The Data Vortex was designed because large problems require parallel computing systems, which now typically comprise commodity technology servers and networks, but such clusters often experience communications bottlenecks for parallel applications that are communications-intensive. Thus, the Data Vortex Network is particularly important now: to enable the effective utilization of powerful microprocessors whose performance increases have greatly outpaced commodity network capabilities.

However, while the Data Vortex Network is a new technology designed to address current challenging problems, it is firmly rooted in mathematical theory and in the evolution of computing technologies. The Data Vortex Network was designed using mathematical principles dating back to 1938 and has benefitted from decades of mathematical work and computer design experience.

 


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1936:  In Lwow, Poland, mathematicians met at the Scottish Café. Similar to the coffee shops and salons of the Enlightenment, the café was a location where academics could discuss pressing issues of the day. In the spirit of shared mathematical discovery, patrons would pose problems in a book for their fellows to solve. Those who presented the problems sometimes offered prizes to the mathematician(s) who solved them. One of these prizes was a bottle of wine associated with Problem 110, introduced by Dr. Stanislaw Ulam. At the start of the Second World War, the so-called “Scottish Book” was buried underneath the post of the university’s football pitch. It was later recovered and returned to Ulam at Los Alamos after the War.

1976:  Dr. Coke Reed, with Polish mathematician, Dr. Krystyna Kuperberg, solved Problem 110. Dr. Ulam, as the last surviving person with an unsolved problem with a prize in the Scottish Book, held true to tradition, and responded with a simple telegram asking, “red or white?”. Both mathematicians were rewarded with the promised bottle of wine. Dr. Reed considered a dynamical system based around the solution which carried data rather than particles, giving birth to the Data Vortex.

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1997:  Interactic Holdings, LLC was formed in Delaware. During the next eighteen years, no venture or institutional funding was accepted. Private shareholders supported the company’s growth and intellectual property effort.

 

 

1999:  Following through with his hypothesis on a data carrying, dynamical system, Dr. Reed published the first Data Vortex patent based on his solution to Problem 110. Since that date, thirteen patents have been published and there are currently approximately seventeen more in the United States Patent Office Pipeline. The intellectual property is heavily protected world-wide.

 

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2008:  Chief Engineer, Ron Denny, was hired. By 2011, Mr. Denny led the engineering effort to design, build and deliver three DV102 beta test systems to The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas, and the Plexus Boulder Design Center.

 

2012:  Data Vortex investor Harry Lucas enabled Interactic, LLC to establish headquarters at the restored and relocated Austin, TX home of mathematician R.L. Moore. Dr. Moore was a professor of Dr. Reed’s. Mr. Lucas saw the Data Vortex effort as a product of applied Inquiry Based Learning – the teaching and educational method established by Dr. Moore and his colleague, Dr. Reed’s supervising professor, Dr. H.S. Wall. The company began hosting seminars and large strategic technical and business meetings.

 

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2013:  Chief Software Architect, Jay Rockstroh, and others were hired to launch the Data Vortex software effort. Having worked with chief engineer, Ron Denny, in the past, the team naturally synched and successfully delivered “KARMA”, a DV205 demonstration system running impressive performance on two significant government benchmarks. KARMA was showcased to shareholders and select customers during the Supercomputing 2013 conference in November.

2014:  The Data Vortex team publicly launches the DV206, “NOLA”, during the Supercomputing 2014 conference in New Orleans. Showcased at the
Renaissance Arts Hotel’s Arthur Roger Gallery, NOLA was open to visitors from across the globe as they were given the chance to see the Data Vortex in action.  By this point, the company’s software and administrative teams had grown to incorporate growing interest in the Data Vortex.

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2015: Data Vortex Technologies sold and delivered a DV205 system, “PEPSY”, to the United States Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PEPSY is specifically designed to solve problems requiring extensive processor-to-processor communication in parallel computing systems. The unique capabilities of the Data Vortex Network are expected to match well with PNNL and the Department of Energy’s needs of large graph searches.

2016: Three more Data Vortex systems are deployed around the United States at government and academic sites, including Indiana University Bloomington. Researchers at PNNL publish their initial and positive results run on PEPSY. Data Vortex Technologies is jointly awarded the HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award for Best Government/Industry Collaboration with the lab’s Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation (CENATE) at SC16 (news article).


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