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About Cecelia Taylor

Cecelia has served as the Sr. Social Media Manager for Mellanox since 2013. She previously worked at Cisco & ZipRealty managing social media marketing, publishing and metrics. Prior to her career in social media, she worked in audience development marketing for B2B publishing. She has a BA from Mills College and resides in the SF East Bay. Follow her on Twitter: @CeceliaTaylor

Updated! Vote for #OpenStack Summit Vancouver Presentations

The OpenStack Summit will be held May 18-22, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. The OpenStack Foundation allows its member community to vote for the presentations they are most interested in viewing for the summit. Many presentations have been submitted for this event, and voting is now open.  We have updated this post with additional sessions submitted by Mellanox and our partner organizations.

In order to vote, you will need to register to the OpenStack Foundation: https://www.openstack.org/join/register/.   Voting for all presentations closes on Monday, February 23 at 5:00 PM CST (GMT-6:00).

 

Vote! #OpenStack Summit

 

For your reference, we have included a list of Mellanox sessions below, click on the title to submit your vote:

 

Accelerating Applications to Cloud using OpenStack-based Hyper-convergence  

Presenters: Kevin Deierling (@TechSeerKD) &  John Kim (@Tier1Storage)

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CROC’s Public Cloud Goes at InfiniBand Speed

CROC is the number one IT infrastructure creation company in Russia, and one of Russia’s top 200 private companies.   CROC has become the first public cloud service provider in Russia to adopt InfiniBand—a standard for high-speed data transfer between servers and storage. Migration to a new network infrastructure took approximately one month and resulted in up to a ten-fold increase in cloud service performance.

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Looking Forward To SC14: Interconnect Your Future

It’s almost time for SC14 in New Orleans, LA (November 17-20, 2014)! We have many exciting things planned for this annual conference.

 

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Stop by and visit Mellanox Technologies (booth #2939) to see the latest in our industry-leading FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 40/56GbE solutions. Make sure to meet Mellanox HPC experts in person:

  • Michael Kagan, CTO
  • Dror Goldenberg, VP/Software Architecture
  • Gilad Shainer, VP/Marketing
  • Scot Schultz, Director – HPC & Technical Computing
  • Dr. Richard Graham, Senior Solutions Architect – Software

 

Mellanox Pavilion:

In our theater area, we will host presentations from leading server and storage OEMs, ISVs, end-users and academia.  These presenters will provide insight into the benefits and performance improvements when using low-latency FDR 56GB/s InfiniBand I/O technology.

 

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Mellanox Software 3D Hackathon

Hackathon Pic1After the overwhelming success of Hackathon 2014 this past January, Mellanox Israel now presents 3D Hackathon:  Develop, Debug, Deploy. This contest is designed to encourage innovation and teamwork, while introducing new 3D software technologies and features in a very quick turnaround time.

 

Mellanox Israel employees were invited to submit proposals for new software projects related to existing Mellanox technologies and to form a team of up to 3 people to develop a proposal. More than 20 unique software proposals were submitted.  The steering committee evaluated and selected 16 proposals for consideration into the final competition.  The top 3 teams were awarded prizes.  All teams were asked to present working demos.

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Recap: VMworld 2014 – San Francisco, CA

It was a busy time last week in San Francisco!  During VMworld 2014, we announced a collaboration with VMware and Micron to enable highly efficient deployments of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. The VDI deployment will be a combination of Mellanox’s 10GbE interconnect, VMware’s Virtual SAN (VSAN) and Micron’s SSDs.  The joint solution creates a scalable infrastructure while minimizing the cost per virtual desktop user. The new solution will consist of three servers running VMware vSphere and Virtual SAN each with one Mellanox ConnectX-3 10GbE NIC, two Micron 1.4TB P420m PCIe SSDs and six HDDs.

 

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Congratulations! Yarden Gerbi Wins Silver, Grand Prix – Dusseldorf, Germany

logo-judo-grand-prixCongratulations go out to Yarden Gerbi as she recently took home the silver medal in competition at the Judo Grand Prix, recently held in Dusseldorf, Germany.  This competition Yarden Gerbi_Medalsbrought together 370 athletes from 55 countries.  Gerbi secured victories over competitors from Mongolia and Austria and moved on to the semi-finals.  Gerbi is currently training  in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic games.

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Turn Your Cloud into a Mega-Cloud

Cloud computing was developed specifically to overcome issues of localization and limitations of power and physical space. Yet many data center facilities are in danger of running out of power, cooling, or physical space.

Mellanox offers an alternative and cost-efficient solution. Mellanox’s new MetroX® long-haul switch system makes it possible to move from the paradigm of multiple, disconnected data centers to a single multi-point meshed mega-cloud. In other words, remote data center sites can now be localized through long-haul connectivity, providing benefits such as faster compute, higher volume data transfer, and improved business continuity. MetroX provides the ability for more applications and more cloud users, leading to faster product development, quicker backup, and more immediate disaster recovery.

The more physical data centers you join using MetroX, the more you scale your company’s cloud into a mega-cloud. You can continue to scale your cloud by adding data centers at opportune moments and places, where real estate is inexpensive and power is at its lowest rates, without concern for distance from existing data centers and without fear that there will be a degradation of performance.

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Moreover, you can take multiple distinct clouds, whether private or public, and use MetroX to combine them into a single mega-cloud.  This enables you to scale your cloud offering without adding significant infrastructure, and it enables your cloud users to access more applications and to conduct more wide-ranging research while maintaining the same level of performance.

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Silicon Photonics: Using the Right Technology for Data Center Applications

At DesignCon last week, I followed a speaker who ended his presentation with a quote from Mark Twain, “the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated!”  The speaker was talking about copper cabling on a panel entitled, Optical Systems Technologies and Integration.”  He showed some nice charts on high speed signaling over copper, making the point that copper will be able to scale to speeds of 100 Gb/s.

 

As next speaker on the panel, I assured him that those of us who come from optical communications are nottrying to kill copper.” Rather, the challenge for companies like Mellanox, an end-to-end interconnect solutions company for InfiniBand and Ethernet applications, is to provide the “right technology for the application.”  I spoke about the constraints of 100 Gb/s pipes and our solutions.

 

 

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Mellanox Technologies Delivers the World’s First 40GbE NIC for OCP Servers

Last year, Open Compute Project (OCP) launched a new network project focused on developing operating system agnostic switches to address the need for a highly efficient and cost effective open switch platform. Mellanox Technologies collaborated with Cumulus Networks and the OCP community to define unified and open drivers for the OCP switch hardware platforms. As a result, any software provider can now deliver a networking operating system to the open switch specifications on top of the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) boot loader.

At the upcoming OCP Summit, Mellanox will present recent technical advances such as loading Net-OS on an x86 system with ONIE, OCP platform control using Linux sysfs calls, full L2 and L3 Open Ethernet Switch API, and also demonstrate Open SwitchX SDK. To support this, Mellanox developed SX1024-OCP, a SwitchX®-2-based TOR switch which supports 48 10GbE SFP+ ports and up to 12 40GbE QSFP ports.

The SX1024-OCP enables non-blocking connectivity within the OCP’s Open Rack and 1.92Tb/s throughput. Alternatively,40GBE NIC designed with OCP Compliant ConnectX-3 it can enable 60 10GbE server ports when using QSFP+ to SFP+ breakout cables to increase rack efficiency for less bandwidth demanding applications.

Mellanox also introduced SX1036-OCP, a SwitchX-2-based spine switch, which supports 36 40GbE QSFP ports. The SX1036-OCP enables non-blocking connectivity between the racks. These open source switches are the first switches on the market to support ONIE over x86 dual core processors.

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