Ultra-Low latency for Everybody


Why should we compromise? Is the low latency network the industry’s legacy for the bold and the beautiful?

Low latency has always been viewed as a costly capability for High Frequency Trading and High Performance Computing. This capability comes at a premium and recently, also with tradeoffs such as limited throughput, bandwidth and feature set.

Dominated by very few vendors that have developed switches based on special ASICs, IT Administrators could not enjoy a low latency network without paying the price which is usually suffered by companies who cannot afford the extra packet delay.

Let’s say that I am your average Joe Q. Customer and I am deploying a public cloud. I can be designing my storage racks and using all flash array, I can also be thinking about deploying the next generation trading environment in my organization. Either way, I am looking at the next generation network infrastructure for a diversity of use cases.

So, this begs the question, what are my network requirements on the different environments?

  • High bandwidth, L2 and MLAG, L3 protocols like OSPF/BGP, BFD, IPv4 and IPv6, Scale and ZTP
  • Overlay VxLAN with a controller or without a controller using EVPN
  • Multicast IGMPv3 and PIM-SM, PTP and advanced Telemetry capability and,
  • ACL, SPAN, TAP aggregation.

Every vertical has its unique feature set, yet bandwidth is a consistent requirement across the board these days. So, it is fair to say that we need more bandwidth because we are consuming more data and from now on, we don’t need to compromise on the features and performance.

We can truly have it all.

The Mellanox Spectrum product line presents a portfolio of high quality switch products, all based on the Mellanox Spectrum ASIC.

The Mellanox Spectrum SN-Switch Series presents 1/10/25/40/50/100GbE available on all the Switches with low and predictable latency. This is the story of the next generation 25/100GbE at 300nsec latency.

No additional fees for features, no special product line, no compromising on feature set, no locking, the quote is very simple, only two lines: switch price and support price. And, as every savvy customer knows, price per port is the most cost effective in the market.

Advanced features such as VxLAN EVPN, VxLAN routing, high scale IPv4 and IPv6, L2 advanced features, L2 and L3 Multicast, and advanced telemetry capabilities to measure the queue depth and latency in the device and at the fabric level, it is all there – so simple to purchase and simple to manage and deploy.

What does predictable Latency mean? It means that the latency is the same, no matter what the packet size is, no matter what the port number is, does it sound trivial?  Check the latest Tolly report, this benchmark reveals a compelling story, Spectrum simply eliminates this tradeoff, with Spectrum the latency is low and it is the equal for all customers and services connected to the switch.

Spectrum latency is 300nsec second port to port and what about the rest of the time?

“Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose…” — THOMAS EDISON

Probably the same for a network packet 🙂

About Avi Alkobi

Avi Alkobi is Ethernet Technical Marketing manager for EMEA in Mellanox Technologies. For the past 8 years he has worked at Mellanox in various roles focusing on the Ethernet switch product line, first as a SW developer, then as a team leader of the infrastructure team responsible for the first Ethernet switch management infrastructure. More recently, he has worked as a senior application engineer supporting the field on post sales, pre sales and complex proof of concepts for E2E Ethernet and InfiniBand solutions. Before coming to Mellanox, he worked for five years at Comverse Technology and prior to this, in the Israeli security industry as a software developer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and M.B.A from the Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

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