Sunday, June 21, 2009

Voltaire Releases Massive 40 Gbps InfiniBand Director Switch

Voltaire announced the general availability of its Grid Director 4700, a 40 Gbps InfiniBand director switch featuring a choice of 324 or 648 ports.

Double-density fabric boards are the basis for Voltaire's "HyperScale" architecture. Using Grid Director 4700 switches with HyperScale architecture, a customer can build a 1,296 node supercomputer. The company said its fabric delivers 20% lower latency than alternative solutions while consuming 50% fewer switch ports, 40% fewer cables and 33% less power and rack-space.

The 19U high Grid Director 4700 has less than 300 nanosecond port-to-port latency to accelerate performance of applications running on server and storage scale-out fabrics. The switch runs a smart distributed software architecture that delivers the best signal quality, enhanced performance optimization, and better resiliency, which are all key challenges in large-scale deployments. Moreover, its low 6.5-watts-per-port power consumption makes the switch a greener choice for energy-efficient data centers.

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