Mellanox certainly know how to throw a party.
We joined them at the Sky Garden, a private venue
atop one of London's most iconic skyscrapers. With a hint of "Bond villain's lair"
about it, this luxurious location made a perfect backdrop to announce some special
During the launch, StackHPC's CEO John Taylor discussed the scale
of the data challenges of the Square Kilometre Array
with Mellanox CEO Eyal Waldman.
Spectrum-2 supports ground-breaking Ethernet link speeds: 200Gbits/s
and 400Gbits/s were announed. 400Gbits/s is pushing the envelope
to the point where it doesn't even have a physical cabling standard
Customers with the most demanding network-intensive workloads may
hope to soon have access to the Mellanx ConnectX-6 200Gbits/s NIC.
The next generation NIC also promises enhanced support for Open vSwitch offloads.
There isn't a NIC announced for 400Gbits/s yet...
The Future of SDN
Aside from raw speed, there were also some really interesting features
for SDN. The Spectrum-2 ASIC includes support for the emerging P4
language, embodying the next generation of SDN,
and we will be watching for details of that as they become public.
Open Ethernet supported
Mellanox CEO Eyal Waldman also affirmed Spectrum-2 support for
Open Ethernet, enabling
customers to choose an alternative network OS (Mellanox OS and Cumulus
Linux) - although neither choice would be considered open source.