Cisco Systems, Inc. has announced the Cisco Nexus 3548 with Algorithm Boost technology, a new networking innovation which delivers up to 60% network-access performance improvement over competing full-featured 10 Gigabit ethernet switches.
Designed for use in high performance computing, high performance trading, and big data environments, this new switch offers network-access performance as low as 190 nanoseconds, a performance improvement enabled by the Algo Boost technology developed by silicon engineers at Cisco.
The Cisco Nexus 3548 with Algo Boost enhances the Cisco High Performance Trading Fabric architecture that helps enable business agility and intelligence for customers without imposing performance or latency penalties.
The Nexus 3548 one-rack-unit (1RU) 10 GB Ethernet switch running in "warp mode" offers latencies as low as 190 ns in those environments with small to medium Layer 2 and Layer 3 scaling requirements.
The ultra-low-latency switch also facilitates the delivery of stock market data to financial trading servers in as little as 50 ns with the warp switch port analyzer (SPAN) feature. The Nexus 3548 also includes Hitless Network Address Translation (NAT), a critical feature to allow algorithmic traders to easily connect to any trading venue they desire without any latency penalty.
Cisco Nexus 3548 switch latency speeds were verified using Spirent TestCenter across various workloads and using testing specifications developed jointly with Spirent Communications.
David Yen, senior vice president of Data Center Group at Cisco, said: "Today, Cisco has leapfrogged our competitors in delivering a full featured switch that offers the lowest latency Ethernet in the networking industry. The Nexus 3548 with the unique Cisco Algo Boost technology implemented in ASIC provides a robust feature set to give financial traders more control over their sophisticated trading algorithms and respond more quickly to the changes in the market.
"In addition to the performance, this unique ultra-low-latency Ethernet technology is part of the unified data center fabric and offers strong total cost of ownership for commercial high-performance computing and big data environments as well as scale-out storage topologies."