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Jun 19, 2018

InfiniBand to Connect World’s Top Arm-Based Supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratory

To be Deployed in the Second Half of 2018, the Astra Supercomputer Will Leverage InfiniBand In-Network Computing Technology for Highest Performance and Scalability

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 19, 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 InfiniBand will accelerate the world’s top Arm-based supercomputer to be deployed in Sandia National Laboratory in the second half of 2018. The Astra supercomputer will include nearly 2600 nodes, and will leverage InfiniBand In-Network Computing acceleration engines to provide leading applications performance and scalability. Astra is the first system in a series of the Vanguard program of advanced architecture platforms, supporting the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) missions.

“InfiniBand smart In-Network Computing acceleration engines will enable the highest performance and productivity for Astra, the first large scale Arm-based supercomputer,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “InfiniBand is the world-leading interconnect technology that supports the full range of compute and storage infrastructures, including X86, Power, Arm, GPUs, FPGAs and more. We are happy to support the Department of Energy’s efforts to explore new supercomputing platforms for their future needs.”

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 devices, delivering ten times higher performance and enabling the era of “data-centric” data centers.

“Astra will enable researchers at Sandia, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories to develop the software environments for future leadership-class platforms, as well as for Astra itself,” said James Laros, Vanguard program lead at Sandia National Laboratory. “The success of Astra will depend on a deep collaboration between Sandia, Westwind, HP Enterprise, Arm, Cavium and Mellanox. We look forward to be able to use the technological capabilities of Astra to maximize the performance and efficiency of our mission codes.”

Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia Labs has major research and development responsibilities in nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies and economic competitiveness, with main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California.

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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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