18 billion bits per second--that's what it took to win the Bandwidth Challenge at this year's Super Computing Conference in Reno, Nevada. RIT was part of an Indiana University-led research team that was awarded 1st Place in the Bandwidth Challenge at Super Computing 2007, an international competition for leading edge, high-bandwidth computing applications. The event is the world's largest international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.
As part of the competition, teams were challenged to create methods for fully utilizing a high-speed network path to support end-to-end applications running across a grid. The team ran several cutting edge computer applications simultaneously, including image transfers of ancient Sanskrit manuscripts from the Center for the Preservation of Ancient Manuscripts, headed by P.R. Mukund, RIT professor of Electrical Engineering and researchers Sri Priya Das and Ajay Pasupuleti. The team ultimately produced speeds that were double the rate of its nearest competitors, 18.21 Gigabits/second over networks that included NYSERNet, Internet2, GEANT, and DFN research links.
RIT participants were organized by James Stefano in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Andrew Elble from Information and Technology Services who worked with NYSERNet to increase RIT's internet connectivity. Gurcharan Khanna, Director of Research Computing, engaged Sun Microsystems, Inc. as a partner and they provided a SunFire x4500 24 Terabyte server for this event. Paul Mezzanini, Senior Systems Administrator/Engineer for Research Computing, configured the server with the Lustre filesystem for the challenge. Indiana University hosted RIT at the conference and additional team members came from the Technical University of Dresden, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.
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