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Mellanox and Its 56 Gigabit Family

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

With a 40% improvement over 40GbE, Mellanox gives InfiniBand a hefty boost for better compute and storage interconnectivty.

At Interop last week, Mellanox presented their end-to-end 56GbE solution which includes the ConnectX-3 and ConnectX-3 Pro NICs, SwitchX-2 based SX1024 and SX1036 switches, QSFP+ cables as well as acceleration/management software.  The networking technologies company known for its end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions has been around since 1999 and it is not about to rest on its laurels.

What sets this line apart from their 40GbE competitors?  This streamlined solution is touted to deliver up to 40% more bandwidth, a vast reduction in the once requisite amount of cables and switches, and provides higher server density and efficiency resulting in a lower overall cost to the customer.  All this is offered in the fast Ethernet fabric, while preserving compatibility and interchangeability with standard 10/40GbE equipment.

According to the company's website, key features for the product family include:

High Density and High Bandwidth

  • 36 x 40/56GbE
  • Dual Port 40/56GbE NICs

Flexible 40/56GbE configuration

  • Switch ports dynamically configured as 40/56GbE
  • QSFP NICs operates at 10Gb/s or 40/56Gb/s

Low Latency

  • Switch port-to-port latency, 230ns at 40/56GbE
  • RDMA application latency less than 1.3us
  • Sockets application latency as low as 4us

Low Power

  • Switch typical power consumption: 2.3W/40GbE port
  • NIC typical power consumption: 3.4W/40GbE port

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