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November 18, 2013

Molex and CALIENT Demo HPC Networking Solution at SC13

LISLE, Ill., Nov. 18 — Molex Incorporated has teamed with CALIENT Technologies, Inc., to demonstrate an InfiniBand hybrid packet-optical circuit switched network architecture at Supercomputing 2013 in Denver (Nov. 17-22).

The solution combines the Molex QSFP+ parallel single mode silicon photonics-based active optical interconnects (QSFP Quad Data Rate [QDR]) with CALIENT’s low-latency S320 3D MEMS Optical Circuit Switch. The demonstration will highlight the potential for very low latency port mapping within an InfiniBand network while simultaneously enabling medium to long reach links.

A demonstration of the Molex/CALIENT HPC solution for InfiniBand networks can be seen at the CALIENT booth 4219 at SC13.

“While CALIENT’s traditional market has been in data center Ethernet switching, the need for low-latency applications within InfiniBand high-performance computing (HPC) networks has become apparent,” said Brent Hatfield, product manager, Molex. “The combination of Molex 4km single mode silicon photonics-based interconnects and CALIENT’s low-latency optical switching demonstrates the two companies’ unique ability to resolve increased demands for long reach, low latency, low-power interconnects.”

“We’ve had strong interest in using our S320 Optical Circuit Switch for InfiniBand-based HPC networks, but until now we haven’t been able to offer a solution to adapt the physical layer connections,” said Daniel Tardent, CALIENT’s Vice President of Marketing. “The partnership with Molex solves this problem and allows us to extend the very positive performance, low-power and cost advantages of pure photonic Optical Circuit Switching to InfiniBand applications.”

About CALIENT Technologies

Headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, CALIENT Technologies is the global leader in adaptive Optical Circuit Switching with systems that enable dynamic optical layer optimization in next generation data centers and software defined networks. CALIENT’s 3D MEMS switches have demonstrated years of reliability, with eight years of successful continuous operation. With more than 100,000 optical terminations shipped, CALIENT has one of the largest installed bases of optical circuit switches worldwide. For more information, visit us at, on Twitter and LinkedIn or contact us at

About Molex Incorporated

Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including: data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle, aerospace and defense, medical, and lighting. Established in 1938, the company operates 45 manufacturing locations in 17 countries. The Molex website is


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