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joshsimons

Virtualized High Performance Computing in 2014

December 12, 2013
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Virtualized High Performance Computing in 2014

As we complete another circuit around the sun, it’s time again to make some predictions about what we’ll see over the course of our next orbit. Since my work in the Office of the CTO focuses on High Performance (Technical) Computing, I’ll focus there. But before looking ahead, let’s take a minute to look back and see how I did with my predictions last year . 2013 Predictions Scorecard Last year, my predictions related to public cloud, private cloud, RDMA in the cloud, virtual machine evolution, and HPC acquisitions. My biggest “miss” was also my most specific prediction — that Amazon would announce RDMA support in 2013 in order to better support latency-sensitive MPI applications. They did not,...

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joshsimons

Paravirtual RDMA for Low Latency and Flexibility

December 27, 2012
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The Office of the CTO has been exploring how to best enable application access to RDMA for those applications requiring the ultimate in high bandwidth, low-latency communication, which includes many HPC MPI applications as well as many scale-out databases and BigData approaches. Passthrough mode is the most straightforward way to enable guest-level RDMA. With passthrough (which we call VM DirectPath I/O), a physical PCI device can be made directly visible to the guest operating system running within the virtual machine. We published a research note showing that this approach delivers very good InfiniBand latencies (under 2us) and excellent bandwidths over a wide range of message sizes. There is a downside, however: Punching through the virtual machine abstraction in this way disables several...

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joshsimons

2013 Predictions: When Worlds Collide

December 18, 2012
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2013 Predictions: When Worlds Collide

It’s time again to dust off the crystal ball, cast the yarrow sticks, read the tea leaves, and share some thoughts about where the IT world is heading over the next twelve months and beyond. Because my focus at VMware is on High Performance Computing (HPC), I’ll confine my prognostications primarily to the growing area of overlap between mainstream Enterprise Computing and HPC — places where each world can benefit from the other in important ways. Before I start, let’s get one no-brainer prediction out of the way: 2012 will be remembered for Nicira , and not Nibiru . Yes, software-defined networking ( SDN ) will trump planetary collisions and the...

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joshsimons

HPC Performance in the Cloud: Status and Future Prospects

October 1, 2012
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HPC Performance in the Cloud: Status and Future Prospects

I spoke last week at ISC Cloud 2012 in Mannheim, Germany about the performance of HPC applications in the cloud, citing results from several studies. I have summarized the talk below and my PDF slide deck is available here . For full details of ISC Cloud 2012, I recommend the coverage at  HPC in the Cloud . I gave my talk to share some specific data about HPC performance in virtual environments, but I first described what new capabilities can be gained by virtualizing an HPC environment. I felt this was necessary because in HPC discussions it is often the case that...

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Bhavesh Davda

Low Latency on vSphere at VMworld 2012

September 19, 2012
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I was excited to have one of our partners, Mellanox, extend a special invitation for me to speak at their Expo booth during VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. They had allocated a 30 minute slot for a Theater Presentation and promoted my presentation via nice giveaways and postcards distributed in nearby VMworld hotels. I used this opportunity to reiterate some of the messages from the OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop in Monterey in March 2012 and to report on further progress with the Office of the CTO’s explorations into supporting RDMA at various levels in the vSphere ESXi hypervisor. In the first section of the presentation, I highlighted various use cases for RDMA...

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joshsimons

High Performance Computing with vSphere 5.1

August 29, 2012
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High Performance Computing with vSphere 5.1

We just announced a pile of new vSphere features at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco this week so I thought I’d take a few moments to describe several of those capabilities that will be of particular interest to High Performance Computing customers.

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joshsimons

The Case for IT Convergence

July 6, 2012
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I gave a talk recently at the HPC Advisory  Council Workshop at the International Supercomputing Conference ( ISC ’12) in Hamburg. The main purpose of the presentation, which was titled Ultra-low Latency in the Cloud: How low can we go?,  was to share our InfiniBand performance results with the HPC community to begin to address the question of whether cloud computing can be useful for more demanding types of applications than the throughput-oriented technical workloads that are known to run well in a virtualized cloud environment. (The short answer is we believe it can.) Before I presented our performance results, I spent the first part of the talk explaining what I see as an...

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joshsimons

Ultra-low latency in the Cloud: How low can we go?

June 13, 2012
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I’ll be speaking this weekend at the HPC Advisory Council European Conference 2012 in Hamburg, just prior to the International Supercomputing Conference ( ISC ’12 ), which runs from June 17-21st. If you will be attending either event and would like to talk about HPC and virtualization, send me an email — “simons” at the obvious place.

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joshsimons

Mendel says: It is time for low latency

August 25, 2011
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Those of you who have been reading my blog or listening to my various conference talks since I arrived at VMware last year know I have been arguing there is an important convergence underway between HPC and Enterprise IT requirements. In large part this is being driven by fundamental changes within Enterprise computing, specifically the move towards massive, horizontally-scaled infrastructure to deliver scalable services externally in the cloud or internally for strategic business advantage. As you’d expect with my background, I’ve been looking at this from an HPC perspective, noting that the HPC community has been heavily invested for decades in scale-out cluster provisioning, management, monitoring, etc. And they have built expertise around hardware architectures to support scale-out computing, most particularly in the...

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joshsimons

Summer of RDMA

July 8, 2011
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Those involved in HPC understand the need for low latency communication for many parallel distributed applications and for those applications whose storage requirements generate lots of small-message traffic. But it would be a mistake to assume low latency is an HPC-only issue. Why? Well, for two reasons. First, because as enterprise software architectures become more horizontally scaled (also referred to as “scale-out”) the performance of the link connecting communicating endpoints becomes much more of a first-class determinant of overall application performance, much like in HPC. Middleware examples include memcached , vFabric GemFire , and Hadoop . Oracle’s Exadata and Exalogic products are another example in that these appliances use an InfiniBand interconnect (the most popular high-speed interconnect technology...

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