The ConnectX-4 Network Interface Cards (NICs) has cutting edge technologies including:
Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) technology is designed to solve the delay of server-side data processing in network transmission. RDMA enables network adapters to access the application buffer directly, bypassing the kernel, the CPU, and the protocol stack, so the CPU can perform more useful tasks during the I/O transport. This improves server performance, thus enabling application workloads to be highly scalable with high bandwidth networks.
RDMA (RoCE), based on converged Ethernet, can be implemented on an existing open Ethernet network. With RoCE, there is no need to convert data centers legacy infrastructures, which allows companies to save on capital spending.
RoCE enables introducing RDMA technology seamlessly into an Ethernet data center, which benefits applications by making them more efficient, without requiring massive changes to the current network infrastructure.
DPDK provides a simple and complete framework for fast packet processing in data plane applications. The tool set allows developers to rapidly build new prototypes.
The Mellanox open source DPDK software enables industry standard servers and provides the best performance to support large-scale, efficient production deployments of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) solutions such as gateways, load balancers, and enhanced security solutions that help prevent denial of service attacks in the data centre.
"This deployment demonstrates our commitment to the China market underscored by the collaboration with Alibaba", stated Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development, Mellanox Technologies. "Spurred on by Mellanox's continued strategic investment in the region, China overall is migrating to 25/100G."