Mellanox ConnectX-5 100GB Infiniband VPI Card (Single or Dual Port MCX555A/56A-ECAT)

£634.92£744.45 Ex. VAT

Intelligent RDMA-enabled, dual-port network adapter with advanced application offload capabilities for Web 2.0, Cloud, Storage, and Telecommunications platforms.

  • Free delivery
  • Sub-600ns latency
  • High message rate
  • Embedded PCIe switch
  • Advanced storage capabilities including NVMe over fabric offloads
  • Intelligent network adapter supporting flexible pipeline programmability

 

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ConnectX-5

ConnectX-5 EN supports 100Gb Ethernet connectivity, while delivering extremely high message rates and PCIe switch and NVMe over Fabric offloads. ConnectX-5 providing the highest performance and most flexible solution for the most demanding applications and markets: Machine Learning, Data Analytics, and more.

ConnectX-5 EN utilizes RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) technology, delivering low-latency and high performance. ConnectX-5 enhances RDMA network capabilities by completing the Switch AdaptiveRouting capabilities and supporting data delivered out-of-order, while maintaining ordered completion semantics, providing multipath reliability and efficient support for all network topologies including DragonFly and DragonFly.

ConnectX-5 also supports Burst Buffer offload for background checkpointing without interfering in the main CPU operations and the innovative transport service Dynamic Connected Transport (DCT) to ensure extreme scalability for compute and storage systems.

For Cloud and Web 2.0 Environments

ConnectX-5 adapter cards enable data center administrators to benefit from better server utilization and reduced costs, power usage and cable complexity, allowing for more virtual appliances, virtual machines (VMs) and tenants to co-exist on the same hardware.

Supported vSwitch/vRouter offload functions include: Overlay Networks (e.g., VXLAN, NVGRE, MPLS, GENEVE, and NSH) header encapsulation & decapsulation, Stateless offloads of inner packets and packet headers’ re-write, enabling NAT functionality and more, Flexible and programmable parser and match-action tables, SR-IOV technology, providing dedicated adapter resources, guaranteed isolation and protection for virtual machines (VMs) within the server & Network Function Virtualization (NFV), enabling a VM to be used as a virtual appliance.

For Storage Environments

NVMe storage devices are gaining popularity by offering very fast storage access. The evolving NVMe over Fabric (NVMe-oF) protocol leverages the RDMA connectivity for remote access. ConnectX-5 offers further enhancements by providing NVMe-oF target offloads, enabling very efficient NVMe storage access with no CPU intervention and thus improving performance and reducing latency.

The embedded PCIe switch enables customers to build standalone storage or Machine Learning appliances. As with earlier generations of ConnectX adapters, standard block and file access protocols leverage RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) for high-performance storage access. A consolidated compute and storage network achieves significant cost-performance advantages over multi-fabric networks.

ConnectX-5 enables an innovative storage rack design, Host Chaining, which enables different servers to interconnect without involving the Top of Rack (ToR) switch. Leveraging Host Chaining, ConnectX-5 lowers the data center’s total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing CAPEX (cables, NICs, and switch port expenses). OPEX is also reduced by cutting down on switch port management and overall power usage.

For HPC Environments

ConnectX-5 delivers high bandwidth, low latency and high computation efficiency for high performance, data intensive and scalable compute and storage platforms. ConnectX-5 offers enhancements to HPC infrastructures by providing MPI and SHMEM/PGAS and Rendezvous Tag Matching offload, hardware support for out-of-order RDMA Write and Read operations, as well as additional Network Atomic and PCIe Atomic operations support.

ConnectX-5 VPI utilizes both IBTA RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) technologies, delivering low-latency and high performance. ConnectX-5 enhances RDMA network capabilities by completing the Switch Adaptive-Routing capabilities and supporting data delivered out-of-order, while maintaining ordered completion semantics, providing multipath reliability and efficient support for all network topologies including DragonFly and DragonFly+.

ConnectX-5 also supports Burst Buffer offload for background checkpointing without interfering in the main CPU operations and the innovative transport service Dynamic Connected Transport (DCT) to ensure extreme scalability for compute and storage systems.

Weight 1.1 kg
Brand

Mellanox

Technology

ConnectX 5, InfiniBand

Form Factor

PCIe Standup

SFP Ports

1, 2

Host Interface

PCIe 3.0 x16

Interface Type

QSFP28

Ethernet Speed

100GbE

Max Network Speed

FDR/EDR IB and 100GbE

Supported Ethernet Speeds

40GbE, 50GbE, 100GbE

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