A*Star, Obsidian Strategics and Tata Partner to Advance Supercomputing

The companies are partnering to complete the ExaScale Challenge.

As part of an initiative to create new supercomputing architectures, Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research Computational Research Center (A*Star CRC), Obsidian Strategics and Tata Communications have teamed up to complete the ExaScale challenge. The competition is to build a supercomputer that can deliver 1 million calculations per second.

The team will demonstrate data transmission at a speed of 100 Gbits per second across the Pacific via subsea optical cables to the Supercomputing 2014 conference. This transmission, according to the companies, will deliver data ten times faster than previously recorded transmission speeds between Asia and North America.

The initiative is aimed at developing and coordinating algorithms capable of leveraging the global InfiniBand network and remote supercomputing equipment.

“The power of supercomputing is on the rise from speeding up complex data analytics to bringing an accurate, simple weather forecast,” said Genius Wong, senior vice president, Global Network Services, Tata Communications. “We at Tata Communications are proud to be collaborating with A*Star CRC and Obsidian Strategics in advancing this technology and connecting supercomputers at multiple locations though our advanced and wholly-owned subsea cable network. By providing the 100 Gbits/s transport services to this project, we hope to advance such initiatives and help realize the power of supercomputing regionally and globally.”

For more information, visit A*Star, Obsidian Strategics and Tata Communications.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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