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Mellanox plumps pipes on Bluefield controller to squeeze out 200Gb/s

Mellanox claims to have rolled out the world's fastest Ethernet storage fabric controller at this year's Flash Memory Summit. The Bluefield storage controllers are, it said, optimised for "extreme efficiency and programmable virtualization for NVMe over Fabrics". They are billed as delivering 4 million IOPS with NVMe-oF, up …

Mellanox plumps up thanks to the storage world's hankering for high-speed Ethernet

High-speed Ethernet biz Mellanox has posted record revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, driven in part by Dell EMC and HPE's seeming insatiable appetite for Ethernet switches. Sales for Q2 ended 30 June was up by 26.7 per cent to $268.4m, which chief exec Eyal Waldman put down to its "25 gigabit per second and …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Jul 2018
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An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE

HPE has sold an SGI 8600 supercomputer system to a Swiss research institute for the Blue Brain Project’s modeling of a mouse brain’s thalamus and neocortex. Blue Brain is a Swiss brain research initiative of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) which aims to simulate the mammalian brain. It involves around 100 …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jul 2018
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Mellanox flushes three directors at behest of activist investor

Mellanox has come to terms with the activist investor that's been stalking the company since 2017. The battle began last November, when Starboard Value bought into Mellanox and agitated for change, claiming there was a “growing disparity between [Mellanox's] margins, growth, and stock price performance compared to its peer …
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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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Testing, one-one-one-one. Yep, you're ready for net news nuggets

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 …
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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
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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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