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Mellanox Announces ConnectX-5

Mellanox Technologies

Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centres and storage systems, has announced ConnectX-5, the most advanced 10, 25, 40, 50, 56 and 100Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet intelligent adapter on the market today. ConnectX-5 introduces smart offloading engines that enable the highest application performance while maximising data centre return on investment. Furthermore, ConnectX-5 is the first PCI Express 3.0 and 4.0 compatible adapter, enabling greater flexibility and future-proofing for the data centre.

With the exponential growth of data and the increase in businesses that takes advantage of real-time data processing for high performance computing (HPC), data analytics, machine learning, national security and ‘Internet of Things’ applications, the market needs not only the fastest interconnect available, but also interconnect intelligence that can perform data algorithms as the data moves throughout the data centre.

The new intelligent ConnectX-5 100G adapter enables the most advanced real-time in-network computing engines to unleash business opportunities and new technological developments.

“The new ConnectX-5 100G adapter further enables high performance, data analytics, deep learning, storage, Web 2.0 and more applications to perform data-related algorithms on the network to achieve the highest system performance and utilization,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president, marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “Today, scalable computer and storage systems suffer from data bottlenecks that limit research, product development, and constrain application services. ConnectX-5 will help unleash business potential with faster, more effective, real-time data processing and analytics. With its smart offloading, ConnectX-5 will enable dramatic increases in CPU, GPU and FPGA performance that will enhance effectiveness and maximize the return on data centres’ investment.”

ConnectX-5 enables greater HPC performance with new Message Passing Interface (MPI) offloads, such as MPI Tag Matching and MPI AlltoAll operations, advanced dynamic routing, and new capabilities to perform various data algorithms. ConnectX-5 delivers the highest available message rate of 200 million messages per second, which is 33 percent higher than the Mellanox ConnectX-4 adapter and nearly 2X compared to competitive products.

ConnectX-5 is the first interconnect adapter to support PCI Express 3.0 and 4.0 connectivity options, and includes an integrated PCIe switch. For upcoming PCI Express 4.0 enabled systems, ConnectX-5 will deliver an aggregated throughput of 200Gb/s.

The new ConnectX-5 Accelerated Switching and Packet Processing (ASAP2) technology enhances Open V-Switch (OVS) offloading, which results in significantly higher data transfer performance without overloading the CPU. Together with native RDMA and RoCE support, ConnectX-5 will dramatically improve Cloud and NFV platform efficiency.

For storage infrastructures, ConnectX-5 introduces new acceleration engines for NVM Express (NVMe). NVMe over Fabrics (NVMf) enables end-users to connect remote subsystems with flash appliances, leveraging RDMA technology to achieve faster application response times and better scalability across virtual data centers. Storage applications will see improved performance and lower latency with the advanced NVMf target offloads that ConnectX-5 delivers.

Read the full press release from Mellanox here.

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