Salt Lake City Lights Up With Fastest Network in The World for Annual Supercomputing Conference

  Salt Lake City Lights Up With Fastest Network in The World for Annual
  Supercomputing Conference

Massive 790 Gigabits of Capacity to Support High Performance Computing
Demonstrations; Media invited to tour live network operations center on
exhibit floor


Business Wire

SALT LAKE CITY -- November 09, 2012

Beginning Saturday, November 10, Salt Lake City will be home to one of the
fastest computer networks anywhere in the world.

Called SCinet, the network is built each year to support SC, the international
conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.
Over 100 engineers representing industry, academia and government institutions
have volunteered their time over the past year to plan and build SCinet using
nearly $28 million in donated equipment. The network will serve as the primary
backbone supporting all 10,000+ SC conference attendees as they unveil their
latest innovations in high performance computing applications.

"SCinet is the primary platform for SC exhibitors to demonstrate the most
cutting edge high performance computing applications and collaborations. We
support their requirements by building a sophisticated on-site network that
links the exhibit floor to the largest and fastest research networks around
the world,"said Linda Winkler, Senior Network Engineer at Argonne National
Laboratory and chair of SCinet for SC12."As science continues to demand more
data intensive and distributed computing – networks play an important role.
SCinet allows the networking community to work closely with scientists to show
researchers at SC first hand how advanced network technologies can help
accelerate science."

As it does each year, SCinet will be provisioning an unprecedented amount of
bandwidth into the conference's host convention center. In 2012, SCinet will
connect multiple 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) and 100 Gbps circuits in
collaboration with leading national and international research networks
including ACE, CANARIE, Cisco Research Wave, ESnet, Internet2, JGN, National
LambdaRail, KISTI, PacWave, SURFnet, TransPAC, Utah Education Network and the
University of Utah which are donating bandwidth to support the conference.

SCinet worked in partnership with the Utah Education Network and the
University of Utah to deploy the local infrastructure needed to support this
connectivity including acquiring access to miles of fiber optic cable in the
Salt Lake metro area and into the Salt Palace. In total, SCinet will deliver
nearly 800 Gbps in total capacity to the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Winkler added,"Unlike typical Internet traffic, scientific workflows tend to
demand high capacity network links for long duration large data flows. The
SCinet infrastructure was architected to meet these demanding requirements."

In addition to the massive external capacity SCinet will bring to the
convention center, the network is also providing an experimental testbed
called theSCinet Research Sandbox(SRS), which provides a unique opportunity
for researchers to showcase disruptive network research using emerging
technologies like 100 Gbps circuits as well as OpenFlow technology. Seven
projectshave been selected as part of the SRS program, all of which will
provide apresentation as part of the SC12 Technical Programand will be
demonstrating their research in several exhibit booths during the conference.

As always, SCinet will provide attendees with wireless connectivity leveraging
the Salt Palace's recently upgraded wireless infrastructure. In addition,
SCinet will be providingEduroam(education roaming) service, which allows
users (researchers, teachers, students, staff) from participating institutions
to securely access the protected wireless network using their home
organization's login credentials.

SCinet is the result of the hard work and significant contributions of many
government, research, education and corporate collaborators who have
volunteered time, equipment and expertise to ensure SC12's success.
Collaborators in SCinet for 2012 include:

                                      *Mississippi State University
  *Air Force Research Laboratory     *National Institute of Computational
  *Alcatel-Lucent                      Science
  *Argonne National Laboratory       *National LambdaRail
  *Arista                            *National Center for Atmospheric
  *Army Research Laboratory            Research (NCAR)
  *Brocade                           *The National Center for Supercomputing
  *CA Technologies                     Applications (NCSA) at the University
  *Caltech                             of Illinois
  *CANARIE Inc.                      *National Energy Research Scientific
  *CENIC                               Computing Center (NERSC)
  *CentraCom                         *Network for Education and Research in
  *CenturyLink                         Oregon (NERO)
  *Ciena                             *National Institute for Computational
  *Cisco                               Sciences
  *Clemson University                *National Oceanic and Atmospheric
  *Colorado School of Mines            Administration (NOAA)
  *CSC                               *Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  *DANTE                             *Penn State
  *Department of Defense HPC         *Purdue University
    Modernization Program (HPCMP)     *Red Hat
  *ERDC/ITL                          *Rice University
  *ESnet                             *Richard Stockton College of NJ
  *ETH Zurich                        *San Diego Supercomputer Center
  *Federal University of Rio de      *Sandia National Laboratories
    Janeiro                           *Secure Mission Solutions
  *Florida LambdaRail                *SEECS NUST, Islamabad
  *FLR                               *SMDC/ARSTRAT Simulation Center
  *GEANT                             *Spirent
  *Gigamon                           *Strangeloop Networks
  *HEAnet                            *Syringa
  *Indiana University                *Telindus-ISIT
  *Infinera                          *UIC/StarLight
  *InMon Corp.                       *Univ of Florida
  *Internet Consulting of VT         *Universiteit van Amsterdam
  *Internet2                         *University of Auckland
  *Ixia                              *University of California Office of the
  *Juniper Networks                    President
  *King's College London             *University of Delaware
  *Karlsruhe Institute of            *University of Erlangen
    Technology                        *University of Heidelberg
  *Lawrence Berkeley National        *University of Illinois
    Laboratory                        *University of Mannheim
  *Lawrence Livermore National       *University of Oklahoma
    Laboratory                        *University of Reims Champagne Ardenne
  *LEARN: Lonestar Education and     *University of Tennessee Knoxville
    Research Network                  *University of Tennessee System
  *Level3 Communications             *University of Utah
  *Louisiana Optical Network         *University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Initiative (LONI)                 *US Army Space and Missile Defense
  *Los Alamos National Laboratory      Command
  *Meru Networks                     *Utah Education Network
                                      *Utah Transit Authority

Members of the media are invited to visit the on-site network operations
center and see the network in action during SC12. Media registration for the
conference is open.Members of the press can attend for free, but must fill
out theonline press form.

About SC12 SC12, sponsored by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
and the IEEE Computer Society, offers a complete technical education program
and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing,
networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery,
research, education and commerce. This premier international conference
includes a globally attended technical program, workshops, tutorials, a world
class exhibit area, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning.

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SC12 Communications Co-Chair
Ian MacConnell
(614) 353-4987