Monday, June 28, 2010

Tokyo Institute of Technology Deploying Voltaire InfiniBand Switches

InfiniBand continues to hold firm in its supercomputing and financial trading niches, with Tokyo Institute of Technology rolling out Voltaire's (VOLT) 40 Gigabit switches in its 1,400 node TSUBAME 2.0 supercomputer. The deployment includes over 4,000 edge switches and 18 director switches.

With prices as low as $400 per 40G port, these short-reach InfiniBand platforms continue to serve a niche in low latency apps where many predicted Ethernet would take over. While 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet was ratified last week, the traditional data center market is still a few years away from mass 40 or 100 gigabit deployments with either protocol.

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