Mellanox (News - Alert) Technologies has introduced its next-generation switch silicon, SwitchX with Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) technology.
The company claims this new release provides industry-best performance, efficiency and scalability for up to 36-ports of FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand or 40 Gigabit Ethernet.
Mellanox further notes that its SwitchX boasts unprecedented levels of on-chip and SerDes integration, and can operate as an InfiniBand switch or Ethernet switch (including Data Center Bridging - DCB) with extremely low-latency and power while providing best-in-class switching capabilities in each category.
By allowing new levels of protocol flexibility, simplicity and reliability, SwitchX can eliminate networking bottlenecks in modern data centers for server-to-server, server-to-storage or storage-to-storage connectivity.
The switch silicon can deliver next-generation service-oriented switch capabilities and enables convergence of LAN (Local Area Network), SAN (Storage Area Network) and IPC (Inter Processor (News - Alert) Communications) service architectures.
It also supports multi-tenancy and the delivery of an extensive array of network services over a common infrastructure.
When combined with Mellanox’s ConnectX family of VPI adapters, the SwitchX provides an efficient end-to-end interconnect solution that delivers superior application performance.
“Switches that can offer multiple data center protocols and application flexibility on high bandwidth, low latency, energy efficient platforms are likely to do best from this expansion,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.
“The new class of data centers requires lossless, high density, low power switching capabilities that removes bottlenecks, supports convergence and maximizes efficiency for the best return-on-investment,” said Eyal Waldman, chairman, president, and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “SwitchX delivers on these requirements with best-in-class features and performance over both InfiniBand and Ethernet protocols for maximum flexibility. We are proud to provide the industry’s first 56Gb/s FDR InfiniBand and the highest density Ethernet switch, both in the same IC with SwitchX.”
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Edited by Rich Steeves