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We will be at Interop!

Come visit us at the Mellanox booth (#2307) at Interop in Las Vegas, Nevada from May 19-21, 2009. We will be demonstrating our latest additions to our 10 Gigabit Ethernet product line, including our recently announced dual-port ConnectX ENt 10GBASE-T adapter and PhyX, our 6-port, high-density, multi-protocol Physical layer silicon device designed for 10GigE switches and pass-through modules. We will also be showing these products at the Ethernet Alliance booth (#527).

Other demos in our booth include our latest BridgeX gateway where we will show I/O consolidation over FCoE, and a Native InfiniBand SSD Storage showcasing Mellanox 40Gb/s InfiniBand ConnectX adapters with a Fusion-io SAN.

We have a great line-up of presenters in our booth that will provide you with a great array of knowledge. For example, David Flynn, CTO of Fusion-i-o will deliver a presentation on “Moving storage networking into the microsecond timescale – The fusion of solid state storage and high performance networking.” Bruce Fingles, VP of Product Management at Xsigo, will present “Next Generation Data Center Connectivity: How Virtual I/O Cuts Costs by 50% and Simplifies Management.” Arista will also be presenting on their latest line of 10GBASE-T switches, and of course, the Mellanox staff have a few presentations up their sleeve. Did I mention there will be prizes? All presentations start on the half-hour, and will repeat throughout the day to ensure that we can fit into your busy and hectic schedule at the show.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Brian Sparks

brian@mellanox.com

Look at this beautiful rack!

This week’s blog is short, but it’s about the candy: the Rack — the Data Center’s building block.
The pictures below visually describe what each one of us would like to have in their Data Center.

Density – over 150 cores within less then 10U. Three different interconnects, 1GigE, 10GigE and 40Gb/s InfiniBand, using two adapters and no thick jungle of cables. –> 25% Savings in rack space.

Power – less servers, w/o giving up any compute power; less adapters, without giving up any capabilities; less switches, without giving up any reliability or bandwidth –> 35% Savings in power.

Cost – with a smaller amount of switches and smaller servers’ size, the saved space enables better cooling. Cost is (inevitably) lower by 25%.

Just imagine this Rack with only a single interconnect of choice, and you’ll experience what I and many people have seen: a simple tidy solution leads to better functioning of teams and faster responses to problems (if they ever occur).

Bringing the rack into a functional condition hasn’t been the easiest thing, I agree. When last time I said that some “labor pain” was involved, I mainly meant pain in finding a place in the data center… I never knew how hard it could be to allocate floor space before going through this experience. But once we got the rack built in place (standing there in the corner can be a bit claustrophobic  ), sliding in the servers and switches took almost zero time. And thanks to a pre-prepared image of the OS, the entire rack was up-and-running within less than 24 hours.

I’ll leave you at this point to see the rack for yourself. I’ll be back in my next post with the first market application that we’ve used with that “Data Center in a Rack” – GigaSpaces.

Nimrod Gindi
nimrodg@mellanox.com

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INTRODUCING THE HPC ADVISORY COUNCIL

It is my pleasure to introduce the HPC Advisory Council. The Council includes leaders from the HPC community – best-in-class original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), strategic technology suppliers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and selected end-users across the entire HPC market segments. For more info on how to join us – please send an email to HPC@mellanox.com.

The Council members work together to ensure interoperability and robustness between the multiple parts that form HPC clusters – servers, storage, interconnect, CPUs, and applications, to provide the best total solution for the end user. The Council will also work together to form future HPC solutions, and provide an environment for testing, development and optimization of such solutions.

One of the sub groups of the Council is the HPC Advisory Council Support Group – which is a support center for consultations, questions, issues etc. for HPC end-users. You can reach the group mailing list at HPCHelp@mellanox.com.

This blog is the place where the Council members will post their news, exciting events, technology information and so forth. We will be adding news feeds shortly, but until then, please continue to visit this page.

Gilad Shainer


For questions or comments, please contact HPC@mellanox.com