At SC20: GigaIO Launches PCIe 4.0 Accelerator Pooling Appliance for the Composable Data Center

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CARLSBAD, CA – November 17, 2020 – GigaIO Networks, creators of data center network architecture and connectivity solutions, today announced their new Hydra product line, which the company said is the industry’s first fully managed PCI Express (PCIe) Gen 4.0 Pooling Appliance, a high-performance expansion chassis for the disaggregating and pooling of PCIe accelerator devices.

“Using the off-the-shelf, ready-to-run composition software of their choice, data center managers can transform previously static resource silos into elastic, shareable resource pools, and liberate expensive stranded resources such as accelerators from the legacy servers imprisoning them,” the company said in its announcement. “The resulting software-defined infrastructure delivers cloud-like flexibility and agility, while drastically slashing TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and delivering blazing performance to their users. GigaIO’s open standards approach to disaggregation and composability with Redfish APIs and off-the-shelf software delivers freedom from vendor lock-in, and removes a significant barrier to widespread adoption of composable infrastructure.”

Disaggregated Composable Infrastructure (DCI), made possible by products such as Hydra, removes the bottlenecks to making changes to legacy IT infrastructure which prevents businesses from entering new market opportunities. It also increases financial efficacy by balancing CapEx and OpEx spending, and facilitates the deployment of AI and advanced analytics to optimize customer value.

With its composability and utilization optimization capabilities, this accelerator appliance advances GigaIO’s vision for composable technology as the future of the software-defined data center architecture.

The GigaIO Accelerator Pooling Appliance is the industry’s highest performing PCIe accelerator expansion chassis fully supporting the PCIe 4.0 specification with up to 1Tb/sec bandwidth into and out of the box. It delivers advanced provisioning and monitoring of compute accelerators and next-gen NVMe assets, supporting up to 8 double-width PCIe 4.0 x16 accelerator cards and 4 PCIe 4.0 x16 low-profile cards. This flexible expansion platform enables users to add any PCIe 4.0 compliant application accelerators, GPUs (including the new NVIDIA A100), FPGAs, DPUs, IPUs, thin-NVMe-servers and specialty AI chips.

GigaIO’s advanced Redfish® API interface provides an industry-first capability with management software that enables appliance provisioning as well as discovery, inventory, port configuration, diagnostics, monitoring, fault detection, utilization auditing, and performance monitoring. Administrators can provision devices, redeploy them and configure PCIe ports in seconds without service interruptions. Hydra also enables centralized analytics such as device utilization and performance, and provides a fault summary by continuously monitoring errors to quickly resolve problems and improve reliability.

“Our customers require solutions that provide greater flexibility, performance and savings and once again GigaIO delivers” says Niraj Mathur, VP Product Management at  GigaIO. “Our leadership in delivering dynamically composable solutions for AI and HPC workloads in real-time, using industry-standard PCI Express technology, enable us deliver solutions based on open industry standards.”

Hydra, available in Q1 2021, consists of two drawers each containing four double-width PCIe 4.0 slots each that are fully compatible with the latest high-end accelerators to create a next-generation HPC acceleration platform. The appliance also offers customization options that allow customers to select cost-optimized connectivity performance based on their specific requirements.