updated 02:45 pm EDT, Wed October 13, 2004
InfiniBand for Mac OS X
Small Tree Communications today announced the immediate availability of products available for the Mac. InfiniBand is a low-latency cluster interconnect technology that offers transfer speeds up to 10Gb/sec using copper cabling. InfiniBand technology from Mellanox, coupled with Small Tree's Mac OS X InfiniBand software, brings industry-leading InfiniBand network performance to users of the Power Mac G5 and Xserve G5. The company says that the clustering solution has been certified with Ohio State University's (OSU)'s MVAPICH MPI layer for Mac Enterprise and Supercomputing customer applications.
"Since the announcement of the System X at Virginia Tech Terascale Computing Facility, there has been tremendous interest and pent-up demand for InfiniBand on Mac OS X," said Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree Communications. "And we are dedicated to providing support for InfiniBand on Mac OS X and meeting that demand."
InfiniBand technology is the solution of choice for enterprise and supercomputer customers because of its high-performance and low-latency characteristics. It provides the high bandwidth communication needed between the processors within the cluster using a non-proprietarily hardware scheme. Seeber continues, "In order to provide the best possible InfiniBand solution to the Apple community, Small Tree has been collaborating with Virginia Tech and has improved its InfiniBand performance significantly, allowing Virginia Tech to reach even higher levels of performance."
Small Tree's InfiniBand Host Channel Adapter (HCA) is a 133MHz, 64-bit capable PCI-X card compatible with Power Mac G5 and Xserve G5. Small Tree provides optimized driver and firmware settings and is able to support the customer's entire InfiniBand hardware infrastructure requirements including switches, cables and HCAs.