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Virginia Tech Taps 40Gb/s InfiniBand for Research Cluster

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Executive Summary

Virginia Tech has been a leader in high-end computer systems research. In the university's Center for High-End Computing Systems (CHECS), faculty and a staff of graduate students investigate key hardware and software architecture challenges and design solutions that address them. Through full and partial ownership, CHECS has access to several compute clusters that handle research as well as production tasks. They deployed to Mellanox InfiniBand technology which gave extremely low latency with the largest amount of headroom for future performance demands, and the performance is very stable, so it makes it much easier for one to predict application performance. With this new system in place, Virginia Tech's CHECS finally has a dedicated, high-performance compute cluster for pure research.

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