InfiniCon, Voltaire Roll Out New Switches
The two InfiniBand vendors designed the switches to give high-performance computing and cluster users more options and greater bandwidth.Two InfiniBand vendors are rolling out new interconnect switches designed to give high-performance computing and cluster users more options and greater bandwidth. At the Supercomputing 2003 show in Phoenix, InfiniCon Systems Inc. is unveiling the InfinIO 9000 switching series, including the first product in the line, the InfinIO 9024. The 1U (1.75-inch) 9024 provides up to 24 10Gb/sec InfiniBand ports, up to eight 30Gb/sec ports, or a combination of both. The switch, which will be generally available from the King of Prussia, Pa., company in January, will offer up to 480Gb/sec on bandwidth. According to CEO Chuck Foley, the 9024 will be joined in the second half of 2004 by larger models that will pack more than 100 10Gb/sec ports in a single switch.
Key to the switches is embedded management software that enables users to drop them into a data center and have them automatically discover servers and detect errors, Foley said. Via the software, the InfiniBand environment can scale to hundreds or thousands of servers and can be easily managed, he said.