Thursday, March 22, 2007

Leaping to 100Gbits

The folks over at HPC Wire have posted an interview with Grid-X, a startup working on a 10Gbit Ethernet offload engine that they claim will be able to handle 100Gbit E.

This is what you can safely call an early-stage development given the IEEE group exploring high-speed Ethernet has not even officially set a target speed yet. What's more there's quite a debate raging about whether TCP offload even makes sense anymore given what Sun is doing in its Niagara2 processor and Intel is planning with I/O accleration in its CPUs.

Nevertheless, the startup is worth watching, especially for the HPC crowd thinking about how to link their high-end systems directly into a Globus-based Grid network.

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