Mellanox released the first 40 Gbps Infiniband switch today, a move that could propel the server interconnect technology to the forefront of the unified fabric movement.
The company's InfiniScale IV switch is a 36-port piece of silicon the delivers 40 Gbps per port and provides a range of traffic management techniques such as adaptive routing and multiple subnet support. The units can be outfitted with either microGiGaCN or QSFP connectors for both passive/active copper or active fiber infrastructures.
The company claims its device offers six times the switching and data capacity of 24-port 10 GbE systems and four times the throughput of 8 G Fibre Channel SANs.
Sun Microsystems is likely to be a customer eager for the new switch. The company has publicly stated its preference for an Infiniband-based converged fabric. Both Ethernet and Fibre Channel would need to see improvements in throughput and predictability before they could serve as an underlying fabric technology.
Production volumes for the InfiniScale IV are expected from OEMS later this year.