Today, EMC is announcing Native Hybrid Cloud, a turnkey, Pivotal Cloud Foundry Converged Platform that accelerates and simplifies cloud-native application development and deployment. It reduces the weeks and months once needed to push out new applications and features to just days or hours. With Native Hybrid Cloud, organizations gain the agility they need to accelerate business outcomes that can differentiate their organization, increase customer loyalty and grow revenue.Listen to what Chad Sakac of EMC, James Watters at Pivotal, and Kevin Reid of Virtustream have to say about the introduction Native Hybrid Cloud.For the new age of digital-driven customers, user experience trumps all. Applications are now the new face of business. They need to be available anytime, anywhere and on any device while providing real-time updates and intelligent interactions. This necessitates embracing new development models for delivering and iterating cloud-native applications, enabling faster innovation and response to business demands.Many enterprises are struggling to make the transition to this model because planning, designing and building a custom platform for cloud-native applications can be a complex project – too long for customers who need a solution to address immediate business needs and too costly to maintain and enhance. That is why EMC is introducing Native Hybrid Cloud – a fully engineered Converged Platform – to accelerate the development and deployment of cloud-native applications and deliver a turnkey Pivotal Cloud Foundry developer experience.The Native Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service with Pivotal Cloud Foundry software can be deployed in as little as two days after system delivery. This can be up to 93% faster time to code compared to a build your own* approach. It also connects developers to IT ops to accelerate the delivery of cloud native applications. With the Native Hybrid Cloud, applications can be pushed out as soon as code is written seamlessly and consistently.And, it not only reduces the time and effort to develop and deploy new applications, but it streamlines the conversion of traditional apps to cloud native.Native Hybrid Cloud delivers an on-premises platform to provide the performance, security and data sovereignty required to meet business demands. It also brokers the provisioning of applications off-premises to Virtustream for customers seeking a hosted option – all with the same seamless turnkey developer experience. Native Hybrid Cloud accelerates and simplifies application development and offers an add-on option that produces a comprehensive toolkit for data scientists and engineers to perform big data analytics.Native Hybrid Cloud integrates Pivotal Cloud Foundry’s cloud-native platform withVMware Vsphere or OpenStack (and in the future VMware Photon) with VCE hyper-converged VxRack System 1000 offerings. Selecting the vSphere option enables customers to maximize compatibility with existing VMware investments while Photon or Openstack optimize scalability and efficiency for cloud native applications.With Native Hybrid Cloud, developers can simply build and iterate their code, with instant access to application services and always-on data protection while IT Operations gains full visibility and control through built-in monitoring and reporting. This is one of the hardest parts of achieving a true DevOps experience – and it’s fully packaged for customers into an engineered platform. Supported end to end by EMC with upgrades and single contact support, Native Hybrid Cloud reduces the cost, time and complexity associated with building your own cloud-native platform.For more information on our solution, visit our webpage.*Source – Compared to equivalent environment
With #SC16 in full swing this week, Dell EMC has a strong presence here per usual. While we’re spending a great deal of time meeting with customers and partners, presenting and demonstrating our latest HPC technologies, I wanted to share some detail on our highly anticipated PowerEdge C6320p Server that will be available next month.As you know, highly parallelized computing plays an important role in high performance computing (HPC). Compared to serial computing, parallel computing is much better suited for modeling, simulating and understanding complex, real world phenomena. In many cases, serial programs “waste” potential computing power. Parallel software is specifically intended for parallel hardware with multiple cores, threads, etc.Historically, parallel computing has been considered to be “the high end of computing,” and has been used to model difficult problems in many areas of science and engineering. However, today, with the emergence of Big Data and Machine Learning, commercial applications provide an equal or greater driving force in the development of faster computers. These applications also require the processing of large amounts of data in sophisticated ways that parallel computing allows.Dell EMC PowerEdge C6320p Server- High performance for parallel coding, low- latency with simplified managementThe PowerEdge C6320p server is specifically designed to address this parallel processing environment. It delivers both the parallel processing capability and power, as well as the low latency throughput.Working through increasingly complex problems needs not just fast, accurate results – raw performance – but also a properly balanced and integrated system. The system delivers greater throughput along with processing capacity to manage the rapid data growth and increased workload demands.The PowerEdge C6320p is a half-width 1U server node, powered by the Intel Xeon Phi processor and purpose-built for dense, highly parallel, high performance computing environments. With up to 4 nodes housed in a C6300 chassis, it delivers 288 out-of-order cores in a 2U space. It also delivers better performance for parallel code by using the Intel Xeon Phi processor with up to 72 out-of-order cores, and providing a choice of low latency IO options – with either Intel Omni-Path or Mellanox EDR InfiniBand fabrics. The integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 8 (iDRAC8) with Lifecycle Controller streamlines operations by simplifying and automating the steps to deploy, monitor, and update PowerEdge C6320p servers and ensures higher levels of service and availability – without using OS agents that interfere with application performance.Applicability across various industry verticalsThe C6320p server is ideal for data intensive computation in a number of areas, like seismic analysis, machine learning and weather simulation. In organizations undertaking more complex and time-sensitive computational tasks, scalability becomes critical. The C6320p can scale rapidly across large distributed systems, enabling the construction of complex neural networks.It’s important to note that the Intel Xeon Phi processor is binary-compatible with other Intel Xeon processors, which allows you to protect your coding investment by using the same x86 code/developer base & optimizations you already know. Standardizing on Intel architecture means you can use a single programming model for your code, helping increase efficiency through a shared developer base and code reuse, and minimizing the need to retrain programmers to new interfaces, methodologies, and languages – saving time and costs.Results that get breakthrough HPC performanceIncreased application performance: HPC applications that are highly vectorized and parallel can perform two times faster with the Knights Landing Intel Xeon Phi that can execute 32 double-precision floating point operations per cycle.Faster insights to Big Data: The Knights Landing processor also includes an on-package 16GB memory module called multi-channel DRAM (MCDRAM) in addition to traditional DDR4 memory. This allows the data to be placed close to the computation (cores) and accessed much faster than going to the system memory, allowing for more computational efficiency.Dell EMC PowerEdge C6320p, available later this year, is a balanced platform design of powerful processing and low latency IO reaches deeper insights for research faster. The PowerEdge C6320p complements Dell EMC’s existing HPC offerings, providing a solution optimized for highly parallel workloads. If you’re at SC16, swing by booth #1217. We’d love to talk with you more about this server and plenty of other technologies and solutions we’ll be demo-ing all week!
In the first blog in this series we talked about programmable fabrics and their use causes. In this blog we’ll look at what a programmable fabric actually looks like.The following diagram shows the high-level architecture of a programmable fabric:The programmable fabric can be broken down into two main layers, the control plane and the data plane.Control Plane LayerThe control plane layer is responsible for configuring and managing the data plane and is normally more centrally located, i.e., one per PoP or region.The control plane is normally divided into three separate domains – Fabric, Telemetry & Configuration and Management – to allow them to scale independently. However, they could be implemented in one software controller, for example in a small-scale implementation.1. Fabric ControllerThe Fabric Controller controls the loading and programming of the data plane pipeline using the P4 Runtime interface to communicate with the data plane’s programmable forwarding engine as shown in the diagram below.There will be a number of controller applications or “network functions” that talk to the fabric controller to control various aspects of the programmable fabric.The Fabric Management applications manage the underlying network fabric setup and configuration. It can also be thought of as a number of virtualized switch and router network functions that provide the underlying network fabric using the programmable fabric.The Fabric Management applications rely on user plane functionality being implemented in the P4 pipeline in the PFE.The NF control plane uses a CUPS (Control User Plane Separation) methodology to implement the control plane portion of a Network Function while the user plane functions are pushed down into the “data plane node” as described in this document.2. Telemetry ControllerThe Telemetry Controller allows applications (i.e. Fault Management) to collect telemetry on the network elements in the programmable fabric using the Programmable Fabric’s gNMI streaming interface. It is expected that other applications will use things like machine learning to provide more intelligent decisions and provide control loop feedback into the Fabric Controller applications to provide pre-emptive service reconfiguration and repair as we move towards autonomous networks.3. Configuration and Management ControllerThe Configuration and Management Controller will provide applications with common north bound interfaces and models for the configuration and management of the programmable fabric.The OpenConfig group provides a set of network data models that allow network functions to be managed using a common set of tools and protocols. The gNMI and gNOI interfaces use the OpenConfig models to allow efficient access to configure and manage the network functions in the Programmable Fabric.Data Plane LayerThe data plane does the bulk of the network traffic forwarding only sending exception or control packets up to the control plane for processing (i.e. DHCP for a new IPoE session in a BNG-c). While the data plane might normally be thought of as a standalone network switch in the network it could also be a SmartNIC in a compute server that allows the programmable fabric to be extended up into the server (i.e. using P4 to define a pipeline in an FPGA SmartNIC).The data plane is normally made up of several components:Data Plane Node (DPN):is used to describe the hardware that houses the data plane forwarding function (i.e. all the components below). This could be a stand alone network switch with a PFE like Intel/Barefoot’s Tofino chip or a compute server with a P4 based SmartNIC like Intel’s PAC N3000.Data Plane Agent (DP-Agent):provides the standardised north bound data plane interfaces (i.e. P4 Runtime, gNMI and gNOI) that allow the control plane network functions to communicate with the data plane. An example implementation of the DP-Agent is the ONF’s Stratum project.Network Function user plane (NF-u):the user plane portions of network functions can be defined in the programmable pipeline (i.e. using P4 for example) and then loaded into the PFE to process packets. These functions are programmed by their control plane counters parts (i.e. BNG-c, UPF-c, Fabric Manager-c) in order to handle the bulk of the traffic in the PFE without needing to go up to the control plane for processing.Programmable Forwarding Engine (PFE):the actual hardware that does the packet forwarding. Some examples of a PFE could be the P4 based switch chipset like Intel/Barefoot’s Tofino chipset, or another could be an FPGA based SmartNIC using P4 to define the packet forwarding pipeline.Dell Technologies is committed to driving disaggregation and innovation through open architectures and the competitiveness this brings to our customer’s networks. The high-level architecture described in this blog is in line with the Open Networking Forum’s Stratum and NG-SDN projects and provides open building blocks that allow telecommunication providers to build open, scalable and cost effective edge solutions.
Over the last few months, we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic radically reshape lives and livelihoods. People across the world have transitioned to remote work and education arrangements, increasing our reliance on digital technologies. In the education sector, students and teachers have had to quickly adapt to new models of learning and teaching from remote settings, a transition that has highlighted the importance of digital skilling and universal access to technology. At this moment of accelerated change, we at Dell Technologies remain committed to the task of transforming education through technology and addressing the need for greater digital access across communities and geographies.As Chair of the Governing Board at the EU Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, I have been truly impressed with the proactive steps taken by policymakers and educators over the past few months to introduce online classes and ICT tools to minimize disruptions to students’ education and help teachers adapt to technology-driven classrooms. For instance, the European Schoolnet has released a wide range of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and curated online teaching materials to support teachers in conducting classes remotely. At the same time, this pandemic has exposed the uneven landscape of digital resources and competencies across many regions, which hinders students’ and teachers’ ability to transition to virtual arrangements. According to the European Commission’s Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), 42% of European citizens and 37% of people in the labor force lack sufficient digital skills. Meeting the current challenges of our time will require new collaboration across government, academia, and the private sector to modernize technology infrastructure for education and design student-centric learning models that develop the future readiness of students.This theme is the primary focus underpinning Dell Technologies’ upcoming PolicyHack that will be held in association with STEM Alliance – an organization that brings together the European Ministries of Education with industry partners to promote STEM subjects across all levels of education. This August, Dell Technologies PolicyHack and STEM Alliance have launched a competition for teachers across Europe to submit policy recommendations on how ICT tools can be used to solve STEM education challenges faced at the local and regional levels. Our expert panel of judges will carefully select four groups of winning contestants, who will then each form a competition team with representatives from government, academia, and industry. These four teams will proceed to a hackathon held in November alongside the annual “Back to School Campaign” organized by STEM Alliance, which brings together schools, universities, libraries, and other academic institutions to celebrate studies and careers in STEM.The teams will be challenged to come up with innovative ICT solutions that address four of the most pressing challenges faced in today’s classrooms: cultivating inclusion in classrooms, integrating constructivist and personalized teaching approaches, supporting inquiry-based learning, and building lifelong learning skills. Through this initiative, we hope to support collaboration among diverse perspectives and stakeholders while encouraging new ways of using ICT tools to enhance learning content and methodologies, build digital competencies, and encourage diversity in classrooms.Dell Technologies believes in digital skilling and inclusion as critical factors toward empowering our future workforce, bridging societal divides, and providing opportunities for underrepresented communities. These extraordinary times underscore the importance of fostering digital skills among students and empowering educators to teach in new ways that promote digital literacy. Looking ahead, Dell Technologies will be committed to acting on the lessons learned from this rise in virtual education and work with stakeholders to leverage digital transformation and emerging technologies to help citizens thrive in an increasingly digital world.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police say R&B artist Trey Songz was arrested during the AFC Championship game in Kansas City after fans complained he wasn’t following COVID-19 protocols and other rules and he then punched an officer who was trying to remove him. Songz, whose name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson, was released Monday from the Jackson County jail. Jackson County authorities say an investigation continues and no charges have been filed. Kansas City police say fans complained about a man who was not wearing a mask or following the stadium’s code of conduct during Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium. TMZ released a video showing Songz struggling with several officers before being led away. A representative for Songz declined to comment.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Preliminary figures show that Poland’s economy shrank 2.8% during 2020 due to the pandemic, ending three decades of constant growth. The report released Friday showed that the usual driving forces of the economy faltered. Private sector spending shrank by 3% and investment contracted by 8.4%. It was the first contraction in Poland’s GDP since a 7% drop in 1991, when the economy was going through a painful transformation from being centrally-run to a market-driven system. Like most other countries, Poland’s economy was disrupted severely in 2020 by restrictions on public life meant to contain the coronavirus.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in northern Mexico have confirmed that at least two of the 19 people found shot to death and burned near the U.S. border were Guatemalan migrants. Two other victims among the four identified so far were Mexicans. The forensic results announced Saturday confirm the fears of families in a rural Indigenous community in Guatemala who have said they lost contact with their relatives last week as they travelled toward the United States. The prosecutors office in the northern state of Tamaulipas did not release the victims’ names. Of the 19 bodies, 16 were found to be males, one female and two others were so badly burned their gender has not been determined.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s military says security forces have killed three insurgents in a raid on a militant hideout in the country’s northwest. In a statement, it said Monday’s raid took place in the former tribal region of Lower Dir in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The slain militants until 2019 had allegedly been involved in targeted killings in northwestern Swat Valley, which was a Taliban stronghold until 2009 when the army says it cleared the region of militants. Pakistani militants have in recent months stepped up attacks on troops in the former tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, raising concerns that insurgents were regrouping in various former tribal regions.