacity and capabilities to the max.
SCinet features three major components. First, it provides a high-performance production-quality network with direct wide area connectivity which enables attendees and exhibitors to connect to the Internet and other networks around the world. Additionally, SCinet includes an Open InfiniBand (OpenIB) Network which extends distributed access to devices like disks over a low-latency network.
Lastly, each year, SCinet builds an extremely high performance experimental network called Xnet (eXtreme net) which serves as a window in the future of networking. Xnet provides exhibitors a venue to showcase the “bleeding-edge” - emerging, often pre-commercial or pre-competitive, developmental networking technologies, protocols, and experimental networking applications. In years past, Xnet has been a testing ground for breakthrough technologies like Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) in 1999 and 10-gigabit Ethernet in 2000 which are now in standard use and deployment among telecommunications networks around the globe.
SCinet serves as the technological platform for conference competitions like the HPC Bandwidth Challenge and the HPC Analytics Challenge. It will also be the foundation for the first ever Cluster Challenge. These competitions seek to showcase the technical prowess and innovative collaborations of researchers and engineers representing a wide range of disciplines.
For instance in 2006, nine teams entered the Bandwidth challenge which tested their ability to maximize end to end network performance. Teams were asked to demonstrate their ability to fully utilize a one 10 Gigabit per second path from the SC06 showfloor in Tampa back to the team’s home institution using the production network. The winning team from the National Center for Data Mining at the University of Illinois at Chicago achieved 8 Gbps of sustained data transfer on a 10 Gbps network link and saw an impressive peak transfer rate of 9.18 Gbps.. This year’s challenges has been announced and submissions will close July 31, 2007.
Volunteers from educational institutions, high-performance computing centers, network equipment vendors, US National Laboratories, research institutions, research networks and telecommunication carriers work together to design and deliver the SCinet networks. Industry vendors and carriers donate much of the equipment and services needed to build the LAN and WAN infrastructure. Planning begins more than a year in advance of each SC conference and culminates with a high-intensity installation just seven days before the conference begins.
Online registration for SCinet network connections opens Aug 31. Beginning Oct 1st, organizations will be charged a one time late fee for any new requests or modifications to existing requests. Every effort will be made to accommodate changed after this date but are subject to availability and resources. Exhibitor booth Point of Contacts (POC) will receive a username and password along with instructions needed to make network connection requests. Please contact booth POCs to obtain this information.
Exhibitors please note: It is important when constructing your booth that you do not place heavy booth material on the fiber near the edge of your booth. To avoid damage to the network fiber taped to the exhibit hall floor, point-loads must not be positioned within 18" inside the booth boundary along all aisle ways. Use the links below to visit the SCinet web pages.