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Primeur weekly 2017-10-09

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The Post-Moore era ...

Focus

Outsourcing your data centre to Verne Global in Iceland reduces costs and benefits climate ...

Draft work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the European Horizon 2020 funding programme shows strong commitment to HPC and exascale with over 450 million euro funding available ...

Exascale supercomputing

IDEAS goes big: Fostering better software development for exascale ...

Assessing regional earthquake risk and hazards in the age of exascale ...

Quantum computing

Bristol scientists pinpoint the singularity for quantum computers ...

New 'building material' points toward quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Call now open for ISC 2018 research papers: Submission ends December 22, 2017 ...

Project TopWing published top innovative results in Nature ...

PRACE 15th Call continues to award outstanding research in HPC ...

PRACE met future scientists at EUCYS 2017 ...

Dutch National Big Data Infrastructure will boost pre-competitive research ...

Middleware

Bright Computing rolls out tiered partner programme for resellers in North and South America ...

Hardware

CENATE names new director ...

University of South Dakota gets HPC cluster for research computing ...

Mellanox enables the next generation of software-defined data centre networks with BlueField SmartNIC network adapters ...

Discovery and innovation to quicken with supercomputer's $1-million upgrade ...

Applications

Cell modelling tool makes complex calculations user-friendly ...

Purdue professor wins Department of Defense computing award ...

Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene ...

MareNostrum supercomputer has allocated 20 million hours of calculation to the Nobel Prize for Physics winning project ...

The world-record 53.3 Tb/s optical switching capacity for data-centre networks ...

Chemists teach computer programme to model forces between atoms accurately ...

The Cloud

New Oracle Exadata X7 delivers in-memory performance from shared storage ...

Oracle unveils world's first autonomous database Cloud ...

Mellanox enables the next generation of software-defined data centre networks with BlueField SmartNIC network adapters

4 Oct 2017 Sunnyvale, Yokneam - Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has launched its BlueField family of software-defined SmartNIC adapters, designed for scale-out server and storage applications. The BlueField intelligent adapters bring new capabilities to Mellanox's portfolio by embedding powerful ARM processor cores and accelerators in the network interface card (NIC). Based on the BlueField system-on-chip processors, with up to 200Gb/s of low-latency throughput, these adapters enable a truly software-defined data centre network.

As pressure on the data centre's agility and efficiency continue to rise, intelligent networking solutions must simultaneously deliver higher data throughput, greater flexibility, and offload more and more of the costly host CPU cycles to the NIC. Integrating compute and accelerator resources directly into the NIC boosts the server workload capacity by 2-3 times, without requiring any additional rack space and without adding significant power. Cloud and large data centre operators need the adaptability and scalability of programmable adapters in order to roll-out new services, features and advanced protocols without opening servers for a hardware upgrade.

Key features of the BlueField intelligent adapters:

  • 2 network ports of Ethernet or InfiniBand: 10G/25G, 40G, 50G or 100Gb/s options
  • RDMA support for both InfiniBand and RoCE from the leader in RDMA technology
  • Accelerators for NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF), RAID, crypto and packet processing
  • PCI Express Gen3 and Gen4, with either x8-or x16-lane configurations
  • Integrated low-latency PCIe switch with up to 8 external ports for flexible topologies
  • Up to 16 ARMv8 Cortex A72 processors with 20MB of coherent cache
  • 8-32GB of on-board DDR4 DRAM
  • Comprehensive virtualization support with SR-IOV
  • Accelerated Switching and Packet Processing (ASAP2) OVS offloads
  • Multi-host and SocketDirect enabling a single adapter to support up to four CPU hosts
  • Multiple server form-factor options including half-height, half-length PCIe and other configurations

In data centre server environments, the BlueField SmartNIC addresses a wide range of applications, including Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), security and network traffic acceleration. The fully programmable environment and DPDK framework support a wide range of standard software packages running in the BlueField ARM subsystem. Examples include:

  • Open vSwitch (OVS)
  • Security packages such as L3/4 firewall, DDoS protection and Intrusion Prevention
  • Encryption stacks (IPsec, SSL/TLS)
  • Traffic monitoring, telemetry and packet capture

"Our BlueField adapters effectively place a Computer in Front of the Computer", stated Gilad Shainer, vice president marketing, Mellanox Technologies. "They provide the flexibility needed to adapt to new and emerging network protocols, and to implement complex networking and security functions in a distributed manner, right at the boundary of the server. This brings more scalability to the data centre and enhances security by creating an isolated trust zone."

"We expect the BlueField SmartNIC adapters to be a compelling offering in the software-defined networking space", stated Bob Wheeler, principal analyst at The Linley Group. "Performance demands in this segment are growing rapidly and Mellanox is well positioned with the ubiquitous driver support of its broadly deployed ConnectX network controller. With the addition of the accelerators and ARM cores, BlueField will enable exciting innovations in server and storage applications."

"Mellanox BlueField intelligent adapters enable us to achieve higher performance and offload for complex networking and storage workloads", stated CT Sun, the chief architect and vice president of engineering at AIC. "We are pleased to embrace a new generation of Mellanox SmartNICs that enable AIC and our MAX I/O platform customers to create highly differentiated products by enabling fully software-programmable network processing."

Source: Mellanox

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Primeur weekly 2017-10-09

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The Post-Moore era ...

Focus

Outsourcing your data centre to Verne Global in Iceland reduces costs and benefits climate ...

Draft work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the European Horizon 2020 funding programme shows strong commitment to HPC and exascale with over 450 million euro funding available ...

Exascale supercomputing

IDEAS goes big: Fostering better software development for exascale ...

Assessing regional earthquake risk and hazards in the age of exascale ...

Quantum computing

Bristol scientists pinpoint the singularity for quantum computers ...

New 'building material' points toward quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Call now open for ISC 2018 research papers: Submission ends December 22, 2017 ...

Project TopWing published top innovative results in Nature ...

PRACE 15th Call continues to award outstanding research in HPC ...

PRACE met future scientists at EUCYS 2017 ...

Dutch National Big Data Infrastructure will boost pre-competitive research ...

Middleware

Bright Computing rolls out tiered partner programme for resellers in North and South America ...

Hardware

CENATE names new director ...

University of South Dakota gets HPC cluster for research computing ...

Mellanox enables the next generation of software-defined data centre networks with BlueField SmartNIC network adapters ...

Discovery and innovation to quicken with supercomputer's $1-million upgrade ...

Applications

Cell modelling tool makes complex calculations user-friendly ...

Purdue professor wins Department of Defense computing award ...

Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene ...

MareNostrum supercomputer has allocated 20 million hours of calculation to the Nobel Prize for Physics winning project ...

The world-record 53.3 Tb/s optical switching capacity for data-centre networks ...

Chemists teach computer programme to model forces between atoms accurately ...

The Cloud

New Oracle Exadata X7 delivers in-memory performance from shared storage ...

Oracle unveils world's first autonomous database Cloud ...