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Primeur weekly 2018-03-26

Quantum computing

Physicists reveal material for high-speed quantum internet ...

Focus on Europe

TUM junior scientist wins prestigious award for Computational Studies of Surface Catalytic Processes ...

Cosmologists create largest simulation of galaxy formation and break their own record ...

GigaSpaces triples annual revenue in France, building on strong global 2017 results ...

Atos and GENCI launch the Atos Joseph Fourier Award 2018 to accelerate research and innovation in numerical simulation, artificial intelligence and quantum computing ...

Middleware

Cavium Collaborates with Microsoft to demonstrate ThunderX2 platform compliant with Microsoft's Project Olympus specifications ...

Hardware

Pioneers of computer architecture receive ACM Turing Award ...

Mellanox's advanced Ethernet solutions selected to connect the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange network infrastructure ...

GIGABYTE announces ThunderXStation: Industry's first Armv8 workstation based on Cavium's ThunderX2 processor ...

Cavium announces Packet Trakker: A programmable network telemetry suite ...

Applications

Los Alamos releases file index product to software community ...

NERSC supercomputers help researchers create reference catalogue for rumen microbiome ...

Major AI breakthrough by Optalysys demonstrating how its patented Optical Processing Technology performs deep learning at the speed of light ...

NVIDIA RTX technology realizes dream of real-time cinematic rendering ...

Batteries out of thin air ...

New method manages and stores data from millions of nerve cells - in real time ...

Groundbreaking research results in artificial intelligence ...

Taming chaos: Calculating probability in complex systems ...

Physicists made crystal lattice from polaritons ...

Golden touch: Next-gen optical disk to solve data storage challenge ...

COSMIC impact: Next-gen X-ray microscopy platform now operational ...

The Cloud

Mellanox simplifies hybrid Cloud connectivity between enterprises and Microsoft Azure ...

Cavium Technologies power end-to-end NVMe over Fabrics solutions ...

Cavium Technologies power end-to-end NVMe over Fabrics solutions


19 Mar 2018 San Jose - Cavium Inc., a provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise and Cloud data centres, is collaborating with Microsemi Corporation and Marvell, providers of semiconductor solutions, to demonstrate a reference architecture for accelerating and scaling out NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF). The architecture has been demonstrated live on ARM64 and x86 architectures at the OCP Summit 2018 in San Jose, California.

Integrating a broad range of proven Cavium technologies - ThunderX2 processors, FastLinQ 100GbE NICs, XPliant Programmable Switches - with Microsemi's Switchtec PCIe switches and Flashtec NVRAM cards and Marvell's NVMe SSD controllers enables multiple differentiated and validated end-to-end NVMe solutions, including NVMe-based all-flash arrays (AFAs), just a bunch of flash (JBOF) and fabric-attached bunch of flash (FBOF).

In addition to a robust hardware solution, the collaboration enables software integrations of Microsemi's open source PCIe peer-to-peer (P2P) technology and Cavium FastLinQ concurrent RoCE and iWARP for Storage Performance Dataplane Kit (SPDK). This solution enables new efficiencies and performance by offloading the compute resources from the data path leveraging NVMe 1.2 Controller Memory Buffer (CMB) technology.

At the OCP Summit 2018, Cavium, Microsemi and Marvell demonstrated concurrent 100Gbps NVMe-oF RoCE and iWARP connectivity from FastLinQ 100GbE OCP NICs on x86 servers to a Celestica Nebula JBOF - with Marvell NVMe SSD controllers - and Facebook Lightning JBOF driven by Cavium's ThunderX2 and XPliant platforms. The demonstration showcased how storage IHVs can leverage PCIe P2P and SPDK technology to completely offload the server CPU from the datapath and reduce latency.

"NVMe technology is rapidly changing the way Cloud and enterprise data centres connect to shared storage, but building NVMe-oF solutions require industrywide technology integrations", stated Christopher Moezzi, vice president of marketing, Ethernet Server Adapter Group, Cavium. "Cavium FastLinQ Universal RDMA technology combined with the broader Cavium and Microsemi portfolio delivers a high performance and validated reference platform for JBOF/FBOF implementations, reducing risk and time to market for joint storage customers."

"We are excited to collaborate with Cavium as part of Microsemi’s Accelerate Ecosystem. Microsemi's leadership in NVMe connectivity and peer-to-peer technology reduces time to market and time to revenue for our joint customers in creating NVMe-oF solutions", stated Andrew Dieckmann vice president of marketing for Microsemi. "The scale-out capabilities of Microsemi's Switchtec PCIe switches and P2P data plane offload combined with Cavium's unique concurrent RoCE and iWARP NICs provides compelling flexibility, scale and performance for enterprise data centre and Cloud applications."

"Marvell's NVMe Cloud and enterprise SSD controller data centre customers are seeking to significantly scale and disaggregate their storage solutions without compromising latency, performance or reliability", stated Nigel Alvares, vice president of SSD and Data Center Storage Solutions at Marvell. "Cavium's unique Universal RDMA capabilities built into the FastLinQ 41000 Series Ethernet NICs, combined with its integration across the broad Cavium portfolio, are well-positioned to meet the requirements of next-generation data centres while offering best-in-class total cost of ownership."

Driven by the performance demands of NVMe, high performance, low latency networking is a fundamental requirement for a fabric to scale out. Ethernet-based RDMA fabrics with their exceptional low latency and offload capabilities have become a popular choice for NVMe-oF. Cavium FastLinQ 10/25/40/50/100GbE Ethernet adapters support Universal RDMA (RoCE, RoCEv2 and iWARP) and deliver the ultimate choice to customers for scaling out NVMe over a general-purpose Ethernet fabric. In addition, Cavium LiquidIO line of SmartNIC solutions are key enablers for delivering JBOF/FBOF management and AFA storage services like full IPSEC offloads, compression and deduplication.

The ThunderX2 product family is Cavium's second-generation, 64-bit ARMv8-A server processor SoCs for the data centre, Cloud, storage and high-performance computing applications. The family integrates high-performance custom cores along with outstanding I/O connectivity, memory bandwidth and capacity. Delivering high single core performance and multiple PCIe lanes per socket, Cavium ThunderX2 SoCs enable highly optimized JBOF/FBOF configurations.

The XPliant family of Ethernet switches improves compute and storage application performance in Cloud, enterprise, and service provider data centers by offering a variety of industry leading features. The XPliant Programmable Architecture enables switching solutions that can be optimized for specific network architectures, including storage networks. Integrated end-to-end network performance management via the Packet Trakker instrumentation tool suite and large fully shared packet buffer guarantee robust lossless performance required for scaling out NVMe-oF.

Cavium ThunderX2 ARM64 processors, FastLinQ 100GbE OCP 2.0 NICs with Universal RDMA and XPliant 3.2T Programmable Ethernet Switches are generally available from Cavium and its collaborators worldwide.
Source: Cavium

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-03-26

Quantum computing

Physicists reveal material for high-speed quantum internet ...

Focus on Europe

TUM junior scientist wins prestigious award for Computational Studies of Surface Catalytic Processes ...

Cosmologists create largest simulation of galaxy formation and break their own record ...

GigaSpaces triples annual revenue in France, building on strong global 2017 results ...

Atos and GENCI launch the Atos Joseph Fourier Award 2018 to accelerate research and innovation in numerical simulation, artificial intelligence and quantum computing ...

Middleware

Cavium Collaborates with Microsoft to demonstrate ThunderX2 platform compliant with Microsoft's Project Olympus specifications ...

Hardware

Pioneers of computer architecture receive ACM Turing Award ...

Mellanox's advanced Ethernet solutions selected to connect the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange network infrastructure ...

GIGABYTE announces ThunderXStation: Industry's first Armv8 workstation based on Cavium's ThunderX2 processor ...

Cavium announces Packet Trakker: A programmable network telemetry suite ...

Applications

Los Alamos releases file index product to software community ...

NERSC supercomputers help researchers create reference catalogue for rumen microbiome ...

Major AI breakthrough by Optalysys demonstrating how its patented Optical Processing Technology performs deep learning at the speed of light ...

NVIDIA RTX technology realizes dream of real-time cinematic rendering ...

Batteries out of thin air ...

New method manages and stores data from millions of nerve cells - in real time ...

Groundbreaking research results in artificial intelligence ...

Taming chaos: Calculating probability in complex systems ...

Physicists made crystal lattice from polaritons ...

Golden touch: Next-gen optical disk to solve data storage challenge ...

COSMIC impact: Next-gen X-ray microscopy platform now operational ...

The Cloud

Mellanox simplifies hybrid Cloud connectivity between enterprises and Microsoft Azure ...

Cavium Technologies power end-to-end NVMe over Fabrics solutions ...