UNIGROUP GENERAL MEETING
Unigroup is pleased to announce our September 2015 meeting on Infiniband and Ethernet High Speed Interconnection Fabrics. Current architectures have these technologies running at 100Gbit/s, with roadmaps heading towards speeds of 400Gbit/s in the near future.
Our September 2015 speaker is from Mellanox Technologies, a manufacturer of both High Speed Infiniband and High Speed Ethernet products.
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Topic: High Speed Interconnects: Infiniband & Ethernet: 100Gbps and Beyond
Introduction & Description of Talk:
Mellanox will present and discuss interconnect technologies. We will review Infiniband and Ethernet technologies, implementation, use cases, advantages, and future. We will review the latest products and solutions from both hardware and software perspective, and discuss relevance and implementations in Financial Services, big data and analytics, and other use cases.
InfiniBand (IB) is a networking communications standard used in high-performance computing, features very high throughput and very low latency. It is used for data interconnect both among and within computers. InfiniBand is also utilized as either a direct, or switched interconnect between servers and storage systems, as well as an interconnect between storage systems. It is the most commonly used interconnect in supercomputers and high performance computing. Mellanox and Intel manufacture InfiniBand host bus adapters and network switches. Mellanox IB cards are available for Oracle Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Microsoft Windows, HP-UX, VMware ESX. It is designed to be scalable and uses a switched fabric network topology. As an interconnect, IB competes with Ethernet and proprietary technologies. Alternative network transport technologies include Fibre Channel and Ethernet. The technology is promoted by the InfiniBand Trade Association.
Ethernet is a computer networking technology. It was commercially introduced in 1980 and first standardized in 1983 as IEEE 802.3 and has since been refined to support higher bit rates and longer link distances. The Ethernet standards comprise several wiring and signaling variants of the OSI physical layer. Ethernet data transfer rates have been increased to the latest 100 gigabits per second (Gbit/s), with 400 Gbit/s expected ~2017. Systems communicating over Ethernet divide a stream of data into shorter pieces called frames. Each frame contains source and destination addresses and error-checking data so that damaged data can be detected and re-transmitted. As per the OSI model, Ethernet provides services up to and including the data link layer.
We will present and discussion interconnect technologies. We will review Infiniband and Ethernet technologies, implementation, use cases, advantages, and future. We will review the latest products and solutions from both hardware and software perspective, and discuss relevance and implementations in Financial Services, big data and analytics, and other use cases.
Presentation Outline (as time permits):
References & Web Resources:
Wikipedia on RDMA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_direct_memory_access Wikipedia on RoCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RDMA_over_Converged_Ethernet Ethernet Alliance (EA): http://www.ethernetalliance.org Infiniband Trade Association (IBTA): http://www.infinibandta.org Open Compute Project - SAI (Switch Abstraction Layer): http://www.opencompute.org/wiki/Networking/SpecsAndDesigns Open Fabrics Alliance (OFA): http://www.openfabrics.org Open Network Install Environment: http://www.onie.org Mellanox Technology White Papers: http://www.mellanox.com/page/white_papers Mellanox Academy - Free Registration and some Free On-demand Classes: http://academy.mellanox.com Mellanox Community - Tons of How-To's and Latest Users Contributed Material: http://community.mellanox.com Mellanox Products: http://www.mellanox.com/page/products_overview Mellanox's Unigroup Presentation: High Speed Interconnect Fabrics 100Gbps+ Infiniband + Ethernet: Unigroup_20150917_High_Speed_Interconnect_Fabrics_100Gbps+_Infiniband_Ethernet_Mellanox.pdf
Eitan Rabin is Sr. Director, Advanced Support Solutions at Mellanox. Eitan has been with the company since year 2000. Eitan is currently working out of our NYC office, supporting high priority projects, advanced development customers, and FSI HFT low level solutions. Prior to his current role, he served as Field Application Engineer and as a Driver and Firmware Developer. He is a graduate of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Israel. Fun fact: Eitan joined Mellanox as its first support engineer. The company now has over 2000 employees and our support org is several hundred people globally.
Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX) is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. Founded in 1999, Mellanox Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam, Israel. The company employs over 2000 people globally.
For information about Mellanox Technologies, please visit: http://www.mellanox.com
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FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS
Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.
Our thanks go to Mellanox Technologies Ltd for sponsoring the food service for this meeting!
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