Interconnect is one of the key
enabling technologies in HPC clustering and other datacenter scale-out
solutions. HP provides a broad choice of interconnect products based on the
latest technology to meet customers’ requirements in deploying their HPC
clusters and other datacenter scale-out solutions.
InfiniBand provides ultra high bandwidth and low latency, and is ideal for
cluster computing, low latency messaging systems, scalable clustered database
and data warehouse applications
HP supports 40Gbps (4X QDR) InfiniBand products that include Host Channel
Adapters (HCA), switches, software, and cables for HP ProLiant servers, HP
Integrity servers, and the HP BladeSystem c-Class. InfiniBand interconnect is
part of the HP Unified Cluster Portfolio and can be selected as an option for
the HP Cluster Platform, HP Cluster Platform Express, and HP Cluster Platform
HP supports InfiniBand products from Voltaire, Mellanox, and QLogic.
HP part numbers can be found in the Quickspecs.
Voltaire’s family of InfiniBand and 10GbE fabric switches, advanced management and application acceleration software improves the performance of business-critical applications, increases efficiency and reduces costs. Voltaire’s Grid Director™ InfiniBand switches support advanced routing engine and management features. Users can also enhance the performance of the switches with Voltaire’s expansive suite of management and acceleration software, including Unified Fabric Manager™ (UFM™) software, which automatically discovers, virtualizes, monitors and optimizes the fabric infrastructure and accelerates the active applications. Voltaire switch products available through HP include Grid Director™ 4036, Grid Director™ 4700 QDR switches, and 24-port, 96-port, and 288-port DDR switches.
Mellanox’s family of host channel adapters (HCAs), switch and switch blades deliver the performance, scalability and port density with a complete fabric management solution. Mellanox InfiniBand products allow IT managers to build cost-effective and scalable fabrics ranging from small clusters up to thousands of nodes. The switch family enables efficient computing with features such as static routing, adaptive routing, and advanced congestion management. FabricIT provides a reliable and scalable management solution for InfiniBand networks, and includes a comprehensive package for cluster bring-up, fabric wide bandwidth & latency verification, and various diagnostic tools. Mellanox InfiniBand products available through HP includes host channel adapters, switch blades, and a 324-port QDR switch.
QLogic’s family of InfiniBand products includes director and edge fabric switches, host channel adapters (HCAs), and a complete software suite to install, operate, and maintain your high-performance interconnect fabric. Fabrics up to 864 InfiniBand ports can be supported in a single chassis. Multi-chassis fabrics that support thousands of nodes can be constructed to meet the most demanding compute cluster requirements. QLogic Fabric Management tools enable customers to install and boot a fabric in minutes, help to satisfy the growing demand for high-performance computing clusters and grids. QLogic InfiniBand products available through HP include host channel adapters, director and edge fabric switches, as well as switch blade for the HP BladeSystem c-Class.
With the growing trend of scale-out computing, virtualization and cloud computing, the data center network is currently undergoing a change from a hierarchy of silo network switches to a large flat layer 2 (VLL2) fabric. Voltaire Vantage™ 8500 is the latest addition to the HP Unified Cluster Portfolio that provides customers the flexibility and choice to build a large scale 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric that is optimized for performance, efficiency and scalability they need to get the utmost value out of their scale-out and virtualized environments. Voltaire Vantage™ 8500 is high port count layer 2 switch with up to 288 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports in a single switch chassis. It is based on CEE standards and supports a converged, high-density, low latency, low power, lossless and virtualized data center fabric. Multiple switches can be clustered to form large, linearly scaling Layer 2 fabrics. The solution also encompasses fabric management software that controls all the physical and virtual switches and I/O devices in the fabric for central fabric monitoring and management. HP supports Voltaire Vantage™ 8500 switch through its resell agreement with Voltaire.