SKA Africa Selects Mellanox 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet Switches and Cables to Build World's Largest Radio Telescope

MeerKAT data network to utilize Mellanox Ethernet solutions to enable groundbreaking scientific discovery

SUNNYVALE, CA – April 15, 2015 – Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions, through its local South African partner, Eclipse Holdings (Pty) Ltd., a specialist High-Performance Computing Systems Integrator, announced today that its SwitchX®-2-based SX1012 and SX1710 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches and LinkX™ optical cables have been chosen to build a high capacity L3 multi-cast network to accelerate the South African MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope, which will be integrated into the mid-frequency component of SKA Phase 1. The SKA Project is an international enterprise to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world. Deploying thousands of radio telescopes, in three unique configurations, it will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky thousands of times faster than any system currently in existence.

“The amount of data that will be generated by the MeerKAT antennas is equivalent to more than 5 million DVDs every day or about 64 DVDs per sec,” said Francois Kapp, sub-system manager at SKA Africa. “This enormous amount of data requires high-bandwidth, low jitter networks. After a comprehensive review of the various products in the market, we concluded that Mellanox’s SwitchX-2 Ethernet switches and optical cables will provide us with the best value enterprise-class Ethernet infrastructure that meets all the requirements for our systems.”

“The work to be performed by the SKA is fundamental to mankind’s understanding of the universe and our role in it,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “We are proud to have our 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches and optical cables selected by SKA Africa for this large data center infrastructure, and to be able to help with this important research mission.”

“The SKA project will push all Information and Communication Technology boundaries as we know them today,” said Nico Meintjes, CEO at Eclipse Holdings. “To have been selected to participate in this groundbreaking project, is momentous and exciting, and demonstrates that South Africa has both the know-how and skill to assist in the design, build and roll-out of these next-generation technologies.”

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High Performance Computing for South Africans, by South Africans.  Eclipse is focused on and dedicated to delivering High Performance Computing (HPC), Big Data and Cloud solutions, and, High-Speed Ethernet and InfiniBand Network Interconnect & Fabrics. As an independent HPC Systems Integrator, Eclipse strives to reduce HPC complexity in terms of design, installation, on-going support and total cost of ownership. Eclipse provides an innovative and dynamic cradle-to-grave HPC integration service build on a tried-and-tested methodology that includes; consulting, solutions deployment, and professional services for building, deploying, utilising and maintaining modern high performance computing architectures and systems. Eclipse is a proudly South African Level 1 Broad Based Black Economic Empowered Company.


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