Data Vortex Technologies to Introduce Their First Scalable Fine-Grained Gather-Scatter Parallel Computer at Supercomputing 2014

Featuring the ground breaking Data Vortex® Network

Austin, TX – Data Vortex®, a new supercomputer provider focusing on complicated applications critical to engineering, basic and applied scientific research, analytics mathematics and computer science, announced today it is taking orders for its first commercially available high performance computing (HPC) system, the DV206, consisting of 32 commodity dual processor servers connected with a Data Vortex Network System and Data Vortex Network interface cards. Data Vortex will be demonstrating the capabilities of its new system at the Supercomputing 2014 Conference in New Orleans, November 16-20.

Data Vortex targets “Hard Problems” that require intense processor-to-processor communications and therefore do not perform well on commodity clusters. While other HPC interconnects require loading data into large packets to achieve performance, the Data Vortex design embraces small packets. The network system is a high-radix, high bandwidth, low-latency, flat network carrying 64-bit payload packets. The network system efficiently gathers and scatters fine-grained data, thus enabling efficient communications among servers. The Data Vortex systems embrace a new computing paradigm to enable a wide class of algorithms. Strong performance on a suite of important problems will be demonstrated on the DV206.   The GFFT benchmark will be used to compare Data Vortex systems to existing parallel systems.

The Data Vortex systems represent a step away from the world of LINPACK and MPI. The programming environment consists of C on commodity processors along with a new parallel data passing system. The system comes with a rich API which enables a straight forward intuitive programming environment to realize the strengths of the hardware. This computing environment illustrates a completely new way of thinking about computing. It will spawn new classes of algorithms.

The DV206 represents significant performance/cost and performance/energy improvements over existing computers.    Moreover, because of the strong scaling properties of the system, the improvements over present day computers will become even more dramatic as the systems scale.

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