All said that the N card network speed fast, now, NVIDIA network card really came … On April 27, NVIDIA officially completed its acquisition of Melanox for $7 billion, or about 49.6 billion yuan, for the latter’s extensive high-performance network solutions. The marriage quickly blossomed, with NVIDIA’s third-generation DGX A100 workstation/personal supercomputer based on Ampere’s new architecture equipped with a Melanox ConnectX-6 VPI network solution, including eight single ports and one dual port.
Now, NVIDIA has officially released NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC, which is the world’s first highly secure and efficient 25G/50G Ether Smart Network Card to meet the needs of the fast-growing large-scale enterprise and cloud business, and is the first network card product to be named NVIDIA.
ConnectX-6 Lx is already the 11th generation of connectX network cards, designed to meet the needs of modern data centers, where 25G networks have become the standard for a variety of mainstream applications such as enterprise applications, AI, real-time analytics, and more.
The new ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC leverages advanced technologies such as software definition and hardware acceleration to uninstall more security and network processing from the CPU to the network card.
It supports security acceleration features such as IPsec online encryption and hardware trust root (Hardware Root of Trust), and connecttracking for stateful L4 firewalls delivers a 10x performance boost, enabling zero trust security across the data center.
Leading RoCE (RDMA over converged Ethernet) technology, advanced virtualization and containerization technology, NVMe over Fabrics storage unloading technology, accelerated switching and packet processing (ASAP2), and more, guarantee a high-performance scalable network and compatibility with all Melanox Smart Software NIC protocol stacks.
Melanox ConnectX-6 Lx offers two 25G ports or a 50G port with pcIe 3.0 x8 or PCIe 4.0 x8 channels between the host and the network.
The ConnectX-6 Lx Security Smart Card is currently in the sample stage and is expected to be fully available in the third quarter of 2020, with Lenovo, Red Hat and SuperMicro all taking it.