New OFA Webinar: System Administration and Interoperability of Diverse Fabrics

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December 4, 2018 at 10 a.m. Pacific

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The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is excited to announce a new webinar as part of its effort to continue the valuable discussions held at the Annual OFA Workshops. This upcoming webinar will focus on educating system administrators of high-performance fabrics about co-existence of heterogeneous fabrics and highlight the ongoing challenges and potential solutions.

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10 a.m. Pacific

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Presenter: Jesse Martinez, Technical Lead for the HPC Networking Team within the HPC Systems Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Title: System Administration and Interoperability of Diverse Fabrics

About: Fabrics technologies are continuously evolving and System Administrators are under pressure to deploy new fabric technologies in a continuous quest to improve application efficiency and programmer productivity.  Increasingly, that means integrating multiple, heterogeneous fabrics. This applies to both the applications, and overall system design (Compute Cluster, Storage Networks, etc.).  While choosing between various fabric technologies depending on their features the system administration has to consider the challenges these underlying shared fabric stack code brings.  Due to this shared common code base, challenges can arise when trying to use them on the same system at the same time, and/or being able to interchange the technology on a system (namely InfiniBand and Omni-Path).  Ability to integrate heterogeneous fabrics into their environments requires knowledge of the network layer deployment as well as the associated system/kernel dependencies and effects.

In this talk, system administrators can get an understanding of some of the biggest challenges they face regularly.

  • Educate and understand the various fabrics functionalities
  • Identify documentation needed to deploy and maintain these heterogeneous fabrics
  • Understanding of other sysadmin communities and how to get connected to share the learnings and knowledge
  • Standardization and support for these technologies to interoperate.

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