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QLogic Shows InfiniBand Switches

AUSTIN, Texas -- QLogic Corp.
(Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced the QLogic(r) 12000 Series of 40Gb quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand(r) switches. The comprehensive family of blade, edge and director switches is based on the new QLogic
TrueScale(tm) switch ASIC platform. The QLogic 12000 Series represents a new class of InfiniBand switches with a number of industry breakthroughs including the highest port count for a rack mount switch, lowest power-per-port, highest performance for a rack mount switch and higher network utilization with vFabric(tm). The 12000 Series joins QLogic QDR InfiniBand adapters to make up the industry's first family of end-to-end QDR solutions and establishes new standards for cluster performance, scalability and network utilization. These innovations enable faster time-to-solutions for high performance computing (HPC) users running cluster applications such as oil & gas exploration, weather forecasting, auto design and financial modeling.

Listed below are key features and benefits of the QLogic 12000 Series switches based on QLogic TrueScale ASIC technology - the new checklist for best-in-class InfiniBand switches.

  • Highest port count for a rack mount switch - 864 ports
  • Highest scalability for a rack mount switch - 18 to 864 ports
  • Highest aggregate bandwidth for a rack mount switch - 51.8 Tb/s
  • Highest ports per 1u of rack space for a director switch - 29.8
    ports per 1u
  • Lowest power per port for a director switch - 7.8 Watts per port
  • Future gateway capabilities to access the fastest data and storage
    networks - 10Gb Ethernet and 8Gb Fibre Channel
  • Highest network utilization with QLogic vFabric, including adaptive
    routing and QoS
  • Easiest to use with wizard-based installation, automated discovery,
    automated configuration and self monitoring

"InfiniBand technology continues to play an increasingly important role in the future of HPC clusters," said Earl Joseph, program vice president, High-Performance Computing, IDC. "Many traditional and emerging HPC users are expected to move towards InfiniBand technologies and will look at the potential for QDR InfiniBand technology, such as the new QLogic 12000 Series, to leverage its 40Gb InfiniBand speeds to build more powerful, small clusters and to scale large clusters even higher."

QLogic Corp.