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Ixia at SC18

November 12, 2018 by Ixia Blog Team

SC18Ixia has maintained a lasting presence at the annual Supercomputing Conference (SC18 this year).

Over the years, we’ve provided Higher Speed Ethernet product demonstrations alongside various partners and we consistently offer traffic generation systems for circuit verification of the conference network.

For this year’s conference in Dallas (Nov 11 – 16), Ixia provided a 100GE network test system (XGS2-SDL chassis and Novus100GE load module) for circuit verification. This is important to Higher Education Service Providers who have unique transport and long-haul requirements. They want to demonstrate their network capabilities through live connections which must be tested prior to the start of the conference. 400GE in production is getting closer to reality and this group will be ready!

In a giant step beyond our typical involvement, Ixia also provided the visibility fabric for the conference’s IT infrastructure (SCinet). Our family of 1/10/40/100G fiber taps and Vision Packet Brokers (Vision ONE, Edge 40, Edge 100) are collecting packets and distributing them to a variety of security tools for deep packet and netflow analysis. This function is what keeps the conference network safe for partners, vendors and exhibitors. Traditionally, Network Security was not an important topic as a High Performance Computing Cluster is often treated as an isolated system. However, we must consider the growing complexities of network defense, the ramifications of a supercomputer breach and the migration of computation workloads to the public cloud.

Are you interested in what Ixia is doing with 400GE and security as they relate to supercomputing environments? We have two expert speakers giving talks during the SC2018 Exhibitor Forum:

  • "Make Sure the Network Isn’t the Problem! 400GE Considerations and Best Practices for Testing the Cluster Fabric" by James Low, Principal Solutions Architect
  • "Cybersecurity Considerations and Best Practices for Supercomputers" by Brennen Wright, Federal Systems Engineer