Cavium Technologies Power End-to-End NVMe Over Fabrics Solutions

March 19, 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 19, 2018 –Today, Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise and cloud data centers, announced that it is collaborating with Microsemi Corporation, and Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), leading providers of semiconductor solutions, to demonstrate a reference architecture for accelerating and scaling out NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF). The architecture will be demonstrated live on ARM64 and x86 architectures at the OCP Summit 2018 in San Jose, California, in booth #A37.

Integrating a broad range of proven Cavium technologies (ThunderX2 processors, FastLinQ 100GbE NICs, XPliant Programmable Switches) with Microsemi’s Switchtec PCIe switches and Flashtec NVRAM cards and Marvell’s NVMe SSD controllers enables multiple differentiated and validated end-to-end NVMe solutions, including NVMe-based all-flash arrays (AFAs), just a bunch of flash (JBOF) and fabric-attached bunch of flash (FBOF).

In addition to a robust hardware solution, the collaboration enables software integrations of Microsemi’s open source PCIe peer-to-peer (P2P) technology and Cavium FastLinQ concurrent RoCE and iWARP for Storage Performance Dataplane Kit (SPDK). This solution enables new efficiencies and performance by offloading the compute resources from the data path leveraging NVMe 1.2 Controller Memory Buffer (CMB) technology.

At the OCP Summit 2018, Cavium, Microsemi and Marvell are demonstrating concurrent 100Gbps NVMe-oF RoCE and iWARP connectivity from FastLinQ 100GbE OCP NICs on x86 servers to a Celestica Nebula JBOF (with Marvell NVMe SSD controllers) and Facebook Lightning JBOF driven by Cavium’s ThunderX2 and XPliant platforms. The demonstration showcases how storage IHVs can leverage PCIe P2P and SPDK technology to completely offload the server CPU from the datapath and reduce latency.

“NVMe technology is rapidly changing the way cloud and enterprise data centers connect to shared storage, but building NVMe-oF solutions require industrywide technology integrations,” said Christopher Moezzi, vice president of marketing, Ethernet Server Adapter Group, Cavium. “Cavium FastLinQ Universal RDMA technology combined with the broader Cavium and Microsemi portfolio delivers a high performance and validated reference platform for JBOF/FBOF implementations, reducing risk and time to market for joint storage customers.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Cavium as part of Microsemi’s Accelerate Ecosystem. Microsemi’s leadership in NVMe connectivity and peer-to-peer technology reduces time to market and time to revenue for our joint customers in creating NVMe-oF solutions,” said Andrew Dieckmann vice president of marketing for Microsemi. “The scale-out capabilities of Microsemi’s Switchtec PCIe switches and P2P data plane offload combined with Cavium’s unique concurrent RoCE and iWARP NICs provides compelling flexibility, scale and performance for enterprise data center and cloud applications.”

“Marvell’s NVMe cloud and enterprise SSD controller data center customers are seeking to significantly scale and disaggregate their storage solutions without compromising latency, performance or reliability,” said Nigel Alvares, vice president of SSD and Data Center Storage Solutions at Marvell. “Cavium’s unique Universal RDMA capabilities built into the FastLinQ 41000 Series Ethernet NICs, combined with its integration across the broad Cavium portfolio, are well-positioned to meet the requirements of next-generation data centers while offering best-in-class total cost of ownership.”

 Cavium FastLinQ NVMe over Ethernet Universal RDMA Solutions for NVMe-oF

Driven by the performance demands of NVMe, high performance, low latency networking is a fundamental requirement for a fabric to scale out. Ethernet-based RDMA fabrics with their exceptional low latency and offload capabilities have become a popular choice for NVMe-oF. Cavium FastLinQ 10/25/40/50/100GbE Ethernet adapters support Universal RDMA (RoCE, RoCEv2 and iWARP) and deliver the ultimate choice to customers for scaling out NVMe over a general-purpose Ethernet fabric. In addition, Cavium LiquidIO line of SmartNIC solutions are key enablers for delivering JBOF/FBOF management and AFA storage services like full IPSEC offloads, compression and deduplication.

Cavium ThunderX2 Servers Solutions for NVMe and NVMe-oF

The ThunderX2 product family is Cavium’s second-generation, 64-bit ARMv8-A server processor SoCs for the data center, cloud, storage and high-performance computing applications. The family integrates high-performance custom cores along with outstanding I/O connectivity, memory bandwidth and capacity. Delivering high single core performance and multiple PCIe lanes per socket, Cavium ThunderX2 SoCs enable highly optimized JBOF/FBOF configurations.

Cavium XPliant 3.2T Ethernet Switching Solutions for NVMe-oF

The XPliant family of Ethernet switches improves compute and storage application performance in cloud, enterprise, and service provider data centers by offering a variety of industry leading features. The XPliant Programmable Architecture enables switching solutions that can be optimized for specific network architectures, including storage networks. Integrated end-to-end network performance management via the Packet Trakker™ instrumentation tool suite and large fully shared packet buffer guarantee robust lossless performance required for scaling out NVMe-oF.

Availability

Cavium ThunderX2 ARM64 processors, FastLinQ 100GbE OCP 2.0 NICs with Universal RDMA and XPliant 3.2T Programmable Ethernet Switches are generally available from Cavium and its collaborators worldwide.
For more information, visit www.cavium.com , www.microsemi.com and www.marvell.com.

About Cavium

Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM) offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan.


Source: Cavium

Subscribe to HPCwire's Weekly Update!

Be the most informed person in the room! Stay ahead of the tech trends with industy updates delivered to you every week!

Graphcore Introduces Next-Gen Intelligence Processing Unit for AI Workloads

July 15, 2020

British hardware designer Graphcore, which emerged from stealth in 2016 to launch its first-generation Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), has announced its next-generation IPU platform: the IPU-Machine M2000. With the n Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

heFFTe: Scaling FFT for Exascale

July 15, 2020

Exascale computing aspires to provide breakthrough solutions addressing today’s most critical challenges in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security. This has been the mai Read more…

By Jack Dongarra and Stanimire Tomov

There’s No Storage Like ATGC: Breakthrough Helps to Store ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in DNA

July 15, 2020

Even as storage density reaches new heights, many researchers have their eyes set on a paradigm shift in high-density information storage: storing data in the four nucleotides (A, T, G and C) that constitute DNA, a metho Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

Get a Grip: Intel Neuromorphic Chip Used to Give Robotics Arm a Sense of Touch

July 15, 2020

Moving neuromorphic technology from the laboratory into practice has proven slow-going. This week, National University of Singapore researchers moved the needle forward demonstrating an event-driven, visual-tactile perce Read more…

By John Russell

What’s New in HPC Research: Volcanoes, Mobile Games, Proteins & More

July 14, 2020

In this bimonthly feature, HPCwire highlights newly published research in the high-performance computing community and related domains. From parallel programming to exascale to quantum computing, the details are here. Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

AWS Solution Channel

INEOS TEAM UK Accelerates Boat Design for America’s Cup Using HPC on AWS

The America’s Cup Dream

The 36th America’s Cup race will be decided in Auckland, New Zealand in 2021. Like all the teams, INEOS TEAM UK will compete in a boat whose design will have followed guidelines set by race organizers to ensure the crew’s sailing skills are fully tested. Read more…

Intel® HPC + AI Pavilion

Supercomputing the Pandemic: Scientific Community Tackles COVID-19 from Multiple Perspectives

Since their inception, supercomputers have taken on the biggest, most complex, and most data-intensive computing challenges—from confirming Einstein’s theories about gravitational waves to predicting the impacts of climate change. Read more…

Joliot-Curie Supercomputer Used to Build First Full, High-Fidelity Aircraft Engine Simulation

July 14, 2020

When industrial designers plan the design of a new element of a vehicle’s propulsion or exterior, they typically use fluid dynamics to optimize airflow and increase the vehicle’s speed and efficiency. These fluid dyn Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

Graphcore Introduces Next-Gen Intelligence Processing Unit for AI Workloads

July 15, 2020

British hardware designer Graphcore, which emerged from stealth in 2016 to launch its first-generation Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), has announced its nex Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

heFFTe: Scaling FFT for Exascale

July 15, 2020

Exascale computing aspires to provide breakthrough solutions addressing today’s most critical challenges in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic c Read more…

By Jack Dongarra and Stanimire Tomov

Get a Grip: Intel Neuromorphic Chip Used to Give Robotics Arm a Sense of Touch

July 15, 2020

Moving neuromorphic technology from the laboratory into practice has proven slow-going. This week, National University of Singapore researchers moved the needle Read more…

By John Russell

Max Planck Society Begins Installation of Liquid-Cooled Supercomputer from Lenovo

July 9, 2020

Lenovo announced today that it is supplying a new high performance computer to the Max Planck Society, one of Germany's premier research organizations. Comprise Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

President’s Council Targets AI, Quantum, STEM; Recommends Spending Growth

July 9, 2020

Last week the President Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met (webinar) to review policy recommendations around three sub-committee reports: Read more…

By John Russell

Google Cloud Debuts 16-GPU Ampere A100 Instances

July 7, 2020

On the heels of the Nvidia’s Ampere A100 GPU launch in May, Google Cloud is announcing alpha availability of the A100 “Accelerator Optimized” VM A2 instance family on Google Compute Engine. The instances are powered by the HGX A100 16-GPU platform, which combines two HGX A100 8-GPU baseboards using... Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Q&A: HLRS’s Bastian Koller Tackles HPC and Industry in Germany and Europe

July 6, 2020

In this exclusive interview for HPCwire – sadly not face to face – Steve Conway, senior advisor for Hyperion Research, talks with Dr.-Ing Bastian Koller about the state of HPC and its collaboration with Industry in Europe. Koller is a familiar figure in HPC. He is the managing director at High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) and also serves... Read more…

By Steve Conway, Hyperion

OpenPOWER Reboot – New Director, New Silicon Partners, Leveraging Linux Foundation Connections

July 2, 2020

Earlier this week the OpenPOWER Foundation announced the contribution of IBM’s A21 Power processor core design to the open source community. Roughly this time Read more…

By John Russell

Supercomputer Modeling Tests How COVID-19 Spreads in Grocery Stores

April 8, 2020

In the COVID-19 era, many people are treating simple activities like getting gas or groceries with caution as they try to heed social distancing mandates and protect their own health. Still, significant uncertainty surrounds the relative risk of different activities, and conflicting information is prevalent. A team of Finnish researchers set out to address some of these uncertainties by... Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

[email protected] Turns Its Massive Crowdsourced Computer Network Against COVID-19

March 16, 2020

For gamers, fighting against a global crisis is usually pure fantasy – but now, it’s looking more like a reality. As supercomputers around the world spin up Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

[email protected] Rallies a Legion of Computers Against the Coronavirus

March 24, 2020

Last week, we highlighted [email protected], a massive, crowdsourced computer network that has turned its resources against the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe – but [email protected] isn’t the only game in town. The internet is buzzing with crowdsourced computing... Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

Supercomputer Simulations Reveal the Fate of the Neanderthals

May 25, 2020

For hundreds of thousands of years, neanderthals roamed the planet, eventually (almost 50,000 years ago) giving way to homo sapiens, which quickly became the do Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

DoE Expands on Role of COVID-19 Supercomputing Consortium

March 25, 2020

After announcing the launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium on Sunday, the Department of Energy yesterday provided more details on its sco Read more…

By John Russell

Neocortex Will Be First-of-Its-Kind 800,000-Core AI Supercomputer

June 9, 2020

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC - a joint research organization of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh) has won a $5 million award Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Honeywell’s Big Bet on Trapped Ion Quantum Computing

April 7, 2020

Honeywell doesn’t spring to mind when thinking of quantum computing pioneers, but a decade ago the high-tech conglomerate better known for its control systems waded deliberately into the then calmer quantum computing (QC) waters. Fast forward to March when Honeywell announced plans to introduce an ion trap-based quantum computer whose ‘performance’ would... Read more…

By John Russell

10nm, 7nm, 5nm…. Should the Chip Nanometer Metric Be Replaced?

June 1, 2020

The biggest cool factor in server chips is the nanometer. AMD beating Intel to a CPU built on a 7nm process node* – with 5nm and 3nm on the way – has been i Read more…

By Doug Black

Leading Solution Providers

Contributors

Nvidia’s Ampere A100 GPU: Up to 2.5X the HPC, 20X the AI

May 14, 2020

Nvidia's first Ampere-based graphics card, the A100 GPU, packs a whopping 54 billion transistors on 826mm2 of silicon, making it the world's largest seven-nanom Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

‘Billion Molecules Against COVID-19’ Challenge to Launch with Massive Supercomputing Support

April 22, 2020

Around the world, supercomputing centers have spun up and opened their doors for COVID-19 research in what may be the most unified supercomputing effort in hist Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

Australian Researchers Break All-Time Internet Speed Record

May 26, 2020

If you’ve been stuck at home for the last few months, you’ve probably become more attuned to the quality (or lack thereof) of your internet connection. Even Read more…

By Oliver Peckham

15 Slides on Programming Aurora and Exascale Systems

May 7, 2020

Sometime in 2021, Aurora, the first planned U.S. exascale system, is scheduled to be fired up at Argonne National Laboratory. Cray (now HPE) and Intel are the k Read more…

By John Russell

Summit Supercomputer is Already Making its Mark on Science

September 20, 2018

Summit, now the fastest supercomputer in the world, is quickly making its mark in science – five of the six finalists just announced for the prestigious 2018 Read more…

By John Russell

TACC Supercomputers Run Simulations Illuminating COVID-19, DNA Replication

March 19, 2020

As supercomputers around the world spin up to combat the coronavirus, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is announcing results that may help to illumina Read more…

By Staff report

$100B Plan Submitted for Massive Remake and Expansion of NSF

May 27, 2020

Legislation to reshape, expand - and rename - the National Science Foundation has been submitted in both the U.S. House and Senate. The proposal, which seems to Read more…

By John Russell

John Martinis Reportedly Leaves Google Quantum Effort

April 21, 2020

John Martinis, who led Google’s quantum computing effort since establishing its quantum hardware group in 2014, has left Google after being moved into an advi Read more…

By John Russell

  • arrow
  • Click Here for More Headlines
  • arrow
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Share This