INTEL OMNI-PATH ARCHITECTURE
The Next-Generation Fabric
Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA), an element of Intel Scalable System Framework, delivers the performance for tomorrow’s high performance computing (HPC) workloads and the ability to scale to tens of thousands of nodes—and eventually more—at a price competitive with today’s fabrics. The Intel OPA 100 Series product line is an end-to-end solution of PCIe adapters, switches, cables, and management software. As the successor to Intel True Scale Fabric, this optimized HPC fabric is built upon a combination of enhanced IP and Intel technology.
The Future of High Performance Fabrics
Current standards-based high performance fabrics were not originally designed for HPC, resulting in performance and scaling weaknesses that are currently impeding the path to Exascale computing. Intel Omni-Path Architecture is being designed specifically to address these issues and scale cost-effectively from entry level HPC clusters to larger clusters with 10,000 nodes or more. Intel is using the industry’s best technologies including those acquired from QLogic and Cray alongside Intel technologies.
The enhancements of Intel OPA will help enable the progression towards Exascale while cost-effectively supporting clusters of all sizes with optimization for HPC applications at both the host and fabric levels for benefits that are not possible with standard designs.
Intel OPA is designed to provide the:
- Features and functionality at both the host and fabric levels to greatly raise levels of scaling
- CPU and fabric integration necessary for the increased computing density, improved reliability, reduced power, and lower costs required by significantly larger HPC deployments
- Fabric tools to readily install, verify, and manage fabrics at this level of complexity
Key Fabric Features and Innovations
Adaptive Routing monitors the performance of the possible paths between fabric end-points and selects the least congested path to rebalance the packet load.
Intel Omni-Path Fabric supports a variety of routing methods, including defining alternate routes that disperse traffic flows for redundancy, performance, and load balancing.
Traffic Flow Optimization
Traffic Flow Optimization optimizes the quality of service beyond selecting the priority—based on virtual lane or service level—of messages to be sent on an egress port.
Packet Integrity Protection
Packet Integrity Protection allows for rapid and transparent recovery of transmission errors between a sender and a receiver on an Intel Omni-Path Architecture link.
Dynamic Lane Scaling
Dynamic Lane Scaling allows an operation to continue even if one or more lanes of a 4x link fail, saving the need to restart or go to a previous checkpoint to keep the application running.Contact us about Intel Omni-Path
Director Class Switches 100 Series
Intel Omni-Path Director Class Switches, an element of the Intel Scalable System Framework, are part of an end-to-end product family for HPC fabrics that delivers high performance with breakthrough cost models. Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) builds on proven technologies from Intel True Scale Architecture, the Cray Aries interconnect, and open source software to provide an evolutionary on-ramp to revolutionary new fabric capabilities.
Fabric Edge Switches 100 Series
Intel Omni-Path Fabric Edge Switches, an element of the Intel Scalable System Framework, are part of an end-to-end product family for HPC fabrics that delivers high performance with breakthrough value. The Intel Omni-Path Architecture uses proven technologies from Intel True Scale Architecture, the interconnect by Cray Aries, and open source software to provide revolutionary new fabric capabilities.
Host Fabric Interface Adapters 100 Series
Intel Omni-Path Host Fabric Interface Adapters, designed specifically for HPC, the Intel Omni-Path Host Fabric Interface (Intel OP HFI) uses an advanced connectionless design that delivers performance that scales with high node and core counts; making it the ideal choice for the most demanding application environments. Intel OP HFI supports 100 Gbps per port, which means each Intel OP HFI port can deliver up to 25 GBps per port of bidirectional bandwidth.