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Mellanox’ high throughput and low latency enables supercomputing bigger picture in Africa

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JOHANNESBURG– October 09, 2018 – Many people are simply unaware that the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), which is based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Cape Town, is home to the fastest computer on the continent. Africa’s most powerful supercomputer is currently ranked 167 on the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful computers. This list is published twice a year and the TOP500 list provides an important tool for tracking trends in high performance computing.

This was discussed recently at a Mellanox Technologies event in Johannesburg, at which the advantages offered by Mellanox’ intelligent interconnect solutions were presented. These solutions, which are distributed in Africa by value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa, increase data centre efficiency by providing high throughput and low latency, thereby delivering data faster to applications, and unlocking system performance, allowing the CHPC’s supercomputer to help drive new research, new innovations and new national economic benefits through its processing speed and computing power.High throughput, low latency, agnostic technologySpeaking at the event, Yossi Avni, Mellanox Technologies VP sales EMEA, said, “Around 90 percent of the world’s data has been created in the past two years, meaning that the world has produced a ‘tidal wave’ of data which correspondingly needs to be managed. The future depends on the fastest interconnects, and with Mellanox, you are able to reduce your application wait-time for data, thereby dramatically increasing your return on investment on data centre infrastructure. Mellanox increases its performance approximately every two and a half years, and simultaneously cuts the latency.”


icomm, Vivienne Fouché, +27 (0) 82 602 1635, vivienne@pr.co.za, www.icomm-pr.co.za




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