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Voltaire Announces FDR InfiniBand Switch Development Plans

By DE Editors

Voltaire Ltd. announced plans to deliver FDR (fourteen data rate) InfiniBand switching platforms that adhere to the InfiniBand Trade Association’s (IBTA) specifications for next generation InfiniBand. The new platforms will deliver an 80% increase in server-to-server throughput and improved scalability for faster application runtime. The switches will also be compatible with Voltaire’s portfolio of application acceleration and fabric orchestration software to enable greater fabric performance, scalability and management.

The Voltaire switches are expected to be available in the second half of 2011, aligned with the anticipated release of next generation server platforms and PCIe 3.0. Voltaire Grid Director switches are designed to provide InfiniBand connectivity and low latency to enable high-performance applications to run on distributed server, network and storage resources. The switches’ power-efficient design offers low power and cooling requirements.

Voltaire switches accelerate more than half of the InfiniBand deployments on the latest TOP500 list. Voltaire switches power three of the seven petascale systems on the list.  In addition, Voltaire switches are used in 54 new entries on the list since June 2010, bringing Voltaire’s total count to 121.

“Voltaire is committed to the HPC market and we are aggressively developing solutions based on InfiniBand to continue to the lead the market in performance and scalability,” says Asaf Somekh, vice president of marketing, Voltaire. “FDR InfiniBand will address the needs of HPC customers who require the highest bandwidths and the utmost scalability to drive their applications.”

“We continue to work closely with Voltaire to deliver next-generation platforms based on Mellanox’s industry-leading InfiniBand switching technology,” says Marc Sultzbaugh, vice president of worldwide sales at Mellanox Technologies. “FDR InfiniBand-based solutions will address the market need for even higher application performance, delivering improved efficiency, scalability, and return on investment for the next wave of scale-out computing systems.”

For more information, visit Voltaire.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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