Dell Technologies HPC Community Event
About the Event
To meet the performance specifications of a particular application the network designers must work within the technical constraints of the day. However, the performance specifications are ever becoming more stringent and growing with each generation. Simply looking at microbenchmark latency and bandwidth is not sufficient to ensure good performance, so what does matter? This session will define some of the key concepts needed for good network design and look at how some traditional networks compare.
About the Speaker
Jeff Kirk, Storage Networking Engineer, Dell Technologies
Jeff has spent his career working at the leading edge of computing and networking. Jeff is currently working in the Dell Technologies ISG CTIO Office and is an HPC and AI Technology Strategist where he has helped grow the HPC program with a new vision, strategy, business development efforts, and new partnerships and solutions. Prior to joining Dell EMC, Jeff worked at several cutting edge semi-conductor companies. At AMD he specialized in superscalar RISC and x86 platforms for high performance computation (1999). At Mellanox he worked on some of the first InfiniBand HPC installations, including the Virginia Tech cluster that reached number three on the top 500 (Big Mac) using Apple workstations (Nov 2004). While at Mellanox he supported Dr. D.K. Panda and the first implementation of MVAPICH at his alma mater, The Ohio State University. Later at Solarflare his focus was OS bypass technology and financial markets (2010).
After moving to Dell, Jeff worked in Dell Networking implementing their first Fibre Channel over Ethernet systems and he holds several patents on FCoE (2013). His interest in low latency high performance fabrics has grown as the size of HPC systems has increased. Since transferring to the Server CTO office, he has been thinking hard about how to improve HPC networking and lower latency with innovative new architectures. He believes the future of HPC is better than it ever has been.