InfiniBand Cards - Overview
Mellanox InfiniBand Adapters Provide Advanced Levels of Data Center IT Performance, Efficiency and Scalability
Mellanox continues its leadership providing InfiniBand Host Channel Adapters (HCA)— the highest performing interconnect solution for Enterprise Data Centers, Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, High-Performance Computing, and embedded environments.
ConnectX®-6 Single/Dual-Port Adapters supporting 200Gb/s with VPI®
Intelligent ConnectX-6 adapter cards, the newest additions to the Mellanox Smart Interconnect suite and supporting Co-Design and In-Network Compute, bring new acceleration engines for maximizing High Performance, Machine Learning, Web 2.0, Cloud, Data Analytics and Telecommunications platforms.
ConnectX-6 with Virtual Protocol Interconnect® supports two ports of 200Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet connectivity, sub-600 nanosecond latency, and 215 million messages per second, enabling the highest performance and most flexible solution for the most demanding data center applications.
ConnectX®-5 Single/Dual-Port Adapters supporting 100Gb/s with VPI®
Intelligent ConnectX-5 adapter cards, the newest additions to the Mellanox Smart Interconnect suite and supporting Co-Design and In-Network Compute, introduce new acceleration engines for maximizing High Performance, Web 2.0, Cloud, Data Analytics and Storage platforms.
ConnectX-5 with Virtual Protocol Interconnect® supports two ports of 100Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet connectivity, sub-600 nanosecond latency, and very high message rate, plus PCIe switch and NVMe over Fabric offloads, providing the highest performance and most flexible solution for the most demanding applications and markets.
ConnectX®-4 Single/Dual-Port Adapters supporting 100Gb/s with VPI®
ConnectX-4 adapters with Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI), support EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand and 100Gb/s Ethernet connectivity, and provide the highest performance and most flexible solution for high-performance, Web 2.0, Cloud, data analytics, database, and storage platforms.
ConnectX-4 adapters provide an unmatched combination of 100Gb/s bandwidth in a single port, the lowest available latency, 150 million messages per second and application hardware offloads, addressing both today's and the next generation's compute and storage data center demands.
ConnectX®-3 Pro Single/Dual-Port Adapter with VPI®
ConnectX-3 Pro adapter cards with Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI), supporting InfiniBand and Ethernet connectivity with hardware offload engines to Overlay Networks ("Tunneling"), provide the highest performing and most flexible interconnect solution for PCI Express Gen3 servers used in public and private clouds, enterprise data centers, and high performance computing.
Mellanox's industry-leading ConnectX-3 InfiniBand adapters provides the highest performing and most flexible interconnect solution. ConnectX-3 delivers up to 56Gb/s throughput across the PCI Express 3 host bus, enables the fastest transaction latency, less than 1usec, and can deliver more than 90M MPI messages per second making it the most scalable and suitable solution for current and future transaction-demanding applications. ConnectX-3 maximizes the network efficiency making it ideal for HPC or converged data centers operating a wide range of applications.
Connect-IB delivers leading performance with maximum bandwidth, low latency, and computing efficiency for performance-driven server and storage applications. Maximum bandwidth is delivered across PCI Express 3 x16 and two ports of FDR InfiniBand, supplying more than 100Gb/s of throughput together with consistent low latency across all CPU cores. Connect-IB also enables PCI Express 2 x16 systems to take full advantage of FDR, delivering at least twice the bandwidth of existing PCIe 2 solutions.
Mellanox InfiniBand Host Channel Adapters (HCA)
Mellanox InfiniBand Host Channel Adapters (HCAs) provide the highest performing interconnect solution for Enterprise Data Centers, Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, High-Performance Computing, and embedded environments. Clustered data bases, parallelized applications, transactional services and high-performance embedded I/O applications will achieve significant performance improvements resulting in reduced completion time and lower cost per operation.
Mellanox InfiniBand adapters deliver industry-leading bandwidth with ultra low-latency and efficient computing for performance-driven server and storage clustering applications. Network protocol processing and data movement overhead such as RDMA and Send/Receive semantics are completed in the adapter without CPU intervention. Application acceleration with CORE-Direct™ and GPU communication acceleration brings further levels of performance improvement. Mellanox InfiniBand adapters' advanced acceleration technology enables higher cluster efficiency and large scalability to tens-of-thousands of nodes.
Most Efficient Clouds
Mellanox adapters are a major component in Mellanox CloudX architecture. Mellanox adapters utilizing Virtual Intelligent Queuing (Virtual-IQ) technology with SR-IOV provides dedicated adapter resources and guaranteed isolation and protection for virtual machines (VM) within the server. I/O virtualization on Ethernet and InfiniBand gives data center managers better server utilization and LAN and SAN unification while reducing cost, power, and cable complexity.
Overlay networks offload and encap/decap (for VXLAN, NVGRE and Geneve) enable highest bandwidth while freeing the CPU for application tasks. Mellanox adapters enable high bandwidth and more virtual machines per server ratio. For more information on Mellanox adapters savings and VM calculator please refer to Mellanox CloudX.
A consolidated compute and storage network achieves significant cost-performance advantages over multi-fabric networks. Standard block and file access protocols leveraging InfiniBand RDMA result in high-performance storage access. Mellanox adapters support SCSI, iSCSI, NFS and FCoIB protocols. Mellanox adapters also provide advanced storage offloads such as T10/DIF and RAID Offload.
All Mellanox adapters are supported by a full suite of drivers for Microsoft Windows, Linux distributions, VMware, and Citrix XENServer. The adapters support OpenFabrics-based RDMA protocols and software, and the stateless offloads are fully interoperable with standard TCP/UDP/IP stacks. The adapters are compatible with configuration and management tools from OEMs and operating system vendors.
Virtual Protocol Interconnect® (VPI)
VPI flexibility enables any standard networking, clustering, storage, and management protocol to seamlessly operate over any converged network leveraging a consolidated software stack. Each port can operate on InfiniBand or Ethernet as well as RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCEv1 and RoCE v2). VPI simplifies I/O system design and makes it easier for IT managers to deploy infrastructure that meets the challenges of a dynamic data center.
Complete End-to-End 200Gb/s InfiniBand Networking
ConnectX-6 adapters are part of Mellanox's full HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand end-to-end portfolio for data centers and high-performance computing systems, which includes switches and cables. Mellanox's Quantum family of HDR InfiniBand switches and Unified Fabric Management software incorporate advanced tools that simplify networking management and installation, and provide the needed capabilities for the highest scalability and future growth. Mellanox's line of HDR copper and active optical cables ensure the highest interconnect performance. With Mellanox end to end, IT managers can be assured of the highest performance, most efficient network fabric.
|Ordering Part No.||Max. Speed||Ports||Connectors||ASIC & PCI Dev ID||PCI||Lanes|
|Mellanox ConnectX®-6 VPI|
|MCX653105A-ECAT||HDR100, EDR IB (100Gb/s) and 100GbE||1||QSFP56||ConnectX®-6||PCIe 3/4||x16|
|MCX653106A-ECAT||HDR100, EDR IB (100Gb/s) and 100GbE||2||QSFP56||ConnectX®-6||PCIe 3/4||x16|
|MCX653105A-HDAT||HDR IB (200Gb/s) and 200GbE||1||QSFP56||ConnectX®-6||PCIe 3/4||x16|
|MCX653106A-HDAT||HDR IB (200Gb/s) and 200GbE||2||QSFP56||ConnectX®-6||PCIe 3/4||x16|
|MCX653105A-EFAT||HDR100, EDR IB (100Gb/s) and 100GbE||1||QSFP56||ConnectX®-6||Socket Direct 3/4 x16, split into two x8||2x8 in a row|
|MCX653106A-EFAT||HDR100, EDR IB (100Gb/s) and 100GbE||2||QSFP56||ConnectX®-6||Socket Direct 3/4 x16, split into two x8||2x8 in a row|
|MCX654106A-ECAT||HDR100, EDR IB (100Gb/s) and 100GbE||2||QSFP56||ConnectX®-6||Socket Direct PCIe3 x16 + PCIe3x16 auxiliary card||2x16|
|MCX654105A-HCAT||HDR IB (200Gb/s) and 200GbE||1||QSFP56||ConnectX®-6||Socket Direct PCIe3 x16 + PCIe3x16 auxiliary card||2x16|
|MCX654106A-HCAT||HDR IB (200Gb/s) and 200GbE||2||QSFP56||ConnectX®-6||Socket Direct PCIe3 x16 + PCIe3x16 auxiliary card||2x16|
|Mellanox ConnectX®-5 VPI|
|MCX555A-ECAT||EDR IB (100Gb/s)||1||QSFP28||ConnectX®-5||PCIe 3||x16|
|MCX556A-ECAT||EDR IB (100Gb/s)||2||QSFP28||ConnectX®-5||PCIe 3||x16|
|MCX556A-EDAT||EDR IB (100Gb/s)||2||QSFP28||ConnectX®-5||PCIe 3 / 4||x16|
|MCX556M-ECAT-S25||EDR IB (100Gb/s) and 100GbE||2||QSFP28||ConnectX®-5||Socket Direct PCIe3 x8 + PCIe3x8 auxiliary card, 25cm harness||2 x8|
|MCX556M-ECAT-S35A||EDR IB (100Gb/s) and 100GbE||2||QSFP28||ConnectX®-5||Socket Direct PCIe3 x8 + PCIe3x8 auxiliary card, 35cm harness||2 x8|
|Mellanox ConnectX®-4 VPI|
|MCX453A-FCAT||FDR IB (56Gb/s)||1||QSFP||ConnectX®-4||PCIe 3||x8|
|MCX454A-FCAT||FDR IB (56Gb/s)||2||QSFP||ConnectX®-4||PCIe 3||x8|
|MCX455A-FCAT||FDR IB (56Gb/s)||1||QSFP||ConnectX®-4||PCIe 3||x16|
|MCX456A-FCAT||FDR IB (56Gb/s)||2||QSFP||ConnectX®-4||PCIe 3||x16|
|MCX455A-ECAT||EDR IB (100Gb/s)||1||QSFP||ConnectX®-4||PCIe 3||x16|
|MCX456A-ECAT||EDR IB (100Gb/s)||2||QSFP||ConnectX®-4||PCIe 3||x16|
|Mellanox ConnectX®-3 Pro VPI Adapter Cards|
|MCX353A-FCCT||FDR and 40/56GbE||1||QSFP||ConnectX®-3 Pro||PCIe 3||x8|
|MCX354A-FCCT||FDR and 40/56GbE||2||QSFP||ConnectX®-3 Pro||PCIe 3||x8|
- High Performance Computing needs high bandwidth, low latency, and CPU offloads to get the highest server efficiency and application productivity. Mellanox HCAs deliver the highest bandwidth and lowest latency of any standard interconnect enabling CPU efficiencies of greater than 95 %.
- Data centers and cloud computing require I/O services such as bandwidth, consolidation and unification, and flexibility. Mellanox's HCAs support LAN and SAN traffic consolidation and provides hardware acceleration for server virtualization.
- Virtual Protocol Interconnect® (VPI) flexibility offers InfiniBand, Ethernet, Data Center Bridging, EoIB, FCoIB and FCoE connectivity.
- World-class cluster performance
- High-performance networking and storage access
- Efficient use of compute resources
- Cutting-edge performance in virtualized overlay networks (VXLAN and NVGRE)
- Increased VM per server ratio
- Guaranteed bandwidth and low-latency services
- Reliable transport
- Efficient I/O consolidation, lowering data center costs and complexity
- Scalability to tens-of-thousands of nodes
- High-performance parallelized computing
- Data center virtualization
- Public and private clouds
- Large scale Web 2 and data analysis applications
- Clustered database applications, parallel RDBMS queries, high-throughput data warehousing
- Latency sensitive applications such as financial analysis and trading
- Performance storage applications such as backup, restore, mirroring, etc.