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Supermicro, Red Hat, and Solarflare Set World Record STAC Performance

Today Supermicro announced a new world record for lowest latency on the well-known STAC-N1 benchmark. “This benchmark was performed on a pair of Supermicro SYS-1029UX-LL1-S16 servers, each with dual 8-core Intel Xeon Scalable 6144 (Gold) processors overclocked at 4.18GHz. The servers were also loaded with Red Hat’s Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 operating system and Solarflare X2522 Adapters. Compared to all prior publicly released STAC-N1 results, the bare metal system demonstrated the lowest mean latency of 2.3 microseconds at both the base rate (100k messages per second) and the highest rate tested (1 million mps).”

Solarflare X2 NICs Deliver Super Low Latency

Solarflare has announced the general availability of X2, its second generation of XtremeScale NICs. “For modern data centers, X2 lays a new foundation for NIC-based network virtualization needed for their highly distributed applications with thousands of inter-connected cloud services, machine learning, and big data workloads. X2 is the first and only NIC platform that can establish ultra-scale connectivity to thousands of virtual networks, while at the same time providing real-time packet and flow information. The combination of ultra-high bandwidth, ultra-low latency, ultra-scale connectivity and packet telemetry allows X2 NICs to serve as the Industry’s first commercial platform for micro-segmented NIC fabric services that scale with each server, VM or container.”

“The Ultimate Trading Machine” from Penguin Computing sets Record for Low Latency

The world of High Frequency Trading is all about reducing latency to make money. At the recent STAC Summit in Chicago, a Penguin Computing device called The Ultimate Trading Machine achieved a record-low 98 nanosecond tick-to-trade latency, some 18% faster than the previous world record. “Facing tremendous pressures to optimize the transaction lifecycle, the financial services industry helps drive innovations in many core technologies. At Penguin Computing, we empower our customers with with open technology solutions that achieve performance requirements while keeping costs low and avoiding vendor lock-in. We are proud to join with our partners to deliver this Ultimate Trading Machine.”

Solarflare Rolls Out 40Gb Ethernet Server Adapter

This week at SC14, Solarflare announced the general availability of the Solarflare Flareon Ultra SFN7042Q dual-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) QSFP+ PCIe 3.0 server I/O adapter. It provides hardware-assisted features that economically and efficiently distribute I/O processor workloads and optimize CPU utilization and bandwidth for 40Gb Ethernet applications.