Academic Training Lecture Regular Programme

High Performance Networking (1/5)

by A. Van Praag (CERN-IT)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium


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The trend of always-faster "High Performance Networking" brings us now a days a number of new standards that range all in the 10 Gbit/s bandwidth. Some of those standards are based on completely new technology to accelerate the physical network and the software aspects of it. Others are based on proven technology that gets adapted and includes parts of other technologies to be more universal. This means that, primary; new networking standards will try to impose its functions as a kind of bus to integrate, back panel, crate connections and networking in one. Secondly; use networking to melt the local network and the wide area network to one large data transfer system. The proposed physical bandwidth of 10 Gbit/s is already around and will soon extend to 40 Gbit/s. It is only a question of time before even 120 Gbit/s will be seen.

But this speed factor not only opens faster transfer and new possibilities but also opens a new range of technical problems, on the physical level, on the level of algorithms and on the level of protocols. They have to be understood, to be solved or worked around. It is the aim of this academic training to give detailed information about how the new standards work and to show advantages and problems of each of theme in a series of 5 lectures:

20 January 2003 History of High Performance Networking
21 January 2003 Yesterdays High Performance Networks of 1 Gbit/s (100 MByte/s)
22 January 2003 The "Gigabyte System Network" (GSN) the Pioneer of 10 Gbit/s
23 January 2003 "Infiniband" (EB) with 2.5 Gbit/s to 30 Gbit/s wants to do everything
24 January 2003 "Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing" (DWDM) and "10 Gigabit Ethernet" (10GE) or the LANWAN Integration
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