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MVAPICH Speeds to #1

At the recent Supercomputing ’16 Conference, it was revealed that the MVAPICH software, created by Dr. DK Panda and the NOWLab team, is powering the fastest computer on Earth, the Sunway TaihuLight, at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China.  This system is a 10,649,600-core with a peak performance at 125.4 PetaFlops, which translates to 125 quadrillion calculations per second.  Its intended purposes are oil prospecting, life sciences, weather forecast, industrial design, and drug research.

MVAPICH (Message Passing Interface for InfiniBand), pronounced "em-vah-pich”, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.  The software improves the processing by connecting traditional supercomputing software with innovative networking technologies and protocols, thus increasing the data flow speed in a significant manner.  It delivers the best performance, scalability and fault tolerance for high-end computing systems and servers using InfiniBand, Omni-Path, Ethernet/iWARP, and RoCE networking technologies. This software is being used by more than 2,675 organizations in 83 countries worldwide to extract the potential of these emerging networking technologies for modern systems. As of November 2016, more than 402,000 downloads have taken place from the project's site. This software is also being distributed by many vendors as part of their software distributions.

Dr. DK Panda and the members of the NOWLAB: Network Based Computing Lab is a vital part of CSE’s research efforts.  Over the years members have won multiple awards and best paper recognitions at many conferences, including SC ’16.  In 2011, the College of Engineering recognized Dr. Panda with the Innovator Award and The Ohio State University named him a Distinguished Scholar in 2015.