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QLogic Unveils End-to-End HPC Networking


QLogic Corp. has unveiled its new portfolio of InfiniPath Host Channel Adapters (HCAs) and SilverStorm switches. QLogic showcased the products and pervasive interoperability with popular applications, along with Message Passing Interface (MPI) Stacks and InfiniBand Storage at the Supercomputing 2006 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, that took place November 11-17 in Tampa, Florida.

"The recent acquisition of SilverStorm allows QLogic to provide end-to-end products and expertise needed by the largest HPC networks," said Scott Metcalf, vice president and general manager of the Systems Interconnect Group, QLogic. "At SC06, InfiniPath adapters, SilverStorm switches, and management software will all be showcased alongside the products of our partners to demonstrate the pervasive interoperability we've already achieved."

The QLogic product showcase includes:

  • The QLogic Network Platform -- For datacenter administrators interested in deploying common infrastructure, the QLogic Network Platform includes a family of interoperable host adapters, switches, intelligent routers and management software for InfiniBand, Ethernet, iSCSI and Fibre Channel Networks.
  • InfiniPath HCAs -- A line of InfiniBand HCAs delivering 10x messaging rates. InfiniPath HCAs are available for servers with Hyper Transport and PCI-Express slots.
  • SilverStorm Switches -- A line of InfiniBand single and double data rate-switching fabrics, including modular directors and virtual I/O gateways to 10 GbE and Fibre Channel.

The QLogic interoperability showcase includes:

  • OpenMPI -- QLogic is demonstrating support for high-performance MPI stacks including new releases of OpenMPI, HP-MPI, Scali MPI, the Intel MPI Library, and QLogic MPICH software on view at its booth.
  • InfiniBand Storage -- LSI Logic Corporation provides its Engenio storage device, by which QLogic can demonstrate direct connectivity to storage devices by means of InfiniBand-based SRP protocols using the industry standard OpenFabrics OFED1.1 software release.
  • OpenFabrics -- The Fluent demo (running at the Intel exhibit and using the Intel MPI stack) shows how QLogic enables customers of open fabric vendors to interoperate without needing vendor-specific software.
  • Optical and Copper QSFP Cabling -- Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable (QSFP) technology increases port density and lowers cost -- letting people use many different technologies to connect their InfiniBand systems with a pluggable form factor. QLogic will work with Zarlink Corporation to demonstrate an optical QFFP cable; and with Molex Corporation, to demonstrate copper cabling.
  • InfiniBand Routers -- Obsidian Research and QLogic will demonstrate an InfiniBand router -- a highly desirable way to manage and move data among subnets in a network. Common in Ethernet technology, routers are only now emerging in InfiniBand networks.

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