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Pinging admins: Here comes your packet of networking news

Roundup What happened in networking this week? Well, for starters, Nokia acquired analytics company SpaceTime Insight, and will roll its capabilities into its Internet of Things business. SpaceTime Insight provides IoT analytics and applications for the transport, energy, and utilities sectors. Its focus was predicting asset failure, …
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Cloudflare generated some buzz of the wrong kind when it turned out the company's much-hyped privacy-focussed DNS resolver at 1.1.1.1 caused hassles for some users. The problems had a variety of causes, Cloudflare wrote, all of them down to clashes with the address: some routers are configured with 1.1.1.1 as an internal IP …
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Everybody loves Microsoft's open switch software, SONiC

Roundup This week's networking news roundup isn't only “what happened at the Open Compute Project summit?” – there's also news from F5, Palo Alto Networks, and Dell EMC. Microsoft coordinated a bunch of announcements at the Open Compute Project summit this week, centred around its SONiC open switch software platform. Microsoft and …

Mellanox says it ships enough ports not to need Starboard

The spat over activist investor Starboard Value's plan to have Mellanox sell itself or do something else to enhance its value has resumed. Hostility between the two companies dates back to November 2017, when Starboard criticised Mellanox for refusing advances from Marvell Semiconductor. Starboard held 10.7 per cent of …
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All the AIs NVMe, says IBM: Claims POWER9s + InfiniBand brainier than COTS

+Comment IBM has claimed its POWER9 gear is better placed to help AIs doing "cognitive" work than your common-or-garden X86 commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) kit after tests in New York earlier this month. Big Blue recently ran a "demo" which it said proved it can leave COTS servers and storage in the dust using (what else?) its own …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2017

Activist investor rages at Mellanox for dismissing Marvell's advances

Analysis InfiniBand/Ethernet tech supplier Mellanox is being targeted by an activist investor pissy that it rejected overtures from Marvell. Starboard Value has bought a 10.7 per cent holding in Mellanox, wanting to influence the company's management to create more value for shareholders (increase share price so we can make a profit …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2017

Dell EMC adds Skylake grunt to supercomputing workhorse server

Dell EMC has accelerated its workhorse super/high-performance computing C4130 server with newer CPUs and GPUs. The 1U rackmount C4130 used up to 2 x Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors with up to 1TB of memory. It supported up to four GPUs, such as NVIDIA Tesla P100s, or four co-processors such as Intel Phis, and has two rear PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017

Mellanox NICs Xilinx FPGA to save backplane slots and CPU cycles

Mellanox's next-gen Innova network adapter won't just pack the obligatory high-speed interfaces – it'll also embed a Xilinx FPGA. Offloading workloads was already a key plank of Mellanox's adapter strategy, and that's apparently hit some buttons with customers – hence the FPGA. Senior director of marketing Bob Doud told The …
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Mellanox SoCs it to NVMe over Fabrics with BlueField platform

Mellanox has integrated the hardware needed to frontend an NVMe-over-Fabrics flash array into a single System-on-Chip (SoC) device, making it easier for shared flash storage system builders to put together NVMe JBOFs. A JBOF is, like a JBOD, just a bunch of flash drives – NVMe SSDs in this case. For them to be usable by apps …
Chris Mellor, 9 Aug 2017

Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

Durham University has built itself a secondhand supercomputer from recycled parts and beefed up its contribution to DiRAC (distributed research utilising advanced computing), the integrated facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology. The Institute for Cosmological …
Chris Mellor, 4 Aug 2017
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Back to ASICs: Mellanox pumps up Ethernet speed to 400Gbps

Just as we're getting used to 40Gbps, Ethernet networking kit-flinger Mellanox makes it 10 times faster with a Spectrum-2 ASIC running at up to 400Gbps. It's doing this because of our old friend incessant data growth. Specific drivers mentioned by Mellanox include AI, real-time analytics, NVMe over fabrics storage array access …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jul 2017

Mellanox: We're gonna make InfiniBand great again – 200Gbps great

InfiniBand will go from 100Gbps to 200Gbps next year – and The Register spoke to Mellanox's marketing veep Gilad Shainer to find out what to expect. What's coming from Mellanox is a bottom-to-top offering for the 200Gbps HDR InfiniBand spec, Shainer said, covering switches, chips, NICs and suitable cabling. The upcoming …

Mangstor, Mellanox flash rig crowned 'fastest in the lab'... for RAID-0

Trusty Storage Review has been at it again, testing a Mangstor-Mellanox NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF) rig servicing a MySQL virtual cluster – and finding it 2.5x faster than any other flash array it's ever tested. The Mangstor kit comprised an NX6325 all-flash array with 4 x 2.7TB add-in card (AIC) NVMe flash drives stuffed into …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2016
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Plexistor unveils storage-stack-perplexing PMoF tech

Plexistor has unveiled specs on its Persistent Memory over Fabric (PMoF), which it says gives app servers access to disaggregated persistent memory in fabric-connected PM Bricks. Plexistor’s software-defined memory combines DRAM and flash in one memory address space to deliver a higher “memory” capacity with persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016
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Mellanox plans to SoC it to storage speed with Multi-ARM BlueField

InfiniBand and Ethernet adaptor biz Mellanox has storage acceleration SoCs coming to provide faster external array access across NVMe fabrics. Mellanox CEO Eyal Waldman talked about NVME over Fabrics (NVMeF) in his company's second quarter 2016 earnings call. His company makes InfiniBand and Ethernet networking devices, and is …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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Mellanox's SoCs take a night on the Tiles

Fancy a high core count ARM system-on-a-chip? That's what Mellanox is packing into the BlueField SoC processors it hopes will give it the edge in the hyperscale market. Bob Doud joined Mellanox in the latter's US$811 million acquisition of EzChip, whose Tilera multicore chip technology is a big part of the BlueField …
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OmniPath a threat? Paugh, says Mellanox, feel our gorgeous 200 Gbps

Mellanox reckons it can shrug off the threat posed by Intel's OmniPath technology, announcing silicon photonics-based devices running at 50 Gbps per QSFP lane for a total of 200 Gbps. Arlon Martin, the company's senior director of product marketing, told The Register's networking desk that the transmitters and receivers it's …

Scale Computing: Our hyperconverged gear will be worth the weight

Hints, hints, hints. Scale Computing – the virtualization upstart in San Francisco, not the buzzword – hinted away at a press presentation today that product news is coming, and so we went on a dot-connecting exercise. We can see a move upmarket and a tiered product including networking. The biz describes itself as a hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2016

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