Tag Archives: interconnect

QSA Adapters Get Even Better at 25Gb/s

QSA solves problems linking different port sizes and speeds equipment together Problems: You have a 4-channel QSFP port on a switch or network adapter but you’ve got a single-channel subsystem that uses SFP and you want to connect older equipment, storage or a 10G device. Or you have a new shiny 25Gb/s-based Spectrum switch or […]

100G PSM4: The Most Configurable & Lowest-Cost Single-Mode Transceiver Available

Single-mode transceivers now priced for high-volume data center use Parallel Single Mode 4-channel (PSM4) is a type of single-mode transceiver that uses a parallel fiber design for reaches from up to 2 km and for reaches beyond the limits of 100-meter Short Reach 4-channel (SR4) multi-mode transceivers. PSM4s will be the transceiver that enables single-mode […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Chinese Tech Giant Tencent Teams with Mellanox and IBM to Smash Big Data Analytics Record

Tencent Inc., Mellanox Technologies and IBM today announced new world record-breaking performance in select data analytics categories of the TeraSort Benchmark (sortbenchmark.org) using Mellanox 100GB Ethernet interconnect technology and OpenPOWER-based server technology. Long considered to be the gold standard for measuring scalability and efficiency of general purpose distributed computing systems – or, many small servers […]

ISC 2016 Recap

Last week we participated at the International Supercomputing conference – ISC’16. In reality, the event started the weekend before, kicked off by the HP-CAST conference where Mellanox presented to the entire HP-CAST audience our newest smart interconnect solutions; solutions that enable the highest application performance and best cost-performance compute and storage infrastructures. At ISC’16 we […]

Mellanox Introduces Most Advanced InfiniBand and Ethernet Intelligent Adapter Yet

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Last year, IDC predicted that the HPC market would reach $15.2 billion by 2019. That represents a healthy 8.2 percent yearly growth rate. We knew it would be big, and we knew we would be ready for it. In fact, we’ve spent the past decade striving to take high performance computing (HPC) to new levels. […]

10/40GbE Architecture Efficiency Maxed-Out? It’s Time to Deploy 25/50/100GbE

In 2014, after the IEEE rejected the idea of standardizing 25GbE and 50GbE over one lane and two lanes respectively. It was then that a group of technology leaders (including Mellanox, Google, Microsoft, Broadcom, and Arista) formed the 25Gb Ethernet consortium in order to create an industry standard for defining interoperable solutions. The Consortium has […]

Content at the Speed of Your Imagination

In the past, one port of 10GbE was enough to support the bandwidth need of 4K DPX, three ports could drive 8K formats and four ports could drive 4K-Full EXR.  However, the recent evolution in the media and entertainment industry that has been presented this week at the NAB Show showcases the need for higher resolution.  […]