DATA CENTER NETWORKING
Rockport Networks announces the commercial availability of its new switchless network architecture that delivers industry-leading performance and scalability necessary for performance-intensive computing workloads including HPC, AI and ML. Addressing the longstanding data center chokepoints that are throttling innovation, the Rockport Switchless Network offers a completely new design, using breakthrough software and data-routing techniques to overcome congestion, delivering predictable performance improvements of more than 3X that of centralized switch-intensive networks.The Rockport Switchless Network distributes the network switching function to endpoint devices, where these devices (nodes) become the network. By eliminating layers of switches, the Rockport Switchless Network also significantly frees up rack space to be better used by compute and storage, as well as creating savings in associated power, cooling, and administrative overhead. No longer are compute and storage resources starving for data, and researchers have more predictability regarding workload completion time.
“Rockport was founded based on the fact that switching, and networking in general, is extremely complicated. Over the years, this complexity has forced organizations to make tradeoffs when it comes to performance at scale, so we decided to make it simpler,We made it our mission to get data from a source to a destination faster than other technologies. Removing the switch was crucial to achieve significant performance advantages in an environmentally and commercially sustainable way.”
- Doug Carwardine, CEO and co-founder, Rockport Networks
Rethinking network switches creates an opportunity to leverage direct interconnect topologies that provide a connectivity mesh in which every network endpoint can efficiently forward traffic to every other endpoint. The Rockport Switchless Network is a distributed, highly reliable, high-performance interconnect providing pre-wired supercomputer topologies through a standard plug-and-play Ethernet interface.
The Rockport Network Operating System (rNOS) is software at the core of the Rockport Switchless Network and runs on the Network Card, fully offloaded from the compute cores and server operating system. The rNOS enables the network to self-discover, self-configure and self-heal. Like a navigation app for data, this patented approach selects and continually optimizes the best path through the network to minimize congestion and latency, while breaking down packets into smaller pieces (FLITs) to ensure high-priority messages are not blocked by large messages or bulk data transfers. Designed to integrate easily into existing and emerging data centers, the Rockport Switchless Network installs in a fraction of the time required to cable traditional switch-based networks. As an embeddable architecture, it will work in any form factor.
The software is deployed and managed using three main components:
The Rockport NC1225: The NC1225 is the industry’s first true Network Card, replacing standard network interface cards (NIC) within servers and storage enclosures, along with the layers of switches that form traditional network fabrics. It adaptively aggregates the bandwidth of multiple parallel network paths, drawing from 300 Gbps of available network capacity.
The Rockport SHFL: The SHFL eliminates months of wiring with a single optical device, this new passive cabling invention provides a simple way for end users to implement sophisticated supercomputing network architectures in a fraction of the time of switched networks. The Rockport SHFL is available in multiple versions to help simply scale out networks.
The Rockport Autonomous Network Manager (ANM): The ANM offers a holistic view and deep insight of the active network. It continuously monitors all aspects of the network and stores historical data for 60 days with the most recent seven days collected at high fidelity within the timeline.
Rockport’s technology delivers significant TCO, sustainability and security benefits including:
Eliminates the need for redundant devices for reliability
De-materializes and de-carbonizes the data center, reducing carbon footprint
Requires between 34% and 69% less energy consumption when compared to switch-based technologies
Eliminates up to 72% of cabling requirements
Reduces rack space and weight in the network by as much as 77%
Protects against security breaches as a result of continual re-optimization of data paths
“When the root of the problem is the architecture, building a better switch just didn’t make sense,With sophisticated algorithms and other purpose-built software breakthroughs, we have solved for congestion, so our customers no longer need to just throw bandwidth at their networking issues. We’ve focused on real-world performance requirements to set a new standard for what the market should expect for the fabrics of the future.”
-Matt Williams, CTO, Rockport Networks.
After an extensive beta program for cloud service providers and elite government and academic research labs, the Rockport Switchless Network is being deployed by customers including the University of Texas’ Advanced Computing Center (TACC). The company is also working with industry organizations including Ohio State University (OSU) to contribute to performance-intensive networking standards.
The Rockport Switchless Network is available immediately.For additional information including full product details, please visit: https://rockportnetworks.com/.
About Rockport Networks
Rockport Networks’ next-generation of high-performance networks unlocks the entire data center to produce more results, faster, and with better economics and environmental sustainability. Modeled after the world’s fastest supercomputers, the Rockport Switchless Network replaces centralized switch architectures with a distributed, high-performance direct interconnect that is self-discovering, self-configuring and self-healing, and that is simple and transparent to operate. By virtually eliminating congestion and latency, data center workloads can be completed significantly faster, enabling organizations to improve ROI and make critical decisions more quickly. Learn more at www.rockportnetworks.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
AddOn Networks, the largest independent global supplier of compatible optics has worked with Linksys®, a global leader in wireless networking products, to take connectivity to the next level, to provide flexible and seamless compatibility between optical transceivers and wireless networking products.As companies all over the world adapt to a post-pandemic world, network infrastructure transformation is a key area of investment. These Linksys® compatible solutions from AddOn will help businesses to quickly build and expand their networks with low cost, high performance, easy to install optical transceivers that meet growing user data demands.
"Our goal is to make it very simple for any sized business to get set up fast with reliable and scalable networks,The AddOn Linksys® compatible transceivers will help many companies around the globe."
-Sam Walker, VP of Channel Sales at AddOn Networks.
Businesses have been catapulted into a new era of work. It's more important than ever for them to have the proper infrastructure in place," said Marc Sarver, Director of Sales, Linksys®. "We are excited to work closely with AddOn to deliver holistic solutions for businesses to operate at peak levels.
AddOn Linksys® compatible transceivers can be purchased through AddOn and Linksys® authorized commercial channels in North America and EMEA.
About AddOn Networks
AddOn Networks is the global leader in optical connectivity solutions serving data center, enterprise, government, education, and healthcare provider networks. It operates in more than 25 countries through its long-standing commercial channels to provide continuity of supply and world-class service.AddOn offers a full network catalog of optical transceivers and high-speed cabling that are 100% compatible in form and functionality across 100 OEM manufacturers, covering more than 20,000 systems and platforms. Its certified solutions are backed by a lifetime warranty and 24/7/365 global field engineering support. For more information, please visit www.addonnetworks.com
Metanoia Communications ("Metanoia") announced its collaboration with NXP® Semiconductors for the development of a new 5G NR Sub-6GHz demonstration/development platform (Reference Platform) that combines innovative technologies from both companies.
The new Reference Platform leverages NXP's high performance Layerscape® family of multicore processors and 5G NR programable baseband processors and Metanoia's recently announced 5G NR Sub-6Ghz RF IC (MT3812). The Reference Platform will facilitate and reduce considerably customers' design cycle building a 5G Sub-6GHz solution addressing all 5G market segments – from a single FWA CPE to low or high density 5G Remote Radio Units (RRUs), and to highly integrated Small-Cells.
Targeting the high volume, highly popular mid-band (3.3 GHz – 4.2 GHz (n77), the complete 5G NR Reference Platform enables the development of Software Defined Radio (SDR) solutions with support for:
L1 PHY implementations,
a wide range of DPD/CFR performance,
networking offload for timing, parsing and Quality of Service (QoS),
offload for eCPRI C/U- and S-Plane including virtualized and containerized L2 applications.
Evaluating lower and higher frequency bands, supported by the Metanoia MT3812, will also be possible by by-passing appropriate RF front end components, like a Power Amplifier and Low Noise Amplifier on the Reference Platform.
"The collaboration between NXP and Metanoia demonstrates the advanced capabilities of the Layerscape Access programmable solution platform and underscores our commitment to furthering our ecosystem-based strategy for faster, time-to-market solution enablement," commented NXP offers a comprehensive 5G NR solutions portfolio that, with the help of our partners, is accelerating the development and deployment of 5G infrastructure networks around the world."
-Tareq Bustami, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Edge at NXP Semiconductors
Partnering with NXP to offer a highly optimized development platform to our customers that includes our MT3812 RF IC and demonstrating that our chips, put together, can meet the 3GPP and the ORAN performance requirements is critical to our customers," commented Didier Boivin, Executive Vice President at Metanoia. "A desire to create a high level of trust in our technologies is what drove NXP and Metanoia to work together on this combined Reference Platform.
Metanoia's MT3812 is a cost-effective Sub 6Ghz TDD 2x2 RF transceiver with a tiny 9x9 mm QFN68 footprint, which supports 200 MHz Bandwidth in Transmit and Receive modes, and 400 MHz in DPD mode. It is a highly integrated multi-band programmable and self-calibrated product supporting three of the most popular bands: 2.5 GHz – 3.0 GHz (n90), 3.3 GHz – 4.2 GHz (n77), and 4.2 GHz – 5.0 GHz (n79). MT3812 is designed to interface with any I/Q baseband chip and includes distinguishing features such as high dynamic range on its low noise receive chains and high linearity and low noise floor on its transmit chains.
From antenna-to-processor, NXP offers a robust portfolio of technologies for accelerating 5G deployments that deliver best-of-class performance and security for infrastructure, industrial, and automotive applications. This includes the company's Airfast family of RF power solutions, Layerscape Access LA1200 family of software defined baseband processors for mmWave and sub-6GHz integrated small cell, DU, RU, and CPE, and its Layerscape family of multicore processors for wireless data links, fixed wireless access, and small cell devices. To learn more, visit nxp.com/5G.
About Metanoia Communications, Inc.
Metanoia Communications, a subsidiary of Elan Microelectronics, was established in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan. Since its inception, Metanoia has contributed to the development of several generations of semiconductor and software solutions for wireline Broadband. For more information about Metanoia, please visit www.metanoia-comm.com.