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MLXe with 100 GbE - I Feel The Need For Speed!

by on ‎08-24-2012 12:32 PM (1,325 Views)

Top-Gun-Speed.jpgThe movie Top Gun with Tom Cruise made this line short hand for high performance with no compromise.

As proof of the need for speed in Ethernet networks, the IEEE announced this week that they have started a new group, “IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus Group” to begin work on physical standards that will support 400 GbE and 1 TbE with a target of 2015, as reported in EE Times.

There are many reasons for this, notably, the growth in smart phones, on-line video access, data analytics (aka, Big Data), sensors networks, real-time network telemetry and analytics for public clouds, high-performance computing and science research activities such as genomics, proteomics, climate modeling and particle physics. This has lead to network bandwidth doubling every 18 months – is that an echo of Moore’s Law I hear?

One of Brocades customers, CERN, operates the Large Hadron Collider (LEC), and recently announced strong evidence of having found the last particle that completes the Standard Model of particle physics, the Higgs Boson.  The media affectionately calls this the “God Particle”, but it’s the particle responsible for what we experience as mass, and this is a very significant discovery.

CERN’s experiments collect gigabytes of experimental data PER SECOND storing 15 PB per year.  But, that’s just the beginning as subsequent analysis of raw experimental data generates many large data sets that are moved among the researchers who need access to it.

The Brocade MLXe Router with 100 GbE line cards is installed at CERN and directly supports the data collection from the experiments. It’s the Top Gun of networking at the top particle physics experiment ever constructed.


Brocade MLXe with 100 GbE Line Cards

If you feel a need for speed and want to see how well the MLXe performs with the 100 GbE line card, drop by the Strategic Solutions Lab forum.  We just published a new Validation Test document that confirms our performance:

Data Center Infrastructure, Validation Test-MLXe with 100 GbE Line Card, Performance and QoS Test