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Mellanox Starts Shipping 12.8 Tbps Switches

by Michael Rink
Mellanox SN4000 family

Today, Mellanox began shipping their newest ethernet switches to customers.  The new switches belong to the SN4000 family and are powered by the compnay’s own scalable 12.8 Tbps Ethernet switch ASIC, Spectrum 3. Mellanox was founded in 1999 and provides data center network solutions. NVIDIA is in the process of buying Mellanox for $6.9 billion. The acquisition was expected to be completed by the end of 2019, but has been held up by Chinese authorities. NVIDIA and Mellanox refiled paperwork with China’s State Administration for Market Regulation earlier this month.

Today, Mellanox began shipping their newest ethernet switches to customers.  The new switches belong to the SN4000 family and are powered by the company’s own scalable 12.8 Tbps Ethernet switch ASIC, Spectrum 3. Mellanox was founded in 1999 and provides data center network solutions. NVIDIA is in the process of buying Mellanox for $6.9 billion. The acquisition was expected to be completed by the end of 2019, but has been held up by Chinese authorities. NVIDIA and Mellanox refiled paperwork with China’s State Administration for Market Regulation earlier this month.

Mellanox SN4000 family

SN4000 platforms come in flexible form-factors supporting a combination of up to 32 ports of 400GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE, and 128 ports of 100/50/25/10GbE. Even if you’re not using all the ports on the SN4000, the switch has a fully shared packet buffer to maximize burst absorption. Likewise, customers who are intending to use all 128 ports will be happy to know that the same shared packet buffer delivers fair bandwidth sharing and up to 200,000 NAT entries, 1 Million on-chip routes, and 4 million total routes. Like previous Mellanox switches, the SN4000s will continue to provide support for IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

Speaking of features carried forward from their older switches, the new SN4000s will continue to come with an option for full-stack (ASIC-to-protocol) support for SONiC pre-configured. SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) is an open-source development managed within the Open Compute Project by Microsoft, that provides cloud operators a vendor-neutral networking platform to take advantage of hardware innovation.

Mellanox Switches

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