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In this video from ISC 2019, Marc Lehrer from GigaIO describes the company’s innovative HPC interconnect technology based on PCIe Gen 4.
For your most demanding workloads, you want time to solution. The GigaIO hyper-performance network breaks the constraints of old architectures, opening up new configuration possibilities that radically reduces system cost and protect your investment by enabling you to easily adopt new compute or business processes.”
Introducing the GigaIO FabreX Hyper-Performance Network
AI, and the associated Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) applications are fueling demand for fundamental change in the creation of compute and storage clusters. Faster and larger storage arrays and a rapid proliferation of specialized compute accelerators, like GPUs, FPGAs and custom ASICs, are creating bottlenecks and configuration problems for the interconnect systems, as the traditional networks were never designed to handle the performance requirements of these workloads and devices.
GigaIO FabreX is a fundamentally new network architecture that integrates computing, storage and other communication I/O into a single-system cluster fabric, using industry standard PCI Express technology. PCIe is used internally to power virtually every server on the market today. GigaIO enables true host-to-host communication across PCIe and makes true cluster scale networking possible, with direct memory access by an individual server to system memories of all other servers in the cluster fabric, for the industry’s first in-memory network. This new architecture enables a hyper-performance network with a unified, software-defined, composable infrastructure.
With its exceptional low latency and high bandwidth, FabreX makes the disaggregation of storage and accelerators possible. And by offering standard Redfish APIs, leading third-party orchestration and composition software can easily run on FabreX, making a true software defined infrastructure that dynamically assigns resources to match changing workloads. Gone are the days of having to make massive and costly changes to large numbers of servers to incorporate new technology.
Upgrade or add compute, storage and application accelerators at the component level that plug-n-play with your environment. Every major subsystem can now operate on its own upgrade cycle. And the total cost of the system is optimized as FabreX drives much higher utilization of the resources. FabreX is built to be an open platform and offers robust, industry standard APIs at all levels of the software making the integration of FabreX into your existing data center management systems easy and risk free.