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Mellanox Accelerates Ethernet/Infiniband Adapter

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, Israel -- Mellanox Technologies announced a 10-, 25-, 40-, 50-, 56- and 100Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet adapter, called ConnectX-5, that introduces offloading engines to improve adapter performance.

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 a message rate of 200 million messages per second, 33% higher than its predecessor, the ConnectX-4 adapter, and nearly twice the rates provided by competitive products, the company claims.

Mellanox also claims the 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 (ASAP) 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.

Gilad Shainer, vice president, marketing at Mellanox Technologies, said, “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 centers’ investment.”

Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: MLNX)

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