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Mellanox Technologies Joins Forces with Leading European Organizations to Advance Breakthroughs in the Programmability of Multi-core Architectures

New €3.5 Million ParaPhrase Project Aims to Improve the Speed and Performance of Modern Parallel Computing Technology for High Performance Computing

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SUNNYVALE, CA. and YOKNEAM, ISRAEL – October 12, 2011 – Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX; TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced it has partnered with leading European organizations in academia and industry in a new joint ParaPhrase Project titled ‘Parallel Patterns for Adaptive Heterogeneous Multi-core Systems’. The world-leading €3.5 million research project, funded by the European Commission, aims to improve the speed and performance of modern parallel computing technology by achieving breakthroughs in the programmability of multi-core architectures across the entire computing spectrum for high-performance computing, embedded and general-purpose.

After three decades, during which computer microprocessor speeds have increased almost 4000 times with the rapid growth of modern technology, users are starting to hit long-predicted physical limits on the speed of a single processor. With the emergence and development of mobile technology with multi-core processors including smartphones and iPads, computing experts around the world are increasingly battling to provide a solution to match the speed that modern society demands of its computer processors.

The ParaPhrase Project addresses a key technical problem currently limiting the use of integrated multi-core parallel systems by developing and deploying new high-level design patterns for parallel applications that allow alternative implementations which can be applied to the available hardware. Multi-core CPU and GPU systems offer the potential for both cheap, scalable high-performance computing and for significant reductions in power consumption. In order to achieve this, it is essential to leverage new heterogeneous architectures (comprising collections of multiple processing elements) by means of adaptable parallel computational patterns.

“A key technical problem limiting the use of integrated multi-core parallel systems is maintaining portable performance across different CPU/GPU combinations,” says Dr Horacio Gonzalez-Velez, lecturer from Robert Gordon University’s School of Computing in Aberdeen and principal investigator in the ParaPhrase project. “The core of the problem is in providing high-level programming support with a flexible implementation model. If developers are unable to design software to fully exploit the resources provided by multiple cores, then they will ultimately reach an insurmountable performance ceiling. We contend that the effective use of parallel patterns on virtual hardware instances can shed light on this challenge.”

Professor Kevin Hammond at the School of Computer Science at St Andrew’s University and ParaPhrase research project coordinator comments, “The benefits that could come as a result of the ParaPhrase research findings could help position Europe at the cutting edge of parallel computing and enable a state-of-the-art software programming paradigm for multi-core processors, helping to resolve a huge problem facing all computing technology users from individuals to major industry players.”

The ParaPhrase Project is supported by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development, the EU’s main instrument for funding research.  The research project garners expertise from six academic institutions and three industry specialists across five countries. The six academic institutions are St Andrews University, Robert Gordon University, University of Stuttgart in Germany, Queens University Belfast, and the Universities of Torino and Pisa in Italy. Experts from industrial partners include Mellanox Ltd in Israel, Erlang Solutions Ltd in the UK and the Software Competence Centre in Austria.

The project will commence in October 2011 and is scheduled for three years. For more information, please visit the project website: http://paraphrase-ict.eu/.

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