Oracle, Mellanox team up on rapid cloud networking technology

The companies hope to improve industry standards for high-speed cloud networking.

Oracle and Mellanox have announced a new partnership to push forward the speeds of future cloud-based networking technology.

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On Monday, the firms said Infiniband, an architecture designed to boost data flow between computer components, is the focus of the collaboration.

Infiniband (.PDF), supported by most major OEM vendors, is an architecture which expands how traditional bus systems operate.

By using a serial (bit-at-a-time) bus instead of traditional parallel busses, Infiniband attempts to prevent bottlenecks by supporting multiple data channels at a time.

In turn, products which use this standard increase bandwidth potential and "ultra-low latency for fast, agile, and secure cloud infrastructure," according to the companies. Oracle says that the standard, able to deploy up a "fabric" backbone with transfer speeds of up to 100Gb/s, will not only prove valuable in the research and development of super computers as well as business applications.

Raju Penumatcha, senior vice president of Netra and Networking at Oracle commented:

"Customers using InfiniBand as the interconnect for clouds and high performance computing can be certain that as new speeds and features are incorporated into the InfiniBand architecture that they will be able to continue to work with the supplier of their choice and that new products will seamlessly integrate with their existing InfiniBand infrastructures."

Oracle and Mellanox's Infiniband solutions are on display at the International Supercomputing Conference this week.

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