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Maximizing investments in high performance computing

Around the world and across all industries, high performance computing (HPC) is used to solve today’s most demanding computing problems. As HPC challenges grow in complexity and importance, it is vital that the software tools used to install, configure, optimize, and manage HPC fabrics also grow more powerful. Today’s HPC workloads are too large and complex to be managed using software tools that are not focused on the unique needs of HPC.

Designed specifically for HPC, Intel® True Scale Fabric suite is a complete fabric management solution that maximizes the return on HPC investments, by allowing users to achieve the highest levels of performance, efficiency, and ease of management from InfiniBand*-connected HPC clusters of any size.

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Intel supports several levels of complementary HPC fabric management software to install, configure, and manage fabrics:

Superior Fabric Performance and Simplified Management is Vital for HPC

As HPC clusters scale to take advantage of multi-core and GPU-accelerated nodes attached to ever larger and more complex fabrics, simple but powerful management tools are vital for maximizing return on HPC investments.

Intel® Fabric Suite provides the performance and management tools for today’s demanding HPC cluster environments. As clusters grow larger, management functions, from installation and configuration to fabric verification and optimization, are vital in ensuring that the interconnect fabric can support growing workloads. Besides fabric deployment and monitoring, IFS optimizes the performance of message passing applications—from advanced routing algorithms to quality of service (QoS)—that ensure all HPC resources are optimally utilized.

Scalable Fabric Performance

  • Purpose-built for HPC, IFS is designed to make HPC clusters faster, easier and simpler to deploy, manage, and optimize
  • The Intel® True Scale Fabric connectionless host architecture exploits the processing power of today’s faster multicore processors for superior application scaling and performance
  • Policy-driven vFabric virtual fabrics that optimize HPC resource utilization by prioritizing and isolating compute and storage traffic flows
  • Advanced fabric routing options — including adaptive and dispersive routing — that distribute traffic across all potential links that improve the overall fabric performance, lowering congestion to improve throughout and latency

Scalable Fabric Intelligence

  • Routing intelligence scales linearly as Intel® True Scale Fabric switches are added to the fabric
  • Intel Fabric Manager can initialize fabrics having several thousand nodes within seconds
  • Advanced and optimized routing algorithms overcome the limitations of typical subnet managers
  • Intelligent management tools quickly detect and respond to fabric changes, including isolating and correcting problems that can result in unstable fabrics

Strong Standards-based Foundation

Intel® True Scale Fabric solutions are compliant with all industry software and hardware standards. Intel® Fabric Suite redefines IBTA* management by coupling powerful management tools with intuitive user interfaces. InfiniBand* fabrics built using IFS deliver the highest levels of fabric performance, efficiency and management simplicity, allowing users to realize the full benefits from their HPC investments.

Highlights

  • Intel® FastFabric Toolset and Fabric Viewer integration with leading third-party HPC cluster management suites
  •  Simple but powerful Fabric Viewer dashboard for monitoring fabric performance
  • Intel Fabric Manager integration with leading HPC workload management suites that combine virtual fabrics and compute
  • Quality of Service (QoS) levels that maximize fabric efficiency and application performance
  •  Smart, powerful software tools that make Intel® True Scale Fabric solutions easy to install, configure, verify, optimize, and manage
  • Congestion control architecture that reduces the effects of fabric congestion caused by low credit availability that can result in head of line blocking
  •  Powerful fabric routing methods — including adaptive and dispersive routing — that optimize traffic flows to avoid or eliminate congestion, maximizing fabric throughput

Intel Fabric Manager’s advanced design ensures fabrics of all sizes and topologies — from fat-tree to mesh and torus — scale to support the most demanding HPC workloads

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