November 12, 2015

Mellanox Introduces the Switch-IB 2, World's First 100Gb/s Smart Switch

EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand switch offloads MPI communications to deliver 10X performance improvement

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced Switch-IB 2, the new generation of its InfiniBand switch optimized for High-Performance Computing, Web 2.0, database and cloud data centers, capable of 100Gb/s per port speeds. Switch-IB 2 is the world's first smart network switch that offloads MPI operations from the CPU to the network to deliver 10X performance improvements. Switch-IB 2 will enables a performance breakthrough in building the next generation scalable and data intensive data centers, enabling users to gain a competitive advantage.

With the exponential growth of data being generated around the world and the increase of applications that can take advantage of real-time massive data processing for high performance, data analytics, business intelligence, national security and ‘Internet of Things' applications, the market demands not just the fastest interconnect available, but also smartest, efficient solution to free the CPU to focus on the application rather than the network.

Switch-IB 2 enables application managers to use the power of data. It integrates 144 SerDes which can operate at 1Gb/s to 25Gb/s speeds per lane and delivers 7.02 billion messages-per-second, 90ns switch latency and low power consumption, making Switch-IB 2 the best solution for high-performance computing, cloud, Web 2.0, database and storage centers.

Collective operations, commonly used in HPC communication protocols such as MPI and SHMEM, have implications on overall application performance and scale. Switch-IB 2 enables the switch to manage collective communications using embedded hardware. Switch-IB 2 decreases the amount of data traversing the network, reduce application latency with additional benefit of freeing up CPU resources for computation rather than using them to process communication.

"The needs of applications across high performance computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, and hyperscale markets are relentless. The EDR 100Gb/s speed and smart-switch technology in Switch-IB 2 target the trends we see across the industry to improve system efficiency and scale," said Addison Snell, CEO, Intersect360 Research. "With its co-design architecture approach, Mellanox is taking the necessary steps in pursuit of the scalability and performance required at the forefront of discovery and innovation, for both research and business."

"Mellanox smart interconnect solutions will continue to bring not just the widest and fastest interconnect but also more hardware offloads to free the CPU to focus on the application," said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. "Mellanox's smart interconnect technology is a full generation ahead of the competition in terms of performance and return-on-investment advantages it brings to IT and applications managers."

"The high performance computing and web-scale enterprise environment are consistently pushing the boundaries of technology with demands for smart, fast and efficient switching solutions to further increase their application performance," said Molly Rector, chief marketing officer and executive vice president, Product Management at DDN. "In a variety of data intensive markets, the combination of Mellanox's Switch-IB 2 and the DDN SFA14K will enable applications to take advantage of real-time massive data processing for high performance, data analytics, business intelligence, and national security."

"The demands of today's high-performance computing, cloud and web applications threaten to outstrip the capabilities of the networks they run on," said Glenn Keels, executive director, Dell Engineered Solutions & Cloud. "Dell's mission is to provide solutions that solve the challenges of tomorrow, not just today. We work with Mellanox on innovative, forward-thinking products, such as Switch-IB 2, to ensure that our solutions enable our customers to meet their goals of unleashing new discoveries and accelerating innovation, whether that be real-time data analytics, business intelligence, or scientific research."

"Enterprises large and small are struggling to keep pace with rapidly increasing demands for high-performance computing resources," said Scott Misage, vice president and general manager, High Performance Computing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "HPE Apollo servers with the Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions can provide customers with the scalable, highly efficient and performance-based HPC systems needed to solve the world's most difficult scientific, engineering and data analysis problems."

"The demand for real-time data today requires a new kind of solution - one that is smarter, faster and more efficient," said Redfox Qiu, general manager of Huawei Server Product Domain. "Mellanox's Switch-IB 2 ensures that the Huawei E9000 is able to truly leverage real-time data processing and deliver improved performance, data analytics and business intelligence to our customers."

"As the technology and data landscape continues to shift, IBM, Mellanox and fellow OpenPOWER members recognize the importance of speeding business insight in high performance computing and high performing data analytics," said Sumit Gupta, vice president and business line executive of HPC and OpenPOWER operations, IBM. "IBM incorporates Mellanox's accelerated networking technologies into its Power Systems to help provide clients with additional speed and scalability imperative to the cognitive era of computing."

"Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand will make an immediate impact for our customers and for our business with the 100Gb/s interconnect performance," said Mr. Jun Liu, general manager of HPC at Inspur. "Integrating Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions into our next generation products will allow us to have the flexibility and scalability we didn't have before to make our customer's infrastructure run as efficient and productive as possible."

"As more clients harvest benefit from high performance computing, data analytics and business intelligence the demands for lightning fast, intelligent and efficient switching solutions increase," said Scott Tease, executive director, worldwide Hyperscale and HPC Enterprise Business at Lenovo. "Lenovo server and storage solutions interconnected with the new Mellanox Switch-IB 2 will drive better application performance and allow real-time processing of data delivering immediate results for our client."

"Today's data center must handle application workloads of unparalleled magnitudes. In order to meet these exponential demands, they require architectures that are compatible, extremely reliable and feature the highest level of ultra-efficient scalability," said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, storage systems group, Seagate. "Pairing Mellanox's Switch-IB 2 with the Seagate ClusterStor will guarantee our customers will have the most competitive processing power today in order to lead in the real-time massive data processing of high-performance data analytics. This will power real and substantial benefits in areas such as business intelligence and national security."

"SGI is committed to delivering outstanding application performance across a wide range of vertical markets to solve the biggest problems facing the world today. Pairing SGI® ICE™ XA with Mellanox's Switch-IB 2 furthers this vision by dramatically increasing performance and allowing today's powerful supercomputers to process massive amounts of data in real time," said Gabriel Broner, vice president and general manager of high performance computing, SGI. "Together, SGI and Mellanox will provide better insights to our mutual customers more quickly, so they can address the most challenging computational issues of our time."

"A huge need for today's HPC compute-intensive applications is being able to scale with the highest performance and efficiency," said Zhennan Cao, general manager of HPC Business Unit at Sugon. "Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions provide our customers the power to scale at the speed of 100Gb/s and reduce their application runtime with our Sugon 6000 and Silicon Cube Series High Performance Computing solutions."

"Supermicro's high-performance computing solutions are optimized to deliver maximum end-to-end performance and with Mellanox latest Switch-IB 2 we offer new options for advanced EDR 100Gb/s networking across our extensive range of server and storage platforms," said Tau Leng, vice president and general manager of HPC at Supermicro. "Our close collaboration with Mellanox on integration of their Switch-IB 2 with SHArP technology provides customers a first-to-market advantage with the latest advances in smart, efficient networking to meet the exploding demand for real-time massive data processing."

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet 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, cables 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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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements related to the performance of Switch-IB 2 in building next generation data centers to enable users to gain competitive advantage, the market demands in light of exponential data growth, the needs of applications, industry trends to improve system efficiency and scale, Mellanox's smart interconnect solutions and the combination of such solutions with other products, the performance impact of Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand, the capabilities of Lenovo server and storage solutions interconnected with Mellanox's Switch-IB 2 and the benefits of pairing Mellanox's Switch-IB 2 with the Seagate ClusterStor. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "projects," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions and variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. More information about the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may impact our business is set forth in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 2, 2015 and in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on October 30, 2015. Other risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected may be described from time to time in reports we file with the SEC, including reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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