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Avantex Hosting passed all tests on World IPv6 Day

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Jun. 23, 2011

Avantex Hosting reported this morning that it successfully completed the testing on the IPv6 protocol on World IPv6 day, June 8, 2011. As early as February 2009, Avantex took the lead and started implementing its networking equipment for the new protocol.

World IPv6 Day was an event sponsored and organized by the Internet Society and several large hosting companies and content providers to test public IPv6 deployment on the Internet. It started at 00:00 UTC on June 8 and ended ar 23:59 the same day.

Avantex says that the key motivation for the event was to evaluate the real world effects of the IPv6 protocol as seen by various networking equipment and according to the various tests performed. To that end, during World IPv6 Day major Internet companies and other industry players enabled IPv6 on their main websites for 24 hours.

An additional goal was to motivate organizations across the industry such as Internet service providers, hardware makers, software engineering firms, operating system vendors and web companies to prepare their services for IPv6, in assuring a successful transition from IPv4 as IP address space is rapidly running out.

In September 2010, Cisco started running IPv6 on its site. The testing primarily consisted of websites publishing AAAA records, which allow IPv6 capable hosts to connect using IPv6. Although Internet service providers have been encouraged to participate since 2010, they were not expected to deploy anything active on that day. Instead, they were expected to just increase their readiness to handle support issues.

Many web hosting companies such as Avantex and others participated in the experiment, including Google and other search engines, social networking websites, Internet backbone and content distribution networks.

About Avantex

Avantex Hosting Services is a dedicated Web hosting organization, offering companies, small & medium size businesses, private individuals, all levels of government and non-profit organizations, reliable and professional Web hosting services.

Utilizing one of the best carrier backbone infrastructure and BGP Network in the industry, Avantex is in a unique position to offer the most competitive pricing in the Web hosting industry, since all pricing is offered at the wholesale level.

Located in ultra-modern and fully air-conditioned data centers, Avantex owns all of its servers and buys large quantities of Internet bandwith, thereby passing along its savings to its end users. Avantex's wholesale pricing model is available to anybody that is interested in dependable and quality Web hosting services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Avantex has a large network of resellers, Web design specialists and Internet integrators, further strenghtening our goal in being a premier hosting organization. Already serving many non-profit organizations, since its foundation in 1994, Avantex has had a constant and growing need for quality and professional Web hosting services.

In other high tech news

At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) last week, Kirk Skaugen, Intel Corp vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, outlined the company’s current vision to achieve ExaFLOP/s performance by 2018 or 2019 at the very latest.

An ExaFLOP/s is one quintillion computer operations per second, more than hundreds of times faster than today’s fastest supercomputers built by IBM or Cray. There's no question that Intel is pushing the envelope as far as it will go.

Reaching exascale levels of performance in the near future will not only require the combined efforts of industry and governments, but also, some approaches being pioneered by the Intel Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC1) Architecture, according to Skaugen.

Just managing the explosive growth in the amount of data shared across the Internet, finding solutions to climate change, managing the growing costs of accessing resources such as oil and gas, and a multitude of other challenges require increased amounts of computing resources that only increasingly high-performing supercomputers can address.

“While Intel Xeon CPUs are the clear architecture of choice for the current Top 500 list of supercomputers, Intel is still expanding its focus on high-performance computing by enabling the IT industry for the next frontier with our Many Integrated Core architecture for petascale and future exascale workloads,” said Skaugen.

“Intel is equipped with the next generation of manufacturing technologies, new architecture innovations and a familiar software programming environment that will bring us closer to this exciting exascale goal,” he added.

Intel’s pursuit of Moore’s Law-- doubling the transistor density on microprocessors roughly every two years to further increase functionality, speed and performance while decreasing costs, combined with an innovative, highly efficient software programming model were noted by Skaugen as core elements for crossing the threshold of petascale computing into a new era of exascale computing.

However, with this increase in performance comes a significant increase in power consumption. As an example, for today’s fastest supercomputer in China, the Tianhe 1A, to achieve exascale performance, it would require more than 1.6 GW of power-– an amount large enough to supply electricity to two million homes, thus presenting a huge energy efficiency challenge.

To address this important challenge, Intel and European researchers have established three European research labs with three main goals:

  • To create a sustained partner presence in Europe
  • To take advantage of the growing relevance of European high-performance computing research
  • To grow capabilities in computational science, engineering and strategic computing
  • And one of the key technical goals of these labs is to create simulation applications that begin to address the energy efficiency challenges of moving to exascale performance.

    Skaugen went on to say that there is also the potential for tremendous growth in the high-performance computing (HPC) market. While supercomputers from the 1980s delivered GigaFLOP/s (billions of floating point operations per second) performance, today’s most powerful computers have increased this value by several million times. This, in turn, has increased the demand for processors used in supercomputing.

    Source: Avantex Hosting.

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