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Mellanox hones performance for AMD-based data centers

08 Aug 2019
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Mellanox has developed what it is calling ‘breakthrough performance’ for AMD processor-based compute and storage infrastructures.

Mellanox unveiled its Ethernet and InfiniBand ConnectX smart adapter solutions have been optimised to provide performance and scalability for the new AMD EPYC 7002 Series.

Customers that use Mellanox and AMD technologies are able to maximize their data center return on investment through the second-generation AMD EPYC processors’ support of PCI

Express 4.0, innovative architecture, which allows for four times peak FLOPS per-socket performance over the AMD EPYC 7001 series processor.

“The combination of Mellanox 25, 50, 100 and 200 Gigabit Ethernet and HDR 200 Gigabit InfiniBand adapters, and PCI Express 4.0 support in the second generation AMD EPYC processor, provides high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, cloud and enterprise data centers the high data bandwidth they need for the most compute and storage demanding applications,” comments Mellanox Technologies chief technology officer Michael Kagan. 

“By leveraging our smart acceleration engines for In-Network Computing, virtualization, storage and security, our partners and customers can maximize the performance capabilities of the new second generation EPYC processors-based platforms.”

With PCI Express 4.0 connectivity, the AMD EPYC 7002 processor platform is also ideal for advanced server-based storage solutions. The large number of PCI Express 4.0 lanes enables direct connectivity to 24 NVMe storage drives plus Mellanox ConnectX 100 and 200 gigabit per second adapters and achieve full I/O throughout.

“Driven by AMD’s history of data center innovation, including 7nm process technology, the first x86 supplier to support PCIe 4.0, and embedded security features, the second generation AMD EPYC Processors set a new standard for the modern data center,” says AMD Datacenter Solutions Group corporate vice president and general manager Scott Aylor.

“We’re excited and thankful to have our partners, like Mellanox, supporting the launch of the second-generation AMD EPYC processor. Working together we can enable our customers to transform their data center operations and deliver the breakthrough performance they need.”

Mellanox Technologies’ investment arm Mellanox Capital also recently announced investments in NVMe Flash and storage processors companies, CNEX Labs and Pliops.

CNEX Labs delivers high performance storage semiconductors. It has developed the breakthrough Denali/Open-Channel NVMe Flash storage controllers to deliver performance, flexibility, and efficiency. 

Pliops is transforming data center infrastructure with a new class of storage processors that deliver massive scalability and lower the cost of data services. Together the companies take software defined and intelligent storage to the next level of performance, efficiency, and scalability.