It’s been a notable week for Intel, with the announcement of two new leadership positions, including the pushing of 30-year veteran engineer, Brian Krzanich into the top slot. With this in mind, we revisit this week’s discussion led by Intel’s John Hengeveld on where the trends of big data and HPC tend to converge on the interconnect and its role in…
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Mellanox_logo_small.bmp” alt=”” width=”101″ height=”86″ />With the rollout of high performance, lossless Ethernet products over the last few years, there were more than a few analysts predicting the slow retreat of InfiniBand. But thanks to a peculiar confluence of technology roadmaps, a payoff in some investments made by Mellanox, and a pent-up demand for server and storage deployment now being alleviated by Intel’s Romley platform, InfiniBand is having a big year.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Intel-Corp_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”113″ height=”85″ />Chip giant Intel has penned an agreement to acquire QLogic’s assets related to its InfiniBand product line. The move is in line with Intel’s strategy to have a broader, more diverse set of offerings for the datacenter, especially in the lucrative network and interconnect segment. The chipmaker also sees the acquisition as key to fulfilling its promise to deliver exascale technology by 2018.
Vendors in the high performance cloud space were put in the hot seat during last week’s ISC Cloud event in Mannheim, Germany. Representatives from twelve companies, including HP, Intel, SGI, Bull and others, took part in a “gameshow” event that featured tough questions and a competitive reason to answer them thoroughly.
It was a bit of a surprise when QLogic beat out Mellanox as the interconnect vendor on the NNSA’s Tri-Lab Linux Capacity Cluster 2 contract. Not only was Mellanox the incumbent on the original Tri-Lab contract, but it is widely considered to have the more complete solution set for InfiniBand. Nevertheless, QLogic managed to win the day, and did so with somewhat unconventional technologies.
With the Voltaire acquisition in the works, Mellanox is set to deliver a serious blow to its only other InfiniBand competitor.
To say the market share for HPC interconnects is imbalanced is a rather dramatic understatement since the vast majority of business is driven by Mellanox. However, there are a few emerging competitors who might be playing a more prominent role in HPC–and by proxy, cloud computing.
New fabric management software automates bandwidth provisioning, load balancing.
QLogic intros new pass-through module; Voltaire debuts MPI offload technology.
More videos from HPC’s premier event of 2009.