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November 17, 2010

Mellanox InfiniBand-Connected Systems Grew 18 Percent Year-Over-Year

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Mellanox, a supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions, claimed that according to the recently released 36th edition of the TOP500 list report, its InfiniBand-connected systems grew 18 percent year-over-year, representing more than 43 percent of the TOP500, or 215 systems.

The company stated that InfiniBand-connected CPUs increase by 65 percent in TOP500 supercomputers, with more than 98 percent of all InfiniBand clusters leveraging Mellanox (News - Alert) InfiniBand solutions.

Mellanox explained that its InfiniBand adapters deliver 40 Gbps bandwidth with ultra low-latency for performance-driven server and storage clustering applications. CPU overhead is kept to a minimum with hardware-based transport offload and data movement acceleration such as RDMA and Send/Receive semantics to maximize server productivity.

InfiniBand connects the majority of the Top100 with 61 percent, the Top200 with 58 percent, and the Top300 with 51 percent. And total number of InfiniBand-connected CPU cores on the TOP500 list has grown 65 percent, from 1.4 million in November 2009, to 2.3 million in November 2010. The company claimed that it only denotes the increasing demand for InfiniBand as a way to maximize computing resources, productivity and performance in the world’s fastest computer systems.

“In less than a decade, InfiniBand has become a mainstay in the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers,” said Eyal Waldman, president, chairman and CEO of Mellanox Technologies, in a press release. “We are pleased with the continued growth in the number of supercomputers that count on Mellanox’s high-performance interconnects to provide them with industry-leading performance, efficiency, scalability and reliability.”

Published twice a year and publicly available at, the TOP500 list ranks the world’s most powerful computer systems according to the Linpack benchmark rating system. The full TOP500 list and accompanying analysis will be discussed at a special Nov. 17 session at the SC10 Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis being held Nov. 13-19 in New Orleans, La.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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