Fulcrum Microsystems demonstrates converged 10GbE Network with Chelsio’s Unified Wire Adapters at SC’08

Fulcrum To Demonstrate Converged 10GbE Network At SC08

Exhibit Shows How Fulcrum’s Lossless Ethernet can be used In Data Center to Support HPC, Web, Video and Storage Traffic

CALABASAS, CA. – Nov. 17, 2008 – Fulcrum Microsystems is demonstrating an end-to-end converged 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network in the Fulcrum booth (#1845) at the SC08 Supercomputing Show at the Austin, TX, Convention Center (Nov. 17-20).

The technology display pairs Fulcrum’s new Monacoв 24-port SFP+ switch reference design with Chelsio’s Unified Wire network adapters to demonstrate how lossless Ethernet fabrics can be built in the data center today. The booth configuration will show concurrent HPC, NFS, web, multicast video and Fibre Channel over Ethernet storage data flows across a single lossless Ethernet infrastructure. A key element is Fulcrum’s QoS feature set, which enables lossless Ethernet desirable for storage traffic to converge onto the same fabric carrying lossy Ethernet.

Teaming with Chelsio in this demonstration helps to show the real world applications of lossless Ethernet and how it can fulfill its promise of being a unified fabric for the data center. This demonstration can change the minds of those who think that all of the components aren’t available to make Ethernet a strong contender in the data center, said Mike Zeile, president and chief operating officer of Fulcrum Microsystems.

The Converged Network along with corporate initiatives driving server virtualization are key elements in the design of new green data centers. This demonstration shows that real world applications can be run concurrently over a single unified 10 Gb Ethernet network without compromising performance, modifying software and will utilize your existing network infrastructure, said Kianoosh Naghshineh, president and CEO of Chelsio. Fulcrum Microsystems and Chelsio together provide a very high throughput, low latency fabric that is uniquely positioned to consolidate data, storage and clustering traffic on a single network you can deploy in your data center today.

Monaco is a 1U-high, 10GbE switch platform with 24 SFP+ ports. Monaco features VantagePoint technology with enhanced congestion management capabilities combined with the low 300ns L3 latency provided by Fulcrum’s FocalPoint silicon.

About Fulcrum Microsystems
Fulcrum Microsystems Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company that has developed the FocalPoint family of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) switch/router chips for next-generation data center fabric designs. FocalPoint devices offer the industry’s lowest latency combined with the fine-grained flow control and high throughput required for converged data center fabrics.  With its ControlPoint network OS, Fulcrum offers a complete solution along with a worldwide ecosystem of partners from which storage and clustering system designers can drive adoption of 10GbE as the fabric of choice for a fully converged data center.  More information can be found at www.fulcrummicro.com.

About Chelsio Communications Inc.
Chelsio Communications is leading the convergence of networking, storage and clustering interconnects with its robust, high-performance and proven unified wire technology.  Featuring a highly scalable and programmable architecture, Chelsio is shipping 10-Gigabit Ethernet and multi-port Gigabit Ethernet adapter cards, delivering the low latency and superior throughput required for high-performance computing applications.  For more information, visit the company online at http://www.chelsio.com.


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