Volex plc (LSE: VLX.L), the global provider of electrical, digital and optical cabling and interconnect solutions, has provided quad small form factor pluggable (QSFP) cable assemblies to support the live demonstration organised by Orange Silicon Valley, the InfiniBand Trade Association and OpenFabrics Alliance at the SuperComputing 2011 conference in Seattle last month.
The world’s first demonstration of a Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA)-enabled data transfer at 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) over wide area network links spanning approximately 7,000 miles included Volex high speed cable assemblies.
“RDMA communication relies on high-quality, high-speed pathways,” said Linda Starr, Senior VP at Volex. “Volex’s 56G QSFP+ cables, as used in this demonstration, meet these requirements.
“As high-speed bulk data transfer wide area network traffic is predicted to increase considerably in future, we are developing solutions for emerging standards like the InfiniBand EDR 104G (4x 26G) QSFP+ standard.”
The 56G QSFP+ cable assemblies from Volex used in the demonstration perfom to the 14G per lane FDR InfiniBand standard. Their high performance and low bit error rate qualify these cable assemblies to support the latest generation of servers in demanding environments. Their special design severely limits any cross talk interference.
Volex experts at the booth also introduced the standard compliant solution for the CXP to CXP 12x10G=120G QDR and other configurations including one CXP to three QSFP+ fan-out hydra cables.
“The SC11 demo in the IBTA and OFA booth illustrated that InfiniBand can be used to efficiently move large data between data centers around the globe,” said Brian Sparks, co-chair of the IBTA Marketing Working Group. “The collaboration between IBTA and OFA members along with the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network has enabled us to show a ‘world’s first’ in terms of data transfer rates over a long distance and provides insight into the types of InfiniBand-enabled solutions you’ll see moving forward.”
About Volex – www.volex.com
Volex (LSE: VLX.L) designs and manufactures performance-driven interconnect solutions and power cords for customers in four market sectors: telecoms/datacoms, healthcare, consumer products, and industrial. Volex’s core interconnect solutions encompass key technologies such as fibre-optic, high-speed copper, radio-frequency (RF), low frequency (industry standard I/O), and complex cable harnesses. Volex has design and manufacturing facilities located across the globe, enabling flexibility in meeting customers’ delivery timetables and price targets.
About the InfiniBand® Trade Association
The InfiniBand® Trade Association was founded in 1999 and is chartered with maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand specification. The IBTA is led by a distinguished steering committee that includes HP, IBM, Intel, Mellanox Technologies, Oracle, QLogic Corporation and System Fabric Works. Other members of the IBTA represent leading enterprise IT vendors who are actively contributing to the advancement of the InfiniBand specification. The IBTA markets and promotes InfiniBand from an industry perspective through online, marketing and public relations engagements, and unites the industry through IBTA-sponsored technical events and resources. For more information on the IBTA, visit www.infinibandta.org.
About the OpenFabrics Alliance
The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is a 501c) (6) non-profit association that develops, tests, licenses and distributes the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) – multi-platform, open-source software for
high-performance, low-latency and energy-efficient computing. OFED is used in business, research and scientific environments that require fast and efficient networks, storage connectivity and parallel computing. OFED is free and is included in major Linux distributions, as well as Microsoft Windows. In addition to distributing OFED, the OFA conducts training, workshops and interoperability testing to ensure all releases meet multivendor enterprise requirements for security, usability and reliability. For more information about the OFA, visit ww.openfabrics.org.