Mellanox Chooses WekaIO Matrix to Accelerate EDA Workload

Customer reveals how the NVMe-native file system has enabled
efficiencies in its datacenter

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#AIlt;/agt;–WekaIO,
the innovation leader in high-performance, scalable file storage for
data intensive applications, today announced that Mellanox Technologies
(NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand
smart interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage, is
using WekaIO Matrix™ to accelerate its Electronic Design Automation
(EDA) workflow. The company chose Matrix™, the world’s fastest file
system, to accelerate application performance scaling for their EDA
workloads and thus enabling the design of more complex application
specific integrated circuits (ASICS), as well as for the product’s
linear scalability and native InfiniBand support.

Mellanox interconnect solutions increase datacenter efficiency by
providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data
faster to applications, unlocking system performance and improving data
security. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products:
adapters, switches, software and silicon that accelerate application
performance and maximize business results for a wide range of markets
including cloud and hyperscale, high performance computing (HPC),
artificial intelligence (AI), enterprise data centers, cyber security,
storage, financial services and more.

With a single namespace that spans local storage and the cloud, Matrix
delivers performance that is 3x that of local file systems and 10x that
of traditional NAS. The Matrix software is highly resilient parallel
file system that delivers the highest bandwidth, lowest latency
performance to any InfiniBand or Ethernet enabled GPU or CPU based
cluster. The POSIX-compliant file system leverages an innovative, highly
optimized software stack that leverages modern architectures such as
low-latency NVMe-oF and massively distributed metadata. Built for
enterprise grade HPC, it tightly integrates object storage for best
economics at scale and supports features such as snapshots, cloud backup
and multiprotocol support including NFS and SMB.

“Mellanox is a forward-thinking company, we continuously improve our
workflows by incorporating new deep learning techniques into our
data-intensive EDA workloads, so we needed a modern file system to
support our initiatives,” said Udi Weinstein, Chief Information Officer
of Mellanox. “The integration of WekaIO’s Matrix software in our
infrastructure increases the efficiency of our datacenter, keeping pace
with our application performance requirements while delivering exascale
capacity at the best economics. With our current IT infrastructure, we
are well-positioned to deliver the best IC products to the market in to
the future.”

In addition to Mellanox using Matrix for its own EDA workflow, Mellanox
and WekaIO have many joint customer deployments with Deep Learning (DL)
workflows. EDA benefits from DL on many levels, be it product
innovation, chip design or lower costs, and yet DL can be
computationally intensive, especially the inference phase, and as such
Matrix has become the go-to file system of choice for enterprises’
supporting DL workloads. Mellanox ConnectX 100Gb Ethernet networking was
also a key component of the Matrix cluster design that broke performance
records on both the SPEC
and IO500
10 Node Challenge

“Cultivating a full-spectrum business relationship with companies like
Mellanox benefits the entire HPC ecosystem of use cases, not just EDA,
but also Machine and Deep Learning, finance, life sciences and genomics,
and M&E,” said Liran Zvibel, co-founder and CEO of WekaIO. “We have many
synergies with Mellanox, from the markets we target to our core value
proposition of accelerating application performance. Not only are we
proving we deliver the best performance and value for EDA in the
Mellanox datacenter, but we jointly enable many deep learning workloads
in successful customer deployments as well. And together we have
successfully proven we deliver the best performance on the HPC and ML
industries leading benchmarks. The Mellanox leading interconnect
solutions and Matrix file system are an undeniably, unbeatable storage
solution for data intensive HPC.”

About WekaIO

WekaIO helps companies manage, scale and futureproof their data center
so they can solve real problems that impact the world. WekaIO Matrix™,
the world’s fastest shared parallel file system and WekaIO’s flagship
product, leapfrogs legacy storage infrastructures by delivering
simplicity, scale, and performance density per U for a fraction of the
cost. In the cloud or on-premises, WekaIO’s NVMe-native high-performance
software-defined storage solution removes the barriers between the data
and the compute layer, thus accelerating artificial intelligence,
machine learning, genomics, research, and analytics workloads.


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