Mellanox 2016: The Year In Review, Part II

‘Fantastical’ Networking Achievements and Where To Find Them Part II In Part I of this look back on 2016, we covered the amazing accomplishments in Enterprise Data Centers, LinkX®, SoC, Cloud and more. Now, in Part II, we will delve into the many accomplishments in HPC, AI, and InfiniBand. 2016 was the year that Mellanox […]


Mellanox Beijing hosts first Machine Learning & Big Data Workshop, Fosters Collaboration

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Buckle your seatbelt. We are in the middle of a historic moment. A decade ago, seemingly in a galaxy far, far away, there used to the universe where we would need to program a computer so that it knew how to do things. We are however in a rouge reality now where machines can learn […]


2017 Prediction – Networking will take Clouds to New Levels of Efficiency

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At the dawn of the 21st century, and in order to meet the market demand, data center architects started to move away from the traditional scale-up architecture, which suffered from a limited and expensive scalability, to a scale-out architecture. Looking backward, it was the right direction to take, since that the ongoing growth of data […]


Mellanox 2016: The Year In Review

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‘Fantastical’ Networking Achievements and Where To Find Them Part I Oh, what a year it was for Mellanox. One might even say magical. From HPC accelerating the world’s fastest computer, to breaking down technology barriers of hyperconverged systems and in Artificial Intelligence, Mellanox was at the forefront of many of the world’s most profound technical […]


Storage Predictions for 2017

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Looking at what’s to come for storage in 2017, I find three simple and easy predictions which lead to three more complex predictions.  Let’s start with the easy ones: Flash keeps taking over NVMe over Fabrics remains the hottest storage technology Cloud continues to eat the world of IT   Flash keeps taking over Every […]


Seven Predictions for 2017

As we look forward to 2017 it is time to peer out into the distance and think about what will happen during the year:   2017 will mark the beginning of the Hunger Games for high performance Optical Component Startups. This fight to the death battle is inevitable, because there is no de-facto industry standard […]


Short Reach Optics in Modern Data Centers

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Spanning Across the Data Center or Breakouts Within the Rack Short Reach (SR) multi-mode optics are the lowest priced optical interconnects available today that use optical connectors to separate the transceiver from the optical fibers. Although both support 100m reach, AOCs are much less expensive that SR optics but the former functions as a complete […]


How to Get 100G Performance Out of Your 100GbE SDN

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The high bandwidth requirements of modern data centers are driven by the demands of business applications, data explosion, and the much faster storage devices available today. For example, to utilize a 100GbE link, you needed 250 hard drives in the past, while today, you need only three NVMe SSDs. After investing in the most advanced […]


Mellanox and Zettar Crush World Record LOSF Performance Using ESnet OSCARS Test Circuit

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In the wake of SC16, Mellanox has just broken the record for Lots of Small Files (LOSF) performance using the ESnet OSCARS test circuit measuring 70Gb/s. Preliminary results show a ten-fold performance improvement (40+Gbps) compared to the best results DOE researchers have reported thus far (4Gbps), even with TLS encryption enabled, for LOSF[i], despite the […]


AOCs – Active Optical Cables Why are 2 transceivers and fibers priced less than one connectorized transceiver?

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This blog is Part 2 in a 3-part series on Mellanox’s high-speed interconnect products. My first blog covered Direct Attach Copper (DAC) cables which are the least expensive way to create a high-speed 25G/50G/100Gb/s interconnect, but have a maximum reach of about 3-5 meters. Active Optical Cables (AOCs) pick it up from there and can reach up to 100-200 meters and are the least expensive, optical links available. Widely used in HPCs and more recently became popular in hyperscale. enterprise and storage systems.