Going on right now: SC08 (November 15-21, Austin, Texas) is all about fast interconnects, including
- QLogic's quad-rate Infiniband switches based on a new ASIC with 36 ports running at up to 40Gbps.
- Alacritech's upgraded 10Gb Ethernet adapter card that can be used for partial offload of TCP/IP processing.
There's also a posting session by the LANL authors of "Entering the Petaflop Era: The Architecture and Performance of Roadrunner," plus scads of papers detailing programming and networking techniques to leverage a massively parallel, multicore system and that demonstrate practical uses of supercomputing power, from tire development to electron transport systems. It is a bonanza of knowledge!