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Voltaire to Design InfiniBand Switch for IBM

Voltaire Inc. on Thursday said it plans to design a 40-Gbps InfiniBand switch module for
IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) BladeCenter systems.

BladeCenter is the brand for IBM's blade server chassis and related technologies. Voltaire claims its custom switch will deliver 100% faster connectivity than current technology.

"The addition of Voltaire-designed, 40 Gb/s, QDR InfiniBand switching to BladeCenter will provide an ideal platform for clients with high-performance needs," Alex Yost, VP of IBM BladeCenter, said in a statement.

Voltaire technology was used in IBM's Roadrunner. The supercomputer was ranked the world's fastest computer in the biannual Top500 list released last November. The computer reached a speed of 1.105 petaflops per second. A petaflop is a quadrillion scientific calculations a second.

The upcoming switch, which IBM plans to offer by the end of June, is expected to better meet the performance requirements of virtualization, large-scale data warehouses, and ERP applications. In addition, the higher bandwidth and I/O throughput is expected to simplify large-scale, high-performance computing deployments.

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