JNI Corporation Announces InfiniStar™ Support for the Upcoming AMD Opteron™ Processor and 64-bit Linux
JNI’s InfiniStar 4X HCA Modules and AMD 64-bit technology provide reliable solutions that enable server clustering at 10 Gb/sec speeds.
San Diego, CA --
JNI Corporation (NASDAQ: JNIC), the first company to introduce 4X Infiniband HCA Modules, has announced the support and integration of JNI HCA modules with the upcoming AMD Opteron™ processor based on Hammer technology.
“Bringing together these two innovative products offers customers optimized 32-bit performance and 64-bit support in the same environment,” said Shaun Walsh, vice president and general manager of I/O Solutions, JNI Corporation. “Working with AMD, JNI is bringing together many of the major components required to build InfiniBand-based clustered server solutions and establish a foundation for widespread InfiniBand deployment.”
To meet the I/O needs of the enterprise environment, JNI and AMD support the InfiniBand Architecture (IBA), an open standard for moving high volumes of data between processors and I/O devices. JNI InfiniStar modules coupled with the AMD Opteron™ processor-based platform are expected to deliver excellent scalability and performance for x86 Linux clusters used for scientific computing and database applications.
"JNI's HCA products and 64-bit Linux support will help customers with the speed and ease of building high performance computing and database clusters with InfiniBand technology," said Ed Gasiorowski, director of developer relations for AMD’s Computation Products Group. “The upcoming AMD Opteron processor offer customers stability, reliability and excellent performance while protecting investments in existing infrastructure and applications."
JNI HCA Modules
JNI offers three separate InfiniStar™ HCA modules for server clustering: the IBP-1x02 is a PCI, dual-port module that incorporates the Mellanox InfiniBridge ASIC and supports link speeds up to 2.5 Gb/sec (1X) per port; the IBX-4x02i is a PCI-X, dual-port module based on the new IBM Microelectronics InfiniBlue ASIC and supports link speeds up to 10 Gb/sec (4X) per port; the IBX-4x02m is also a 4x, dual-port, PCI-X module based on the new Mellanox Technologies InfiniHost ASIC.
InfiniBand HCA modules are similar to Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) in that they enable the creation of scalable, extensible networks by sharing resources outside the host server. Server networks connected via the high-performance, low-latency InfiniBand interconnect are widely expected to replace Symmetric Multi-Processor (SMP) systems for many compute and I/O intensive applications, such as High-Performance Computing Clusters (HPCC) and parallel database clusters.
JNI's InfiniStar IBP-1x02 HCA Module is the first InfiniBand product to be incorporated into an OEM enterprise data center solution, the FAS900 series enterprise storage systems from Network Appliance. Early access versions of the new 4x HCA modules are currently available for OEM evaluation and qualification. General availability of new modules is planned for the first quarter of 2003, including full InfiniBand protocol support for the Linux operating system.
About JNI Corporation
JNI Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of connectivity products for the enterprise data center. JNI offers a broad line of Fibre Channel HBAs, ASICs and software for storage area networks, as well as HCA Modules for InfiniBand. JNI’s PCI, SBus and CompactPCI HBAs operate on Solaris, Windows 2000, Windows NT, HP-UX, AIX, Novell, Linux and Mac OS systems. JNI’s high availability HBAs and software are certified in single, multi-host and cluster environments for Windows NT and 2000, and Solaris. JNI customers, distributors and strategic partners include Acal FCS, Bell Microproducts, Brocade, Chaparral, Compaq StorageWorks, Consan, Crossroads, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, InfiniSwitch, Info X, Lane15 Software, Legato, LSI Logic, McDATA, Mellanox Technologies, Nishan Systems, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, TidalWire, Troika Networks and Veritas. Company headquarters is in San Diego, with offices throughout the U.S. and Europe. www.jni.com
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Forward Looking Statements
With the exception of historical information, the statements set forth above include forward-looking statements (including, without limitation, express or implied statements about the availability and features of planned InfiniBand products and technologies, growth in the market for InfiniBand and JNI's ability to timely develop InfiniBand products that achieve market acceptance) that involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These risks include: the rapidly changing technology in JNI's markets; the evolving industry standards; frequent introductions of new products and enhancements; the very early stage of development of the InfiniBand market; competition in JNI's markets; JNI's reliance on certain contract manufacturers, OEMs, distributors and key customers and the other risks discussed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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