Category Archives: Mellanox

Mellanox Disaggregates Hardware & Software for Open Compute Project Networking

downloadSUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, Israel — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today unveiled its next-generation Open Composable Networks (OCN) platform at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit.

http://www.lightreading.com/mellanox-disaggregates-hardware-and-software-for-open-compute-project-networking/d/d-id/721602

Open Compute Project accepts Mellanox open Ethernet switches

mellanox_logoMellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX) says the Open Compute Project (OCP) has accepted a pair of its 10 Gigabit Ethernet/40 Gigabit Ethernet switch systems. As its name implies, the Facebook-inspired OCP seeks to promote the collaborative development of open source software and hardware for data center, computing, and related applications. Vendors can submit their products for acceptance into the program.

http://www.lightwaveonline.com/articles/2015/11/open-compute-project-accepts-mellanox-open-ethernet-switches.html

Mellanox debuts Spectrum, its 25/100 gigabit open Ethernet-based switch

mellanox_logoMellanox Technologies launched its initial 100 Gigabit Ethernet, Open Ethernet-based, non-blocking switch to offer high throughput, latency, energy efficiency and scalability, to build efficient 25, 50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet data center fabrics. Spectrum, the next generation of its Open Ethernet-based switch IC, overcomes current data center challenges by providing a highly flexible and scalable solution that allows businesses to deploy the hardware-software combinations best suited to meet their distinctive needs. With Spectrum, Mellanox is deliver offer end-to-end 10/25/40/50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

http://wwpi.com/mellanox-debuts-spectrum-its-25100-gigabit-open-ethernet-based-switch/

Mellanox Releases OpenOptics MSA Specifications for Open Compute Project

mellanox_logoToday Mellanox and RANOVUS, today announced that the OpenOptics MSA is contributing the developed wavelength specifications to the Open Compute Project (OCP). The new specification enables data to be streamed at terabits per second over a single fiber. This contribution is part of Mellanox’s mission to drive a faster pace of innovation that focuses on energy efficiency and bandwidth scalability in data center technologies.

http://insidehpc.com/2015/03/mellanox-releases-openoptics-msa-specifications-for-open-compute-project/

Facebook creating a software “switch” for Open Compute Project

Years ago, Facebook Inc. announced that it was embarking on an initiative to enable data center operators to use any number of software options after buying a vendor’s hardware. A novel idea, but little has been heard since this long- ago announcement until very recently, when Facebook announced a major development with its Open Compute Project. The Open Compute Project, the name given to this initiative by Facebook, has been successful in moving forward on defining a network switch that could be used on many operating systems to make this a reality.

http://www.pfhub.com/facebook-creating-a-software-switch-for-open-compute-project-794/

Facebook Testing Broadcom’s Open Compute Switches in Production

It has been a year since Facebook announced that its Open Compute Project had an initiative focused on defining a network switch that could be used with a variety of operating systems, so that data center operators would not get locked into using a single vendor’s software once they bought that vendor’s hardware. Facebook’s wish to disaggregate networking hardware from networking software has now been granted. Two switch designs (one by Mellanox and the other by Broadcom) were submitted to Open Compute for approval, and Facebook is already testing a handful of the Broadcom boxes in production in its data centers, Najam Ahmad, director of network engineering at Facebook, said.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/06/03/facebook-testing-broadcoms-open-compute-switches-production/

UTSA unveils Open Cloud network

The University of Texas at San Antonio is launching one of the largest Open Cloud networks in academia. The network utilizes OpenStack software, co-founded by Rackspace, and Open Compute hardware, founded by Facebook, and will support advanced computing and big data analytics research. The UTSA Cloud and BigData Laboratory, with more than 20 doctoral students, will utilize the network to research new technologies and innovations in various areas of computing. The laboratory was built in collaboration with industry partners such as Rackspace, Open Compute Project Communities, Mellanox, Internet2, ZeroVM and many others.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/blog/morning-edition/2014/05/utsa-unveils-open-cloud-network.html

Mellanox 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet NICs Support Microsoft Open Compute Project (OCP) Cloud Server Specification

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced 10 and 40GbE NIC support for the Microsoft OCP server and storage specification which are based on hardware used to power Microsoft’s global cloud services, including Windows Azure, Bing, and Office 365. Available now, the ConnectX®-3 Pro OCP-based 10/40GbE NICs with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and overlay network offloads offer optimized application latency and performance while maintaining extremely low system power consumption.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140210005289/en/Mellanox-10-40-Gigabit-Ethernet-NICs-Support#.U3IyOfl_v0E

Open Compute Project Considers Switch Specs

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is pushing forward with its efforts to develop an open, OS-agnostic top-of-rack switch. Earlier this week, it highlighted four specifications from Broadcom, Cumulus Networks, Intel and Mellanox under consideration by the OCP incubation committee. The OCP was launched in 2011 by Facebook with a focus on developing open data center components such as racks and servers. The group, now a non-profit foundation, expanded its charter six months ago to include network hardware.

http://www.networkcomputing.com/networking/open-compute-project-considers-switch-specs/d/d-id/1234544?

Open Compute Reports Progress on Open Network Switch

facebook-najam-ahmad MENLO PARK, Calif. – The Open Compute network switch is moving closer to reality. Broadcom, Intel and Mellanox have each submitted specifications for a top-of-rack switch to the Open Compute Project, and were on hand at Facebook headquarters Monday to promote their contributions to the open-source hardware initiative.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/11/12/open-compute-reports-progress-open-network-switch/

Mellanox Proposes Contribution of 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Specification to the Open Compute Project to Enable Cost and Energy-Efficient, Scalable Data Centers

Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced it is offering its SwitchX®-2 Top-of-Rack switch as a proposed contribution to the Open Compute Project. The SwitchX-2 switch dramatically improves power consumption, latency and density, enabling larger, efficient and more cost-effective data center designs. By open sourcing the designs for the switch, Mellanox is helping drive a faster pace of innovation and a great focus on efficiency and scale in data center technologies.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2013/11/11/mellanox-proposes-contribution-10-gigabit-ethernet-switch-specification-open-compute-proj?page=0,0

Facebook Likes Broadcom, Intel, Mellanox Switches

Intel's switch proposal uses three types of its chips. Click here to enlarge. SAN JOSE, Calif. — Broadcom, Intel, and Mellanox have developed competing specifications for datacenter switches, responding to a call from the Facebook-led Open Compute Project. OCP called earlier this year for open specs for software-agnostic leaf and spine switches to complement its existing specs for streamlined servers. The specs aim to speed innovation in networking hardware, “help software-defined networking continue to evolve and flourish,” and give big datacenter operators more flexibility in how they create cloud computing systems, said Frank Frankovsky, a Facebook datacenter executive and chair of the OCP Foundation in a blog posted Monday.

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1320052

IBM, Google Team on OpenPOWER Consortium

google-coldaisleIn a bid to reinvigorate its POWER processor architecture,IBM this week announced a new development alliance called the OpenPOWER Consortium, with Google, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan as initial members. Battling a diminishing server market overall, on top of competition from the Open Compute Project and other industry initiatives, IBM hopes that OpenPOWER will build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology on the POWER platform. The consortium makes POWER IP licensable to others and for the first time will make POWER hardware and software available to open development.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/08/07/ibm-google-mellanox-nvidia-and-tyan-announce-openpower-consortium/