AMD Collaborates with The Energy Sciences Network on Launch of its Next-Generation, High-Performance Network to Enhance Data-Intensive Science

ESnet6 leverages AMD adaptive networking technology for packet monitoring at extremely high transfer rates and to allow for continuous innovation in the network 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announ짯ced its col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on with the Ener짯gy Sci짯en짯ces Net짯work (ESnet) on the launch of ESnet6, the newest gene짯ra짯ti짯on of the U.S. Depart짯ment of Energy셲 (DOE셲) high-per짯for짯mance net짯work dedi짯ca짯ted to science.

AMD work짯ed clo짯se짯ly with ESnet sin짯ce 2018 to inte짯gra짯te powerful adap짯ti짯ve com짯pu짯ting for the smart and pro짯gramma짯ble net짯work nodes of ESnet6. ESnet6셲 extre짯me sca짯le packet moni짯to짯ring sys짯tem uses AMD Alveo꽓 U280 FPGA-based net짯work-atta짯ched acce짯le짯ra짯tor cards at the core net짯work swit짯ching nodes. This will enable high-touch packet pro짯ces짯sing and help impro짯ve the accu짯ra짯cy of net짯work moni짯to짯ring and manage짯ment to enhan짯ce per짯for짯mance. The pro짯gramma짯ble hard짯ware allows for new capa짯bi짯li짯ties to be added for con짯ti짯nuous inno짯va짯ti짯on in the network.

In order to cus짯to짯mi짯ze AMD Alveo U280 2x100Gb/s acce짯le짯ra짯tors as net짯work inter짯face cards (NIC) for ESnet6, the Open짯NIC over짯lay deve짯lo짯ped by AMD was used to pro짯vi짯de stan짯dard net짯work-inter짯face and host-attach짯ment hard짯ware, allo짯wing novel and expe짯ri짯men짯tal net짯wor짯king func짯tions to be imple짯men짯ted easi짯ly on the Alveo card. Open짯NIC has sin짯ce been open-sourced after being suc짯cessful짯ly used and evol짯ved by ESnet, as well as various lea짯ding aca짯de짯mic rese짯arch groups. Also important for rapid inno짯va짯ti짯on by non-hard짯ware experts was the use of the AMD VitisNetP4 deve짯lo짯p짯ment tools for com짯pi짯ling the P4 packet pro짯ces짯sing lan짯guage to FPGA hardware.

AMD Alveo U280 cards, using Open짯NIC and VitisNetP4, are being deploy짯ed on every node of the ESnet6 net짯work. The high-touch approach based on FPGA-acce짯le짯ra짯ted pro짯ces짯sing allows every packet in the ESnet6 net짯work to be moni짯to짯red at extre짯me짯ly high trans짯fer rates to enable deep insights into the beha짯vi짯or of the net짯work, as well as hel짯ping to rapidly detect and cor짯rect pro짯blems and hot spots in the net짯work. The Alveo U280 card with Open짯NIC plat짯form also sup짯pli짯es the adap짯ta짯bi짯li짯ty to allow the con짯ti짯nuous roll-out of new capa짯bi짯li짯ties to the end user com짯mu짯ni짯ty as needs evol짯ve over the life짯time of ESnet6.

The bene짯fits of AMD adap짯ti짯ve com짯pu짯ting at deman짯ding net짯work line rates are also appli짯ed to the edges of the ESnet6 net짯work. Glo짯bal짯ly dis짯tri짯bu짯ted sci짯en짯ti짯fic instru짯ments are the pri짯ma짯ry sources of the 쐀ig data sci짯ence flows that ESnet must sup짯port. The Alveo card with Open짯NIC can be used for cus짯to짯mi짯zed data fil짯te짯ring and sha짯ping befo짯re trans짯mis짯si짯on over ESnet. For super짯com짯pu짯ting faci짯li짯ties, which are among the desti짯na짯ti짯ons for the짯se lar짯ge data sets, the Alveo card with Open짯NIC can be used for load balan짯cing across com짯pu짯te and sto짯rage servers.

AMD is hono짯red to pro짯vi짯de ESnet with lea짯ding-edge tech짯no짯lo짯gy and exper짯ti짯se nee짯ded to help bring the new net짯work into ser짯vice, said Ivo Bol짯sens, seni짯or vice pre짯si짯dent and CTO of Adap짯ti짯ve and Embedded Com짯pu짯ting Group, at AMD. AMD FPGA-based adap짯ti짯ve net짯wor짯king capa짯bi짯li짯ties make up a core buil짯ding block of the ESnet6 extre짯me-sca짯le packet pro짯ces짯sing sys짯tem and pro짯vi짯de the under짯pin짯ning for the DOE셲 future visi짯on of dis짯tri짯bu짯ted e몊cience.

High-capa짯ci짯ty, high-per짯for짯mance networking
Head짯quar짯te짯red at Law짯rence Ber짯ke짯ley Natio짯nal Labo짯ra짯to짯ry (Ber짯ke짯ley Lab), ESnet ser짯ves as the 쐂ata cir짯cu짯la짯to짯ry sys짯tem for the DOE, con짯nec짯ting all of its natio짯nal labo짯ra짯to짯ries, and tens of thou짯sands of DOE-fun짯ded rese짯ar짯chers. This includes DOE셲 pre짯mier sci짯en짯ti짯fic instru짯ments and super짯com짯pu짯ter cen짯ters inclu짯ding the world셲 first exas짯ca짯le sys짯tem, the Fron짯tier super짯com짯pu짯ter powered by AMD EPYC꽓 CPUs and AMD Instinct꽓 Accelerators.

ESnet6 is built to sup짯port the DOE셲 mul짯ti-bil짯li짯on-dol짯lar invest짯ment in sci짯en짯ti짯fic rese짯arch that leads to breakth짯roughs that impact our ever짯y짯day lives. It repres짯ents a trans짯for짯ma짯tio짯nal chan짯ge in the way net짯works are built for sci짯en짯ti짯fic rese짯arch, said Inder Mon짯ga, exe짯cu짯ti짯ve direc짯tor of ESnet. AMD셲 tech짯no짯lo짯gy helps us enhan짯ce the resi짯li짯en짯cy, fle짯xi짯bi짯li짯ty and per짯for짯mance of the network.

With over 46 Tera짯bits per second of band짯width, ESnet6 fea짯tures a signi짯fi짯cant increase in band짯width over pri짯or gene짯ra짯ti짯ons to sup짯port uni짯que needs of sci짯en짯ti짯fic rese짯arch. With this boost in capa짯ci짯ty, along with new ser짯vice capa짯bi짯li짯ties, sci짯en짯tists can more quick짯ly pro짯cess, ana짯ly짯ze, visua짯li짯ze, share, and store the moun짯ta짯ins of rese짯arch data pro짯du짯ced by expe짯ri짯ments, mode짯ling and simu짯la짯ti짯ons. Data rapidly moves bet짯ween the inter짯con짯nec짯ted sites and col짯la짯bo짯ra짯tors, acce짯le짯ra짯ting time to discovery.

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