Yearly Archives: 2012

Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet RDMA Interconnect Solutions Accelerate IBM’s Virtualized Database Solutions

Recently, IBM expanded its PureSystems family with the new PureData System, which features analytics and the ability to handle big data in the box. For today’s organizations to be competitive, they need to quickly and easily analyze and explore big data—even when dealing with petabytes. The new system simplifies and optimizes the performance of data warehouse services and analytics applications. The new PureData for Analytics system is designed to accelerate analytics and boasts the largest library of in-database analytic functions on the market today. Clients can use it to predict and help avoid customer churn in seconds, and create targeted advertising and promotions using predictive and spatial analysis, and prevent fraud.

We are pleased to announce that our InfiniBand and Ethernet RoCE interconnect solutions have been selected to accelerate these systems, helping reduce CPU overhead, enable higher system efficiency and availability, and deliver higher return-on-investment.

Modern database applications are placing increased demands on the server and storage interconnects as they require higher performance, scalability and availability. Virtualizing IBM DB2 pureScale® on System x® servers using Mellanox’s RDMA based interconnect solutions deliver outstanding application performance and business benefits to IBM customers.

Mellanox’s interconnect solutions on IBM DB2 pureScale virtualized database on System x servers provide the ability to run multiple highly scalable databases clusters on the same shared infrastructure, while staying highly available and helping to minimize downtimes.

Mellanox interconnect products enable the IBM DB2 pureScale to deliver the performance and functionality needed to support the most demanding database and transaction processing applications. Using Mellanox high bandwidth, low latency interconnects is one of the key ingredients in building scalable cluster solutions with DB2 pureScale.

Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnects enable IBM DB2 pureScale to provide a direct connectivity from the database virtual machines to the interconnect infrastructure while preserving RDMA semantics. This direct connectivity allows virtual machines to achieve lower latency and faster data access versus other solutions.

Live Demonstration and presentations at Information On demand 2012 (October 21st – October 26th at Las Vegas, NV)

Visit the Intel booth on the Expo floor to see a live demonstration of virtualized DB2 pureScale cluster running over Mellanox’s 10GbE with RoCE interconnect solution.

Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet Switches Receive IPv6 Certification

I am proud to announce that Mellanox’s SwitchX® line of InfiniBand and Ethernet switches have received a gold certification for Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6) by the Internet Protocol Forum.  Adding IPv6 support to our SwitchX series is another milestone for Mellanox’s InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions, and demonstrates our commitment to producing quality, interoperable InfiniBand and Ethernet products optimized for the latest Internet Protocols.

SX1036 - 36-port 40GbE Switch

Mellanox’s drive to satisfy strong requirements has led to receiving the gold certification as part of the IPv6 Ready Logo Program which is a conformance and interoperability testing program designed to increase user confidence by demonstrating that IPv6 is the future of network architecture.

We at Mellanox feel that as global technology adoption rates increase, there is a greater need for larger networks and subsequently more IP addresses. Just as background, Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), still in dominant use, is now reaching the limit of its capacity. The next generation of IP – IPv6 – is designed to provide a vastly expanded address space and quadruples the number of network address bits from 32 bits in IPv4 to 128 bits, providing more than enough globally unique IP addresses for every networked device on the planet.


Amit Katz

Director, Product Management

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand Adapters Provide Leading Application Performance for Dell PowerEdge C8000 Series Servers

Dell just announced today the PowerEdge C8000 series, which is the industry’s only 4U shared infrastructure solution to provide customers compute, GPU/coprocessor and storage options in a single chassis. End users deploying the PowerEdge C8000 with Mellanox fast interconnect solutions gain access to the industry-leading performance of 56Gb/s InfiniBand combined with the power of Dell’s newest high end server, resulting in a high performance solution with low total cost of ownership in power efficiency, system scaling efficiency and compute density.

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solutions are already being deployed with Dell PowerEdge C8000 systems as part of the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. With a peak performance of more than 10 petaflops, Stampede will be the most powerful system available to researchers via the NSF’s eXtreme Science & Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program when installed in January 2013.

Mellanox fast interconnect solutions are providing the Dell PowerEdge C8000 with low latency, high bandwidth benefits for the most resource-intensive hyperscale workloads, including HPC, big data processing and hosting providers. Mellanox delivers the most effective interconnect solution for the Dell PowerEdge C8000, enabling the highest compute and storage performance at the lowest cost and power consumption.