​GÉANT at SC18 with the world’s High Performance Computing community 

SC18-logo_small.jpgGÉANT is finalising preparations for its presence at SC18, billed as the world’s largest marketplace for HPC and networking professionals, attracting over 12,000 attendees annually. Held this year in Dallas, TX, the event runs from November 11-16 and GÉANT and many of our partners will be attending. 

GÉANT will be exhibiting in the research area from 12-15 November at booth #1847, where visitors can see several demonstrations, learn how GÉANT and our partners support international collaboration, or just talk science! 

Displaying collaboration panels to give a bigger impact for us all, partners and their users include: 

  • CESNET: IT4I (#3753)
  • DFN: 
    • German Climate Computing Centre (#217) 
    •  JSC (#3453)
    • Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (#1841)
    • ZIH-TUD (#827) 

  • GARR: CINECA (#2047)
  • HEAnet: ICHEC (#4246) 
  • Jisc: EPCC (#2800) 
  • PRACE (#2033) 
  • PSNC: 
    • PIONIER (#1015)
    • ICM (#4417) 

  • RedIRIS: BSC (#2038) 
  • SURFnet: SURF (#2041) 
  • SWITCH: CSCS-ETH (#344) 
  • UNINETT/NORDUnet: NTNU (#3003) 

And for the first time, GÉANT will be supporting the delivery of high performance wi-fi to attendees, with eduroam Visitor Access, providing booth visitors with eduroam trial accounts. 

Our demos include: 

GÉANT Network Management as a Service (NMaaS): explore its multiple benefits, as a system, an application marketplace, and as a service.

NMaaS provides a portfolio of network management applications run on a per-user, secured network monitoring infrastructure. GÉANT’s NMaaS service includes three aspects: providing, managing and maintaining the infrastructure of the NMaaS service portal, platform and selected tools, supporting users in using the system, and the selected tools for monitoring their networks via NMaaS, as well as supporting users that contribute their software to the NMaaS system.

Mars Soundscapes (a new take on sonification of Mars images and data)

Domenico Vicinanza, of GÉANT’s Research Engagement team, has been invited to the NASA booth to showcase his work on sonification of Mars images and data. The demo will be using both conventional speakers and vibrational transducers so the audience can feel the vibrations with their hands, having a sort of ‘first-person experience’ of a sunrise on Mars. The series of Mars soundscapes will be premiered on Tuesday 13 November at the NASA booth #2609. 

GÉANT Testbed Service – proving that that virtualisation in advanced high-performance networks is viable and demonstrable.

The GTS virtualisation technology was initially conceived to aid network research, and has now evolved to include many other promising new capabilities. These virtualised service capabilities, when available in the global core infrastructure, can be of significant value to global science: flexible global networks, rapid instantiation/reconfiguration, line rate/high performance, customised services, integration with other science infrastructure, support for bespoke community/application specific policy, and security. 

PVM – a unique and scalable tool for virtual network service monitoring and fault localisation in virtualised environments.

PVM is a vendor agnostic hybrid monitoring tool which provides real-time feedback to network operations personnel or users and determines whether those services are performing to specification. If there is performance degradation, PVM has a unique capability to automatically localise faults in each network service separately. It can be used as a stand-alone tool but also integrated into the network management supporting software system which invokes performance monitoring automatically via standardised interfaces and receives alarms from it. The demonstration will show two instances of the PVM: one established in the production GÉANT network, and one in a virtualised GTS environment. 

We hope to see you there! 

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