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November 16, 2009
QLogic 12000 series 40Gb/s switches and directors offer industry-leading performance with SGI CloudRack and Rackable HPC servers and clusters for faster results
PORTLAND, Nov. 16 -- SC09 -- QLogic Corp. today announced an agreement with SGI (NSDQ:SGI), a global leader in HPC and datacenter solutions, for highly scalable quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand switches and directors targeted at the high performance computing (HPC) market. Under the terms of the agreement, SGI will resell QLogic's entire portfolio of 12000 Series 40Gb/s QDR InfiniBand switches and directors as part of its CloudRack and Rackable HPC servers and clusters.
SGI HPC solutions are used by the scientific, technical and business communities to solve challenging data-intensive computing, data management and visualization problems. With HPC products that access, analyze, transform, manage, visualize and store very large amounts of data in real-time or near real-time, SGI helps organizations simulate global climate changes, accelerate engineering of new automotive designs, support homeland security initiatives, detect fraud in real-time and gain business intelligence through data mining.
QLogic 12000 Series QDR InfiniBand switches were selected based on their significant advantages, with up to 864 ports, 51.8 terabits per second of aggregate bandwidth and multiple models to choose from for configuration flexibility. The 12000 Series simplifies InfiniBand networking with automated installation, configuration, and monitoring of the fabric. QLogic 12000 Series switches and directors also provide QoS and flexible fabric partitioning that improve the utilization of InfiniBand resources and adapt to the evolving requirements of an organization.
"SGI's HPC solutions are widely used in scientific, technical and business communities to solve a variety of data-intensive computing challenges," said Bill Mannel, vice president of product management at SGI. "These applications require tremendous computing power as well as extremely fast and efficient data flow. The combination of SGI CloudRack or Rackable HPC servers and QLogic's performance-leading QDR InfiniBand directors and switches can lead to quicker solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems."
"With the highest aggregate bandwidth, highest message rate and lowest latency in the industry, QLogic 12000 Series QDR InfiniBand switches and directors can significantly increase productivity for SGI CloudRack and Rackable cluster users," said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager of Network Solutions Group at QLogic. "Superior performance combined with enterprise-friendly ease-of-use makes the 12000 Series ideal for SGI customers running a wide range of computational-intensive applications."
The QLogic 12000 Series of edge and director switches, based on the company's TrueScale Architecture, includes several innovations that make the company's latest technology unparalleled in every respect:
QLogic 12000 Series QDR InfiniBand Switches and Directors
The QLogic 12000 Series QDR InfiniBand Switch platform marks a quantum advancement in the InfiniBand switch market. The first InfiniBand switch platform based on QLogic's own Truescale ASIC technology, the 12000 family ranges from fixed configuration edge switches to fully configurable, modular director class switches. The 12000 Series platform was designed to provide a true enterprise-class solution that scales from the very small to the very large. 12000 Series switches simplify InfiniBand networking with automated installation, configuration, and monitoring of the fabric. QLogic InfiniBand switches provide QoS and flexible fabric partitioning that improve the utilization of InfiniBand resources and adapt to the evolving requirements of an organization.
QLogic 12000 Series QDR InfiniBand director switches offer several significant advantages over comparative products, including 160 percent more connectivity options (864 ports); 100 percent more aggregate bandwidth (51.8 terabits per second); more flexibility and models to choose from (5 models) and the ability to scale the InfiniBand network with precision. Unlike competitive director designs that waste ports networking two chassis together to reach more than 324 ports, the modularly designed QLogic 12000 Series director can scale from as few as 18 ports to the maximum of 864 ports, all on a single switch, without any messy cabling.
QLogic QDR directors and switches for SGI include:
InfiniBand Networks powered by QLogic
QLogic offers a comprehensive, end-to-end portfolio of InfiniBand networking products for HPC including QDR host channel adapters, QDR multi-protocol director and edge switches and the necessary tools to install, operate, and maintain high performance fabrics. Delivering the industry's highest message rate, lowest MPI latency and highest effective bandwidth, QLogic InfiniBand adapters enable MPI and TCP applications to scale to thousands of nodes with unprecedented price-performance. As the most comprehensive and flexible HPC cluster interconnect fabric solutions on the market, QLogic QDR InfiniBand switches incorporate the industry's only management tools that enable an administrator to install and boot an InfiniBand fabric in minutes, helping to accommodate the growing demand for high performance computational clusters and grids.
QLogic (NSDQ: QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance networking, including adapters, switches and ASICs. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic products for their data, storage and server networking solutions. QLogic is a NASDAQ Global Select company and is included in the S&P 500. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.
Source: QLogic Corp.
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