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Visit Mellanox at VMworld

Are you planning to come to San Francisco and attend VMworld (August 31 – September 3)? Come see Mellanox Technologies at booth (#2220) where will be showcasing our industry-leading, end-to-end 40Gb/s and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity products.

Mellanox will also be hosting a live demonstration of Intalio’s Intalio|Cloud Appliance, a single rack all the hardware and software required for building a true enterprise-class private cloud computing platform. The hardware is made of standard components using HP BladeSystem blade servers and enclosures, Solid State Drives (SSD) for all database storage, and Mellanox InfiniBand interconnect technology to effectively connect them all together. Using InfiniBand, the Intalio|Cloud Appliance benefits from a unified networking fabric, removing the need for deploying and managing multiple networking technologies such as Ethernet and Fibre Channel, thereby reducing networking hardware acquisition costs by up to 50% and network management costs by up to 30%, while boosting performance.

Have a moment for a 10-minute presentation? We have the full day scheduled with a variety of presentations from leading and new innovative companies such as HP, Xsigo, Intalio, RNA Networks, and the OpenFabrics Alliance, as well as ongoing presentations from Mellanox on several new product announcements that will be made during the conference.

Breaking the Cloud “I/O Barrier”

Mellanox and LINBIT just announced a collaboration with Logicworks.

Together, the companies are working to develop a high-performance replication system for Logicworks’ customers. LINBIT DRBD open source technology combined with the InfiniBand fabric from Mellanox will lower costs and make it possible to achieve unprecedented levels of input/output (I/O) performance, leading to improved cloud-based storage management and disaster recovery capabilities. The adoption of InfiniBand for the cloud-based system will provide Logicworks’ customers with the unparalleled performance that is critical for hosting latency sensitive applications.

“By utilizing both LINBIT’s DRBD technology and Mellanox’s InfiniBand interconnects, Logicworks’ customers will be able to take their cloud-based applications to the next level,” said Bart Grantham, R&D vice president, Logicworks. “We are eager to build on our relationship with LINBIT and excited to be among the first in the industry to offer such a solution to our customers.”

TOP500 33rd List Highlights

Started in 1993, the TOP500 lists the fastest computers used today, ranked according to Linpack benchmark results. Published twice a year, the TOP500 list provides an important tool for tracking usage trends in high-performance computing. The 33rd TOP500 List was released in Hamburg, Germany, during the ISC’09 conference.

This year’s list revealed that Mellanox InfiniBand demonstrated up to 94 percent system utilization, only 6 percent under the theoretical limit, providing users with the best return on investment for their high-performance computing server and storage infrastructure. This year’s TOP500 list reveals that InfiniBand is the only growing industry-standard interconnect solution, increasing 25 percent to 152 systems, representing more than 30 percent of the TOP500. Mellanox ConnectX® InfiniBand adapters and switch systems based on its InfiniScale® III and IV switch silicon provide the scalable, low-latency, and power-efficient interconnect for the world’s fastest supercomputer and the majority of the top 100 systems. Mellanox end-to-end 40Gb/s InfiniBand solutions deliver the leading performance and highest Top10 system efficiency in the 10th ranked Jülich cluster.

Highlights of InfiniBand usage on the June 2009 TOP500 list include:

- Mellanox InfiniBand interconnect products connect the world’s fastest supercomputer, 4 of the top 10 most prestigious positions, and 9 of the top 20 systems
- Mellanox InfiniBand provides the highest system utilization, up to 94 percent, which is 50 percent higher than the best GigE-based system
- Mellanox 40Gb/s end-to-end solutions provide the highest system utilization on the top 10, 15% higher than the average top 20 efficiency
- All InfiniBand-based clusters (152 total supercomputers) use Mellanox solutions
- InfiniBand is the most used interconnect among the top 100 supercomputers with 59 systems, nearly 12 times the number of Gigabit Ethernet-based clusters and the number of proprietary high speed cluster interconnects
- The total number of InfiniBand-connected CPU cores on the list has grown from 606,000 in June 2008 to 1,040,000 in 2009 (72 percent yearly growth)
- InfiniBand is the only growing industry-standard clustered interconnect in the TOP500 with a 25 percent growth rate compared to June 2008
- Mellanox InfiniBand interconnect products present in the TOP500 are used by a diverse list of applications, from large-scale, high-performance computing to commercial technical computing and enterprise data centers
- The entry level for the TOP500 list is 17TFlops, 91% percent higher than the 8.9TFlops necessary to be on the June 2008 list

Full analysis of the TOP500 can be found HERE.

Join Mellanox at ISC’09 and Celebrate the PetaScale Era

Join Mellanox (Booth #520) at ISC’09, Tuesday the 23rd at 6:15pm for a special champagne toast, as we unveil the industry’s most efficient family of 40Gb/s InfiniBand switches and usher in the PetaScale Era.

See why Mellanox end-to-end 40Gb/s InfiniBand connectivity products deliver the industry’s leading CPU efficiency rating on the Top500, and why the world’s leading European Petaflop Initiative depends on Mellanox to reach their performance goals.

Live Demonstrations:

Europe’s Largest 40Gb/s Network Demonstration

Mellanox 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapter and switch solutions are being used to create Europe’s largest 40Gb/s Remote Desktop over InfiniBand (RDI) demonstration on the ISC tradeshow floor. Participating in the 40Gb/s ecosystem demonstration: AMD, Avago Technologies, DataDirect Networks, Dell, Emcore, Eurotech, Finisar, HP, LSI, Luxtera, Microsoft, NEC, Scalable Graphics, ScaleMP, Sun, Supermicro, Tyco Electronics, Voltaire, and Zarlink.

Low-Latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Low Latency Ethernet is enabled through an efficient RDMA transport over Layer2 10GbE networks for performance-critical and low-latency applications. The demonstration showcases LLE running over Mellanox’s ConnectX EN 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters at line rate with industry-leading latency of 3 micro seconds.

Hear from our HPC Industry Experts:

Topic: ISC press conference – “40Gb/s InfiniBand Network”
Speaker: Gilad Shainer, Director of HPC Marketing
Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Topic: “The Jülich Research on Petaflops Architectures”
Speaker: Gilad Shainer, Director of HPC Marketing
Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 1:30PM-2:10PM

Topic: “From PetaScale to Clouds – Providing the Ultimate Networking Solution for High Performance”
Speaker: Michael Kagan, CTO
Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 12:00PM-12:30PM

Julich Breakfast Presentation
Michael Kagan, CTO, and Gilad Shainer, Director of HPC Marketing
Thursday, June 25, 7:30AM-9:00AM

HOT SEAT SESSION: “From PetaScale to Clouds – Providing the Ultimate Networking Solution for High Performance”
Speaker: Michael Kagan, CTO
Thursday, June 25, 3:30PM-3:45PM

Topic: “Maintaining High Performance in a Cloud”
Speaker: Gilad Shainer, Director of HPC Marketing
Friday, June 26, 2009, 9:40AM-10:20AM

Visit Mellanox at SIFMA and See How You Can Accelerate Transaction Performance 10X for Financial Applications

Join us at the SIFMA Technology Management Conference, June 23 – 25th in New York, Booth 1619, and see how you can accelerate transaction performance 10X for financial applications.

Mellanox ConnectX Virtual Protocol Interconnect Adapters with 40Gb/s InfiniBand and low-latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet with FCoE offload integrate with financial market data applications from providers like NYSE Technologies and Reuters to significantly enhance the speed and predictability of market data delivery, and ensure the highest ROI. 

We will also be hosting a software demonstration from RNA networks. The RNAcache and RNAmessenger software, based on RNA’s Memory Virtualization Platform, is making memory a shared network resource and transparently making trade execution and/or analytics dramatically faster. With RNA and Mellanox, trade groups are seeing 5X faster trade execution performance including certified messaging without jitter, and 17X faster tick data analytics, all without changes to trading applications.

Visit us and see why 3 out of the top 5 exchanges and 7 out of top 10 banks worldwide depend on Mellanox.

Inauguration of 1st European Petaflop Computer in Jülich, Germany

On Tuesday, May 26, the Research Center Jülich reached a significant milestone of German and European supercomputing with the inauguration of two new supercomputers: the supercomputer JUROPA and the fusion machine HPC FF. The symbolic start of the systems were triggered by the German Federal Minister for Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers, and Prof. Dr. Achim Bachem, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Research Center Jülich as well as high-ranking international guests from academia, industry and politics.

JUROPA (which stands for Juelich Research on Petaflop Architectures) will be used Pan-European-wide by more than 200 research groups to run their data-intensive applications. JUROPA is based on a cluster configuration of Sun Blade servers, Intel Nehalem processors, Mellanox 40Gb/s InfiniBand and Cluster Operation Software ParaStation from ParTec Cluster Competence Center GmbH. The system was jointly developed by experts of the Jülich Supercomputing Center and implemented with partner companies Bull, Sun, Intel, Mellanox and ParTec. It consists of 2,208 compute nodes with a total computing power of 207 Teraflops and was sponsored by the Helmholtz Community. Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert, Head of Jülich Supercomputing Center, explains the HPC Installation in Jülich in the video below.

HPC-FF (High Performance Computing – for Fusion), drawn up by the team headed by Dr. Thomas Lippert, director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, was optimized and implemented together with the partner companies Bull, SUN, Intel, Mellanox and ParTec. This new best-of-breed system, one of Europe’s most powerful, will support advanced research in many areas such as health, information, environment, and energy. It consists of 1,080 computing nodes each equipped with two Nehalem EP Quad Core processors from Intel. Their total computing power of 101 teraflop/s corresponds, at the present moment, to 30th place in the list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The combined cluster will achieve 300 teraflops/s computing power and will be included in the rating of the Top500 list, published this month at ISC’09 in Hamburg, Germany.

40Gb/s InfiniBand from Mellanox is used as the system interconnect. The administrative infrastructure is based on NovaScale R422-E2 servers from French supercomputer manufacturer Bull, who supplied the compute hardware and the SUN ZFS/Lustre Filesystem. The cluster operating system “ParaStation V5″ is supplied by Munich software company ParTec. HPC-FF is being funded by the European Commission (EURATOM), the member institutes of EFDA, and Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Complete System facts: 3288 compute nodes ; 79 TB main memory; 26304 cores; 308 Teraflops peak performance

Missed Mellanox at Interop?

Just in case you missed us at Interop 2009, below are just a few of the presentations that took place in our booth.

Mellanox 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapters, switches and gateways are key to making your data center F.U.E.L. Efficient

 

Mellanox Product Manager, Satish Kikkeri, provides additional details on Low-Latency Ethernet

 

Mellanox Product Manager, TA Ramanujam, provides insight on how data centers can achieve true unified I/O today

 

Fusion-io’s CTO, David Flynn, presents “Moving Storage to Microsecond Time-Scales”

 

We look forward to seeing you at our next event or tradeshow.

Brian Sparks
brian@mellanox.com

Mellanox Key to Fusion-io’s Demo at Interop

I’m still pondering my take on Interop this year. It’s been a while since I’ve seen so many abandoned spaces on the show floor. Mind you most were 10×10 or 10×20 spots, but you could tell there were others who really went light on their presence. I saw one booth which had a 40×40 booth and just filled it with banner stands. Yikes! So nothing was really grabbing at me until I went to Fusion-io’s booth and saw the wall of monitors with a 1,000 videos playing on it at once. Fusion-io Booth

FINALLY SOMETHING IMPRESSIVE!

Even more amazing, the videos were all being driven by a single PCIe card which had 1.2TB of SSD RAM on it. This one “ioSAN” card from Fusion-io completely saturated 16 servers (126 cpu cores)…and they were able to achieve this through the bandwidth performance and ultra low-latency of 20Gb/s InfiniBand via Mellanox’s ConnectX adapters. In fact, they told me the 20Gb/s InfiniBand connection would allow them to saturate even more servers, yet they only brought 16.

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The video below, featuring Fusion-io’s CTO David Flynn, tells the complete story:

The ioSAN can be used as networked, server-attached storage or integrated into networked storage infrastructure, making fundamental changes to the enterprise storage area. This is a great example of how Mellanox InfiniBand is the enabling technology for next generation storage.

Talk with you again soon,

Brian Sparks
brian@mellanox.com