The Dell Networking Z9100-ON powers the “World’s Fastest Network”

One of the most powerful and advanced networks in the world – the “World’s Fastest Network”, or SCinet – will be on display this week at the Supercomputing Conference 2015 (SC15). SCinet is the primary network for the conference in which attendees are able to experience cutting-edge high-performance computing and networking applications. The network has an international footprint and this year will be featuring 100GbE switching and software defined networking. More than 125 volunteers, education institutions, equipment vendors, government agencies, and telecommunications carriers work together to design and deploy this state of the art network.

Dell is playing an important role in this year’s network by powering the computing and networking applications with the Dell Networking Z9100-ON fabric switch:

The Z9100-ON was launched earlier this year and was first to market to feature high density multi-rate 10/25/40/50/100GbE switching. It already has gotten rave reviews including winning the best of show finalist award at Interop Tokyo 2015. In this year’s SCinet, the Z9100-ON will be located in the Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, Caltech University, and University of Michigan SC15 booths as part of their interfaces into the SCinet network. It will also be a part of the Starlight POC – a major network exchange managed by Northwestern University, Argonne National Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of California San Diego, CANARIE (the national research and education network of Canada), and SURFnet (the national research and education network of the Netherlands). Starlight includes all major international research and education networks and federal agency networks focusing on data intensive science applications with 32 100Gbps connections. The Z9100-ON with up to 32 ports of 100GbE will be a key component in the Starlight POC.

Dell’s high density network switches have been at the center of  our state of the art network demonstrations at the SuperComputing conferences for the last several years…we are looking forward to stress testing the latest Dell SDN switches at and above the terabit/sec scale at SC15, in a managed SDN-driven national and transoceanic environment interlinking sites in the US, Europe and Latin America.

 — Harvey Newman, Professor of Physics, Caltech LHC Group and Network R&D Lead

As part of SCinet’s global reach, the Z9100-ON will be powering Americas Lightpaths (AmLight). Amlight is a research and education production infrastructure for communication and collaboration between the U.S. and Western Hemisphere science and engineering research and education communities. One Z9100-ON will be located at the Florida International University and another Z9100-ON will be located in the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Sao Paulo Brazil.

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About the Author: Kevin Oliver

Kevin Oliver is a product marketing manager for PowerEdge servers, with responsibility for emerging rack server offerings. Kevin’s prior work at Dell includes software defined, converged, and data center networking as well as M&A marketing integration. Additional previous work experience include Asia marketing management for National Instruments and Asia developer relations marketing for Intel.