Short Reach Optics in Modern Data Centers

Spanning Across the Data Center or Breakouts Within the Rack Short Reach (SR) multi-mode optics are the lowest priced optical interconnects available today that use optical connectors to separate the transceiver from the optical fibers. Although both support 100m reach, AOCs are much less expensive that SR optics but the former functions as a complete […]


How to Get 100G Performance Out of Your 100GbE SDN

The high bandwidth requirements of modern data centers are driven by the demands of business applications, data explosion, and the much faster storage devices available today. For example, to utilize a 100GbE link, you needed 250 hard drives in the past, while today, you need only three NVMe SSDs. After investing in the most advanced […]


Mellanox and Zettar Crush World Record LOSF Performance Using ESnet OSCARS Test Circuit

In the wake of SC16, Mellanox has just broken the record for Lots of Small Files (LOSF) performance using the ESnet OSCARS test circuit measuring 70Gb/s. Preliminary results show a ten-fold performance improvement (40+Gbps) compared to the best results DOE researchers have reported thus far (4Gbps), even with TLS encryption enabled, for LOSF[i], despite the […]


AOCs – Active Optical Cables Why are 2 transceivers and fibers priced less than one connectorized transceiver?

This blog is Part 2 in a 3-part series on Mellanox’s high-speed interconnect products. My first blog covered Direct Attach Copper (DAC) cables which are the least expensive way to create a high-speed 25G/50G/100Gb/s interconnect, but have a maximum reach of about 3-5 meters. Active Optical Cables (AOCs) pick it up from there and can reach up to 100-200 meters and are the least expensive, optical links available. Widely used in HPCs and more recently became popular in hyperscale. enterprise and storage systems.


Mellanox’s First Hackatop Has the Community Coding Their Way to the Top!

On December 1-2, Mellanox held the first Networking and RDMA Hackathon, in Tel Aviv, the heart of our startup nation. Following the great success of our internal Hackathons, we decided to open our doors to startups, students, IDF technology units and more to join us and leverage our advanced network technologies to boost their applications. The […]


Three Ways ASAP2 Beats DPDK for Cloud and NFV

Telecommunication service providers are betting big on technologies such as cloud and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) to revamp their infrastructure. They are putting their cards on the table so that they can be more agile in new service creation, more elastic in on-demand service scaling, and achieve better economics in terms of infrastructure build-out. No […]


Fighting Distributed Attacks (DDoS) with Distributed Defense

Part 1: The DDoS Threat and Changing Landscape of Protection Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have been around for quite a while and their profile was raised again last month when Dyn Inc., one of the largest DNS provider sites, was hit with a very large scale (tens of millions of zombie agents) attack […]


SNIA Webcast on Ethernet Storage Interconnects- Join Us Dec 1, 10AM PST

2017 Ethernet Roadmap for Networked Storage So far we have over 600 registered – Don’t miss out! SNIA (Storage Network Industry Association) Ethernet Storage Forum (ESF) with participation from Dell, Intel, Mellanox, and Microsoft will present on what’s happening for 2017 on high-speed interconnects.  Mega-trends driving the industry: What’s out there today and what’s on […]


Mellanox Launches 200Gb/s HDR InfiniBand AOC and DAC LinkX® Cables

Just when you started to get familiar with 100Gb/s EDR–along comes 200Gb/s HDR doubling the bandwidth Quick Summary Last week at the HPC supercomputer conference SC’16 in Salt Lake City Utah, Mellanox announced its 40-port, 200Gb/s HDR InfiniBand line of Quantum-based switches and dual-port ConnectX®-6 host bus adapters. To link them all together, we also […]


Join Mellanox for the Security and Performance Hackathon 2016!

Here at Mellanox the Hackathon season has just started. We had our 7th company hackathon focusing on Security & Performance. Next week we will hold the first Networking & RDMA Hackathon in Tel Aviv, which will be open up great opportunities to write software that scales and performs better using advanced networking technologies. Additionally, we […]