Foundry, Chelsio strike 10 Gigabit alliance

* Foundry Networks, Chelsio Communications team up

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Foundry Networks and Chelsio Communications earlier this month inked an agreement to work together for the betterment of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (and themselves, of course).

Specifically, the two companies are zeroing in on high-performance computing needs, pledging to “work closely” to come up with products for high-speed networking applications.

That means several things, the most important of which is that the companies will do interoperability testing and benchmarking of Foundry’s Ethernet switches and Chelsio’s 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters. The companies say they’ll provide end-to-end performance measurements to help customers decide to buy their products. To their credit, they hired an independent tester, VeriTest, to verify their products’ capabilities. In fact, the report is available here (in PDF format):

The companies will also be marketing their products together for high-performance computing environments.

Foundry and Chelsio are among the companies participating in those really long 10 Gigabit Ethernet test networks, like the one I wrote about last month that stretched from Tokyo to Geneva:

These tests have helped Chelsio’s adapter to stand out, along with its capability to offload TCP/IP processing from its host. This capability helps servers reach their full potential in transferring data over 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

Interestingly, with the latest round of those 10 Gigabit Ethernet tests, the group performing the test claims, “At this transfer rate and distance, a full-length DVD can be transferred anywhere on the earth in less than five seconds.” I’m sure the MPAA would be happy to hear them use this particular application as a driver for 10 Gig.

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