A few weeks ago, Mellanox was excited to witness the standing ovation at Red Hat Summit as the Red Hat team released their next-generation enterprise Linux OS for general availability. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 brings numerous groundbreaking enhancements and innovations. Primarily, it is the operating system redesigned for the hybrid cloud era – built to support the workloads and operations that stretch from enterprise datacenters to multiple public clouds. The rise of Linux containers, DevOps automation and artificial intelligence (AI) calls for an enterprise-grade, developers’ choice operating-system that unlocks maximum performance, simplicity and agility.
Mellanox collaborates closely with Red Hat and has for several years contributed to Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as to Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift Platform. RHEL 8 is another great opportunity to share our product achievements for the benefit and success of our joint end-customers.
RHEL 8 ships with a pre-packaged Mellanox driver that offers advanced networking capabilities powered by Mellanox’s ConnectX network adapter cards. The Mellanox inbox driver within RHEL supports a wide range of ConnectX product families, Ethernet and InfiniBand networking protocols, and staggering speeds starting from 10, 25 and up to 100 Gb/s. Most recently, we’ve added RHEL certification for our ConnectX-5 Socket-Direct adapter cards, uniquely designed to enhance network and application performance in multi-socket servers, by connecting each CPU socket directly to the Mellanox NIC.
The Mellanox inbox driver and the Fast Datapath feature in RHEL 8 further enable a broad set of network capabilities:
The Mellanox inbox driver for RHEL is developed with an upstream first mindset and is collaboratively integrated and tested into RHEL by Red Hat and Mellanox product engineering teams. In fact, this is what makes the integration of Red Hat’s open source software and Mellanox ConnectX adapters so easy to deploy and use, with a simplified out-of-box experience and clear escalation paths for customer support issues.
The Red Hat-Mellanox product collaboration efforts don’t stop at RHEL. As many of our mutual customers deploy Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the teams focus on delivering these value-add technologies in an orchestrated, cloud-driven manner. When the flagship Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 came out in mid-2018, Mellanox was a pioneer vendor that introduced the OVS hardware offload technology together with Red Hat. To date, Red Hat OpenStack Platform is a long-life platform of choice for telecom service providers’ SDN/NFV data-centers as well as enterprises. On the container and Kubernetes fronts,Red Hat OpenShift 4.1, that was made generally available recently, adds supports for Mellanox cloud-ready ConnectX-4 Lx and ConnectX-5, with more advanced networking features in subsequent releases.
Mellanox is a true advocate of open source solutions and a major contributor to the Linux kernel among other open infrastructure projects. We believe this open, upstream-first mindset is what makes our collaboration with Red Hat works best for our mutual customers and the entire IT ecosystem.
Stay tuned as we continue the high-performance networking path in 2019 and beyond!
To learn more about Mellanox’s ConnectX adapter product family, visit Mellanox.com.