EDR 100Gb/s and FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand Continues Growth and Interconnect Leadership on the TOP500

SC’15, Austin, Texas – November 16, 2015 Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that InfiniBand connected systems grew year-over-year from November 2014 to November 2015, demonstrating the growing demand for Mellanox InfiniBand solutions to enable users to maximize their data center return-on-investment. InfiniBand-connected systems increased from 225 to 237 year-over-year, representing 47.4 percent of the TOP500 list. The number of FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand systems grew 16 percent year-over-year and EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand now connects 4 systems on the TOP500. The number of EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand systems is expected to more than double by the end of 2015 compared to the July 2015 TOP500 list.

The November TOP500 list marked the first time Ethernet-based Web 2.0 and Cloud infrastructures from China were submitted and included, altering the trend perspective of high-performance computing systems and interconnect in the TOP500. These hyperscale systems use a similar system architecture, and in order to be more efficient, would require RDMA and intelligent interconnect. Mellanox Ethernet adapters with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and switches are positioned to enable those infrastructures to deliver higher performance, scalability, efficiency, and overall return-on-investment. InfiniBand is the leading solution for HPC-based infrastructures and is used in 61 percent of the HPC research segment, 80 percent in the HPC academic segment, and 50 percent in government systems. In the blend of cloud, Web 2.0, and enterprise industry systems, InfiniBand connects 24 percent of these infrastructures.

Due to its performance leadership, Mellanox InfiniBand is the most used interconnect solutions for Petascale computing, connecting 45 percent of the world Petascale-performance systems on the list. Furthermore, Mellanox InfiniBand solutions deliver the highest return-on-investment with 99.8 percent system efficiency, 4X higher versus Ethernet.

“We are pleased with our ongoing interconnect leadership on the TOP500 and the increased adoption of our FDR and EDR InfiniBand solutions. Mellanox is the only company to offer a proven, robust, reliable, end-to-end 100Gb/s interconnect solution, providing the highest application performance and system scalability,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “As the need for higher performance and analyzing greater amounts of data increases, more intelligence is being moved to the interconnect. Intelligent interconnect solutions will further increase application performance from generation to generation, paving the road to Exascale compute and storage infrastructures. With our upcoming HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand solutions in the 2017 timeframe, we expect to continue our generation-ahead leadership in high-performance computing, Web 2.0, and cloud, delivering scalable, efficient and intelligent interconnect solutions.”

Mellanox ConnectX®-4 EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand adapters, Switch-IB™ based switch systems and LinkX® fiber and copper cables optimize server and storage performance and provide the scalable, low-latency, and power-efficient interconnect for the world’s fastest supercomputers. 

Published twice a year and publicly available at www.top500.org, the TOP500 list ranks the world’s most powerful computer systems according to the Linpack benchmark rating system.

Highlights of InfiniBand usage on the November 2015 TOP500 list include:

  • InfiniBand is the most used interconnect on the TOP500 with 237 systems, 47.4 percent of the list.
  • FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand connected systems grew 16 percent year-over-year.
  • EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions connected 4 systems on the TOP500
  • InfiniBand is the most used interconnect for Petascale-performance systems connecting 33 systems, 45 percent of the list.
  • Mellanox InfiniBand solutions provide the highest system utilization on the TOP500, achieving 99.8 percent system utilization.
  • InfiniBand is the most used interconnect in the TOP100 with 43.0 percent, in the TOP200 with 44.5 percent, in the TOP300 with 44.3 percent and in the TOP400 systems with 45.3 percent.
  • InfiniBand connects 1.4X the number of Cray based systems in the TOP100, 5X in TOP500.
  • Clusters continue to be the dominant system architecture with 85 percent of the TOP500 list.

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Mellanox Technologies 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. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.

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