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Jun 25, 2018

InfiniBand Accelerates the World-Fastest HPC and Artificial Intelligence Supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Summit Supercomputer Leverages EDR InfiniBand In-Network Computing Technology to Deliver Unprecedented Computing Power for Scientific Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Applications

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 25, 2018-- Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that EDR InfiniBand accelerates the new world-fastest high-performance computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) system, named Summit, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, based on the June’18 TOP500 supercomputers list. Summit is capable of 200 Petaflop performance and leverages dual EDR InfiniBand network to provide overall 200 gigabit per second throughput to each compute server.

Summit provides eight times higher performance versus the previous fastest supercomputer in the US. The new supercomputer will enable simulations of greater resolution and higher fidelity to advance human knowledge in diverse science domains such as biology, nuclear science, cosmology and more. Some early Summit research projects include studying exploding stars at unprecedented scales, simulating particle turbulence in sustainable fusion reactions, researching materials for high-temperature superconductors and others.

Summit is also the fastest Artificial Intelligence platform in the world, offering unparalleled opportunities for the integration of AI and scientific discovery. Applying machine learning and deep learning capabilities to automate, accelerate, and drive understanding at supercomputer scales will help scientists achieve breakthroughs in human health, energy and engineering, and answer fundamental questions about the universe.

“We are proud to accelerate the world’s fastest HPC and AI supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a result of a great collaboration over the last few years between Oak Ridge National Laboratory, IBM, NVIDIA and us,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “Our InfiniBand smart accelerations and offload technology delivers highest HPC and AI applications performance, scalability, and robustness. InfiniBand enables organizations to maximize their data center return-on-investment and improve their total cost of ownership and, as such, it connects many of the top HPC and AI infrastructures around the world. We look forward to being a part of and accelerating new scientific discoveries and advances in AI development, to be performed and enabled by Summit.”

The need to analyze growing amounts of data, to support complex simulations, to overcome performance bottlenecks and to create intelligent data algorithms requires the ability to manage and carry out computational operations on the data as it is being transferred by the data center interconnect. Mellanox InfiniBand solutions incorporate the In-Network Computing technology that performs data algorithms within the network, delivering performance and scalability advantages, and enabling the era of “data-centric” data centers.

“Summit HPC and AI-optimized infrastructure enables us to analyze massive amounts of data to better understand world phenomena, to enable new discoveries and to create advanced AI software,” said Buddy Bland, Program Director at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Faculty. “InfiniBand In-Network Computing technology is a critical new technology that helps Summit achieve our scientific and research goals. We are excited to see the fruits of our collaboration with Mellanox over the last several years through the development of the In-Network Computing technology, and look forward to take advantage of it for achieving highest performance and efficiency for our applications.”

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy's Office of Science, the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. DOE’s Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information on Summit, please check

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About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX) is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet smart 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:

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