ScaleMP Extends Virtualization to Larger Workloads

ScaleMP, a provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, introduced a new version of its server virtualization for aggregation software platform, designed to help companies handle larger workloads, larger applications and support more and more building block component servers.

The additional capacity offered through vSMP Foundation 3.0 should enable companies to manage their distributed virtual machine infrastructure from a single point of control, Shai Fultheim, founder and CTO of ScaleMP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The expanded feature set ensures that customers with very large workloads have the flexibility to create the type of systems they need without having to invest in a costly proprietary option, he observes.

vSMP Foundation 3.0 offers modular scale, raising the upper limits of vSMP Foundation to address larger workloads by creating virtual SMPs with 128 server systems, where each can have up to 128 CPUs (core or threads) totaling 16,384 CPUs. In addition, the new release supports maximum memory and expands to support VMs with up to 64TB of RAM.

The release also provides increased performance with improved backplane bandwidth. Adding to the existing fault-tolerant capabilities and allowing failover of the networking interconnect from one InfiniBand connection to another, vSMP Foundation 3.0 enables use of multiple InfiniBand host channel adaptors (HCAs) in parallel and uses advanced algorithms to balance the traffic between the parallel InfiniBand connections. The use of InfiniBand multi-path networking included with this release improves overall system performance and is recommended for deployments that have a high number of cores.

vSMP Foundation also supports the latest Intel processors, Nehalem-EX and Westmere-EP. In addition, an expanded set of host bus adaptors (HBAs) from LSI and Emulex, as well as support for Broadcom's 10-Gigabit Ethernet cards for customers provide the ability for users to connect a virtual SMP with an extended set of peripheral devices, including a 10GbE network.

For more information about vSMP Foundation, go here.