Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mellanox Announces 120 Gbps Per Port InfiniBand Switch Systems

Mellanox Technologies unveiled the industry's first 120 Gbps per port InfiniBand switch systems. The new members of the IS5000 switch system family, which are based on the company's fourth generation InfiniScale IV switching silicon, are aimed at high-performance computing, cloud infrastructures and enterprise data centers. The new switch solutions reduce network congestion and the number of network cables by a factor of three. Mellanox IS5000 family of switch systems, consisting of un-managed and managed edge switches and director-class modular switches, provide industry-leading 51.8 Tbps of non-blocking bandwidth in a single enclosure. Commercial release is expected in the first half of 2010.

"As supercomputers scale, new challenges are created in performance and cabling," said John Monson, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "Mellanox's new comprehensive family of 120Gb/s switch solutions deliver the performance, density and scalability for large-scale clusters, and provide researchers with essential building blocks for constructing the next generation of Petascale-class clusters."

Separately, Mellanox announced that its ConnectX-2 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapter cards are available now for HP ProLiant BL, DL and SL series servers, as well as HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosures. Mellanox's ConnectX-2 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapter cards with CORE-Direct enable significant improvements in application performance and scalability and increase the productivity of HP-based compute clusters.

"As supercomputers increase in size from mere thousands to hundreds-of-thousands of processor cores, new performance and scalability challenges have emerged," said Monson. "The combination of Mellanox ConnectX-2 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapters with CORE-Direct application interprocessor communication offload and HP ProLiant servers provide end-customers with the highest performance, efficiency and scalability for their next-generation, high-processor node count supercomputer."