224 TFLOPs Supercomputer with near Terabit Networking at SC’16

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The teams of Orange Silicon Valley and Lumenir, together with U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, demonstrating a single 4U server “Supercomputer” with 224 TFLOPs of compute performance with near Terabit Network capability

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“This is a big step forward towards in-flight rich content processing at a near Terabit-scale," said Gabriel Sidhom, Vice President of Technology and Development at Orange Silicon Valley

Today, Orange Silicon Valley and Lumenir, in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, are working to demonstrate a 4U supercomputer, featuring 224 TFLOPs of compute performance and 800 Gbps network bandwidth, ideal for globally distributed computing. The demonstration will take place at SC’16, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, November 13-18, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Cloud Computing, globalization, the explosion of Big Data, and the increase in geographically dispersed teams are driving the demand for Large Data Transfers in a globally distributed computing environment. The demonstration is a result of joint effort to concentrate the highest possible computational capability in a 4U server platform under a single PCIe root complex. With 12 general purpose GPUs (GPGPU) and eight 100 Gbps Network Interfaces, this is one of the fastest servers with a near Terabit network capability. This single server features 112 TFLOPs Single Precision and 224 TFLOPS Half Precision computational capability along with 800 Gbps RDMA network capability.

“This is a big step forward towards in-flight rich content processing at a near Terabit-scale. The future of smart content delivery will also require effective AI capabilities embedded inside our infrastructure," said Gabriel Sidhom, Vice President of Technology and Development at Orange Silicon Valley. "This experiment allows us to demonstrate intelligent video understanding with near-real-time capability using supercomputers at the edge of our core assets – the network backbone.“

The server platform was assembled by the team at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, with the help of Orange Silicon Valley and Lumenir, and is a demonstration of dynamically deployed, complex, live, 4K by 60 fps uncompressed UHD video streams processed with a single “Supercomputer" at the edge of the WAN. The demonstration includes five geographically distributed 100 Gbps connections from Oakland, Salt Lake City, Chicago and Washington, DC and demonstrates a dynamic workflow which can be rapidly redeployed to satisfy different processing needs. This configuration permits nationally distributed resources to be leveraged in a way that is relevant to emerging data processing challenges. As a 12 GPU platform, the WAN transfer node can provide real (or near real) time neural network analysis capability over many high bit rate video streams with the potential to exceed 120,000 images per second.

Lumenir, an engineering and design startup in Silicon Valley, was instrumental for the engineered modification of standard GPUs from double-wide to a single-wide PCIe form-factor required to pack this level of compute density into a 4U platform. Using CFD modeling, Lumenir designed an innovative heat sink with integrated vapor chamber that reduces thermal resistance and spreads the heat across the heat sink base.

“This is a step towards hyper-converged, heterogeneous appliances at the edge of networks with extreme bandwidth that will transform global computing and the future of machine learning and artificial intelligence” said Bryan Silbermann, Founder and CEO of Lumenir.

The demo has been staged at the StarLight Booth# 2611 during SC’16.

About Orange Silicon Valley
Orange Silicon Valley (OSV) is the Bay Area Business Innovation Center of Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, serving 263 million customers across 30 countries. Through research, development, and strategic analysis, OSV actively participates in the disruptive innovations that are changing the way we communicate. OSV contributes to and engages with the regional Silicon Valley ecosystem through numerous programs, such as the Orange Fab startup accelerator, Orange Institute, and ongoing collaborations with OSV partners.

OSV thrives on collaboration, working closely with Silicon Valley & San Francisco to foster innovation and seek out disruption. In an accelerating present OSV anticipates that the future is closer than we think. OSV acts as guides to the digital revolution occurring in the San Francisco Bay Area, regularly hosting startups, businesses, and corporate leadership

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

About Lumenir
Lumenir, Inc. is an engineering and design company focused on hyper-converged, storage, and compute appliances. Lumenir, Inc. is an early-stage start-up based in the heart of Silicon Valley. For more information please visit: http://www.lumenir-innovations.com.

About the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is the Navy's full-spectrum corporate laboratory, conducting a broadly based multidisciplinary program of scientific research and advanced technological development. The Laboratory, with a total complement of approximately 2,500 personnel, is located in southwest Washington, D.C., with other major sites at the Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Monterey, Calif. NRL has served the Navy and the nation for over 90 years and continues to meet the complex technological challenges of today's world. For more information, visit the NRL homepage or join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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