We live in a time where everything is expected to be done quickly; we praise the fastest race cars, the fastest airplanes, the fastest swimmer, fastest sprinter… the list goes on and on. There are countless movies, TV shows and advertisements that try to tap into the human obsession with speed. This same obsession is true with data centers server and their ever-increasing CPU speeds, demanding graphic GPU’s and the networking infrastructure used to connect these environments together. What do they all have in common other than increasing speed? The ability to keep everything cool and performing in harmony.
Water cooling is increasingly used to deal with the special requirements of the data center. Because data centers are often assigned the most convenient available space, rather than a space that is specially designed, servers may be contained in too small an area or one that cannot be adequately ventilated. Water cooling is sometimes referred to as liquid cooling, because various other substances are sometimes used instead of, or in addition to, water.
Mellanox Technologies a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the availability of liquid cooled HDR 200G Multi-Host InfiniBand adapters for the Lenovo ThinkSystem SD650 server platform, featuring Lenovo Neptune™ liquid cooling technologies. This platform is ideal for high performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI) and scalable cloud infrastructures, utilizing Mellanox In-Network Computing acceleration engines in an energy efficient best-of-class server. With this solution, customers can now experience the fastest networking speeds deployed in a shared configuration, allowing them to save on both CAPEX and OPEX buying fewer networking components, while still running workloads much quicker. Additionally, Lenovo’s Neptune liquid cooling technologies reduce energy consumption, allowing customers to operate an extremely energy efficient high-performance data center.
In collaboration with Lenovo, Mellanox is able to deliver a scalable and highly energy efficient platform that delivers nearly 90% heat removal efficiency and can reduce data center energy costs by nearly 40%, and takes full advantage of the best-of-breed capabilities from Mellanox InfiniBand, including the Mellanox smart acceleration engines, RDMA, GPUDirect, Multi-Host and more. HDR 200G InfiniBand provides the highest performance and scalability for HPC and AI workloads and when combined with the Lenovo ThinkSystem SD650 Server creates a world-leading solution for compute and storage infrastructures.
As the world moves to the Exascale era of HPC, the interconnect fabric will be a key pillar of driving Lenovo’s “Exascale to Everyscale” initiative that seeks to bring the innovation of Exascale to HPC systems of all sizes. The new Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand solution provides customers faster networking speeds, and when paired with the industry-leading Lenovo ThinkSystem SD650 warm water-cooled server, increases performance while reducing energy consumption – making it ideal for demanding HPC workloads.
Mellanox HDR InfiniBand end-to-end solution, including ConnectX-6 adapters, Quantum switches, the upcoming HDR BlueField system-on-a-chip (SoC), and LinkX cables and transceivers, delivers the best performance and scalability for HPC, cloud, artificial intelligence, storage, and other applications, providing users with the capabilities to enhance their research, discoveries and product development.