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Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services.

Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam, Israel.

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Mellanox 10/40/56/100GbE Converged Network Adapters

Mellanox continues its leadership in providing high-performance networking technologies by delivering superior utilization and scaling in ConnectX®-4 EN 10/40/56/100GbE Adapters, enabling datacentres to do more with less.

Adapter: ConnectX-4 EN

Adapter_ConnectX3ConnectX-4 EN Network Controller with 100Gb/s Ethernet connectivity, provide the highest performance and most flexible solution for high performance, Web 2.0, Cloud, data analytics, database, and storage platforms.

With the exponential growth of data being shared and stored by applications and social networks, the need for high-speed and high-performance compute and storage datacentres is skyrocketing.

ConnectX-4 EN provides exceptional high performance for the most demanding datacentres, public and private Clouds, Web2.0 and Big Data applications, and storage systems, enabling today’s corporations to meet the demands of the data explosion.

Adapter: ConnectX-3 Pro

Adapter_ConnectX4ConnectX-3 Pro adapter cards with 10/40/56 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with hardware offload engines to Overlay Networks (“Tunnelling”), provide the highest performing and most flexible interconnect solution for PCI Express Gen3 servers used in public and private Clouds, enterprise datacentres, and high performance computing.

  • Financial institutions utilizing high frequency trading or data exchange applications require low latency interconnect. Mellanox Ethernet NICs deliver low latency Sockets and RDMA solutions for the ultimate application performance.
  • Web 2.0 and Cloud service providers need high bandwidth and CPU offloads to get the highest productivity from their datacentres. Mellanox Ethernet NICs support RoCE(RDMA over Converged Ethernet) for datacentre efficiency and scalability.
  • Datacentres deploying virtualized servers see higher demands on the I/O infrastructure. With support for 10Gb/s and up to 127 virtual functions, Mellanox NICs can satisfy the bandwidth demands of a virtualized environment.

Public and private Cloud clustered databases, parallel processing, transactional services, and high-performance embedded I/O applications will achieve significant performance improvements resulting in reduced completion time and lower cost per operation.

World-Class Ethernet Performance

Mellanox Ethernet adapters utilizing IBTA RoCE technology provide efficient RDMA services, delivering high performance to bandwidth- and latency-sensitive applications. With link-level interoperability in existing Ethernet infrastructure, Network Administrators can leverage existing datacentre fabric management solutions.

Applications utilizing TCP/UDP/IP transport can achieve industry-leading throughput over 10/40/56GbE. The hardware-based stateless offload and flow steering engines in Mellanox adapters reduce the CPU overhead of IP packet transport, freeing more processor cycles to work on the application. Sockets acceleration software further increases performance for latency sensitive applications.

I/O Virtualization

Mellanox Ethernet adapters utilizing Virtual Intelligent Queuing (Virtual-IQ) technology with SR-IOV provides dedicated adapter resources and guaranteed isolation and protection for virtual machines (VM) within the server. Mellanox adapters gives datacentre managers better server utilization and LAN and SAN unification while reducing cost, power, and cable complexity.

Quality of Service

Resource allocation per application or per VM is provided and protected by the advanced QoS supported by Mellanox adapters. Service levels for multiple traffic types can be based on IETF DiffServ or IEEE 802.1p/Q, along with the DCB enhancements, allowing system administrators to prioritize traffic by application, virtual machine, or protocol. This powerful combination of QoS and prioritization provides the ultimate fine-grain control of traffic – ensuring that applications run smoothly in today’s complex environment.

Software Support

All Mellanox adapters are supported by a full suite of software drivers for Microsoft Windows, Linux distributions, VMware and Citrix XenServer. The adapters support stateless offload and are fully interoperable with standard TCP/UDP/IP stacks. The adapters support various management interfaces and have a rich set of configuring and management tools across operating systems.

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Mellanox Scale-Out Ethernet Products

10Gb/s, 40Gb/s and 56Gb/s Ethernet Switch Systems

The Ethernet Switch Family delivers the highest performance and port density with a complete chassis and fabric management solution enabling converged datacentres to operate at any scale while reducing operational costs and infrastructure complexity. This family includes a broad portfolio of Top-of-Rack (TOR) switches that range from 18 to 64 ports, and support 10/40/56Gb/s per port. These switches allow IT managers to build cost-effective and scalable switch fabrics for small to large clusters up to tens of thousands of nodes.

Mellanox makes fabric management as easy as it can by providing the lowest latency and highest bandwidth. This allows IT managers to deal with serving the company’s business needs, while solving typical networking issues such as congestion and the inefficiencies generated by adding unnecessary rules and limitations when the network resources are sufficient.

Switch: The SX1710

Switch_sx1710The SX1710 switch system enables datacentre applications at the highest performance for best return on investment. The SX1710 SDN switch is ideally suited as a top-of-rack access switch providing up to 56GbE connectivity to servers and uplinks to the next level of aggregation switching. The SX1710 switch has a rich set of networking and application performance features that excel and enable Software Defined Networking in any datacentre, making this switch the perfect solution for your network.

Switch: The SX1700

Switch_sx1700The SX1700 switch system provides the highest-performing fabric solution in a 1U form factor by delivering up to 4.03Tb/s of non-blocking throughput.

The SX1700 SDN switch is ideally suited as a top-of-rack access switch providing up to 56GbE connectivity to servers and uplinks to the next level of aggregation switching.

The SX1700 switch has a rich set of networking and application performance features that excel and enable Software Defined Networking in any datacentre, making this switch the perfect solution for your network.

Switch: The SX1400

Switch_sx1400With industry-leading density, power efficiency and low latency, the SX1400 is the first non-blocking top of rack SDN switch providing unmatched performance advantage while lowering capital and operational expenditures.

The SX1400 is the optimal top-of-rack switch with 48 port of 10GbE and 12 uplink ports of 40/56GbE for non-blocking throughput between rack and aggregation layer. Based on Mellanox’s SwitchX®-2 silicon and advanced hardware design, this switch packs 48 SFP+ and 12 QSFP interfaces in an ultra-dense 1U form factor.

The SX1400 features industry-leading latency of 250ns and power efficiency while providing optimal performance for enterprise datacentre, financial services, Web 2.0, high performance computing and Cloud computing applications.

Switch: The SX1012

Switch_sx1012The SX1012 switch system provides the highest-performing top-of-rack (ToR) solution in a half-width 1U form factor by delivering up to 1.3Tb/s of non-blocking throughput with 10GbE or 40/56GbE form factor.

The SX1012 is the ideal top-of-rack switch for small pods connecting a small number of servers with 40GbE. Each QSFP port can be used with a passive breakout cable to create four discrete SFP+ interfaces to be used as 10GbE ports, for a total of 48-ports on the smallest form factor 10GbE ToR in the industry.

The SX1012 switch has a rich set of networking and application performance features that excel and enable Software Defined Networking in any datacentre, making this switch the perfect solution for your network.

SwitchX®-2 carries a unique design that enables users with a straightforward platform for implementation of a Software Defined Network, allowing the construction of a high scale network with advanced fine tuning control plane capabilities. The SX1012 support the Virtual Protocol Interconnect® (VPI) technology which enables it to be used for both Ethernet and InfiniBand technology providing the user with flexibility and investment protection. The SX1012 provides a full suite of management options, including support for Mellanox’s Unified Fabric Manager™ (UFM™ ), SNMP V1,2,3, and web user interfaces. In addition, the SX1012 incorporates a familiar industry standard CLI, which enables administrators to easily configure the switch.

To ensure long term applicability, the SX1012 is provisioned to enhance its current capabilities with additional L2 and L3 features through software upgrades.

Switch: The SX1016

Switch_sx1016The SX1016 is an economical, high-performance 64-port 10GbE switch providing 1.28Tb/s of line rate performance. Based on Mellanox’s SwitchX™ silicon and innovative hardware design, the switch packs 64 SFP+ interfaces in an ultra-dense 1U form factor. The SX1016 features industry leading latency of 250ns and power of less than 1.8W per port, providing optimal performance and efficiency for enterprise datacentre, financial services, Web 2.0, high performance computing and Cloud computing applications. To ensure long term applicability, the SX1016 supports the latest datacentre features like Datacentre Bridging and has provisions to enable additional L3 features through software upgrades.

The SX1016 is an elegant top-of-rack design that is architected for performance, serviceability and energy savings. The compact 1U design and large SFP+ port count maximizes server density in industry-standard racks and scale-out computing solutions using standard interfaces. Both forward and reverse airflow schemes are supported to ensure compatibility with different datacentre thermal designs. Status LEDs for fans and for each port are nicely placed on the front panel of the system for easy status identification. Common accessories such as rack mount kit, AC power and RJ45 console cables are included with a quick-start guide as part of the standard system to ensure fast installation and a positive out-of-the-box experience.

The SX1016 switch is interoperable with components supporting the Ethernet industry standards. The switch becomes an integral part of an optimized end-to-end networking solution when combined with other Mellanox Ethernet products, including the ConnectX® family of 10GbE NICs, acceleration and management software and cables. These solutions deliver industry-leading performance, scalability, reliability and power usage for optimal datacentre efficiency and application performance across a wide range of industry applications in financial services, Web 2.0, database, Cloud and high performance computing environments.

Switch: The SX1024

Switch_sx1024The SX1024, is the optimal top-of-rack switch with 48 port of 10GbE and 12 uplink ports of 40/56GbE for non-blocking throughput between rack and aggregation layer. Based on Mellanox’s SwitchX® silicon and advanced hardware design this switch packs 48 SFP+ and 12 QSFP interfaces in an ultra-dense 1U form factor. The SX1024 features industry-leading latency of 250ns and power efficiency while providing optimal performance for enterprise datacentre, financial services, web 2.0, high performance computing and Cloud computing applications.

The SX1024 support the Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) technology which enables it to be used for both Ethernet and InfiniBand technology providing the user with flexibility and investment protection. The SX1024 provides a full suite of management options, including support for Mellanox’s Unified Fabric Manager® (UFM), SNMP V1,2,3, and web user interfaces. In addition, the SX1024 incorporates a familiar industry-standard CLI, which enables administrators to easily configure the switch.

Switch: The SX1036

Switch_sx1036The SX1036 is a flexible, high-performance 36-port 40/56GbE switch that can fan out to become a 64-port 10GbE switch providing 2.88Tb/s of line rate performance. Based on Mellanox’s SwitchX™ silicon and innovative hardware design, the switch packs 36 QSFP ports and with the ability to use 2-to-1 and 4-to-1 breakout cables, it can reach 64 SFP+ interfaces in an ultra-dense 1U form factor. The SX1036 features industry-leading latency of 230ns and power of 2.8W per 40/56GbE port, providing optimal performance and efficiency for enterprise datacentre, financial services, Web 2.0, high performance computing and Cloud computing applications. To ensure long term applicability, the SX1016 supports the latest datacentre features like Datacentre Bridging and has provisions to enable additional L3 features through software upgrades.

The SX1036 is a powerful aggregator and an elegant top-of-rack design that is architected for performance, serviceability and energy savings. The compact 1U design and large QSFP/SFP+ port count maximizes server density in industry-standard racks and scale-out computing solutions using standard interfaces. Both forward and reverse airflow schemes are supported to ensure compatibility with different datacentre thermal designs. Status LEDs for fans and power units placed on the front panel of the system for easy status identification. Common accessories such as rack mount kit, AC power and RJ45 console cables are included with a quick-start guide as part of the standard system to ensure fast installation and a positive out-of-the-box experience.

The SX1036 switch is interoperable with components supporting the Ethernet industry standards. The switch becomes an integral part of an optimized end-to-end networking solution when combined with other Mellanox Ethernet products, including the ConnectX® family of 40/56GbE NICs, acceleration and management software and cables. These solutions deliver industry-leading performance, scalability, reliability and power usage for optimal datacentre efficiency and application performance across a wide range of industry applications in financial services, Web 2.0, database, Cloud and high performance computing environments.

Datacentre Connectivity with 10/40/56GbE

Mellanox’s scale-out 10/40/56GbE products enable users to benefit from a far more scalable, lower latency, and virtualized fabric with lower overall fabric costs and power consumption, greater efficiencies, and simplified management than traditional Ethernet fabrics.

Using its extensive knowledge and expertise building scale-out fabrics for datacentres, Mellanox’s 10/40/56GbE fabrics are uniquely designed to be:

  • Linearly Scalable – maintains high performance, low costs and ease of management even when deployed in very large setups consisting of thousands of nodes.
  • Efficient – optimized design uses high-density, low latency, energy-efficient and low cost Layer 2 non-blocking switches.
  • Converged – one fabric can run LAN, IPC, and storage (including FCoE) traffic simultaneously with guaranteed service attributes and dynamic congestion management.
  • Virtualized and Service Oriented – provides application and service-driven fabric monitoring and SLA enforcement, with awareness and policy enforcement at the virtual machine granularity.
  • Open and Standard – supports third-party top-of-rack, blade or virtual switches, and management and orchestration solutions through standard APIs and plug-ins, allowing users to create powerful unified computing solutions.

 Real Solutions for the Challenges of the Post-Petascale Era

Pushing the frontiers of science and technology will require extreme-scale computing with machines that are 500-to-1,000 times more capable than today’s supercomputers. As researchers continuously refine the models and push increased resolutions, the demand for more parallel computation and advanced networking capabilities is paramount. As a result of the ubiquitous data explosion and the ascendency of big data, especially unstructured data, today’s systems need to move enormous amounts of data as well as perform more sophisticated analysis; the interconnect truly becomes the critical element of enabling the use of data.

 Introduction to InfiniBand for End Users: Industry-Standard Value and Performance for HPC

InfiniBand is not complex. Despite its reputation as an exotic technology, the concepts behind it are surprisingly straight forward. One purpose of this book is to clearly describe the basic concepts behind the InfiniBand Architecture.