Monthly Archives: March 2014

Technology Training: You Can’t Afford to Skip It

 

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In our day to day tech lives, it is our goal to improve our team’s performance using the right combination of resources and budget, while showing the best return on investment (ROI). This can come at the cost of skipping technical training.

 

It’s a fact. We are all stressed. We face unreasonable deadlines, prioritization, immediate to-do tasks and budget shortfalls.  While trying to survive in this chaotic environment, I hear some customers saying:  “I don’t have the time to allow my tech team to get technical training.  Even if I have the time, I just can’t afford it.

 

Let’s think again.Market standards show that the average number of days a technology employee works each year is 207.  The average number of days dedicated to maintenance of ongoing projects is 170 (82.5%).  The rest (37 days) of the time is dedicated to “first-time operations and exploration”.

 

Studies have shown that every day spent in training reduces the ongoing maintenance time by 4% (per participant) on average.  This means that from 170 working days, you could save at least 6 days per year per employee if you just provide them just 1 training day.  Each training day reduces first-time operations by 20% on average. From 37 working days, you could save at least 7 more days.

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Mellanox Participating at GPU Technology Conference 2014

Shout out to anyone who happens to attend the GPU Technology Conference 2014! This conference is touted as the world’s biggest and most important GPU developer conference. Follow all the social conversation around the event using the hashtag #GTC2014. The conference will be held next week, March 24-27,2014 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA.

This is the fourth year I am attending this event and I will be hanging out at the “Ask the Expert Table” at the GTC. Feel free to swing by and chat about any of your burning questions you may have on GPUDirect RDMA with Mellanox InfiniBand!

 

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Virtual Modular Switch (VMS): A Network Evolution Story – Part 3

Covered in previous blog posts (Part 1 and Part 2), the concept of the Virtual Modular Switch (VMS) is clearly an advantage for networks of medium to large scale.  As we move into huge networks where multiple modular switches are needed, this advantage reduces to the point where it is a matter of personal preference whether to implement using VMS or multiple chassis.

 

When the odds are even, this preference can come down to a matter of cost of equipment, cost of operating the equipment, certain network KPIs that need to be met or any other parameter that the network facilitator will care about.

 

The Mellanox implementation of VMS is based on our own ASIC design known as SwitchX. It is used as the fabric element in each of our Ethernet (and InfiniBand) product line of switches. SwitchX carries 36 high speed interfaces of standard 40 GbE which when used in a non-blocking fat tree topology, allows 18 ports to be used for external interfaces and 18 ports to be used as internal interfaces towards the spine layer of the VMS fat tree. Having 36 ports on each of the spine elements allows as many as 36 leaf elements.  The total number of external ports in a non-blocking two tier VMS is 36*18=648.

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Mellanox and IBM Collaborate to Provide Leading Data Center Solution Infrastructures

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New advances in Big Data applications are enabling analysts, researchers, scientists and engineers to run more complex and detailed simulations and analyses than ever before.  These applications deliver game-changing insights, bring new products to market and place greater demand on existing IT infrastructures.

 

This ever-growing demand drives the need for instant access to resources – compute, storage, and network. Users are seeking cutting-edge technologies and tools to help them better capture, understand and leverage increasing volumes of data as well as build infrastructures that are energy-efficient and can easily scale as their business grow.

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