The enhanced switches are being announced today to coincide with the HPC for Wall Street conference in New York — yet another example of how important the deep-pocketed, performance-obsessed financial sector is to switch vendors. Arista got its start by catering to high-speed traders, and Cisco followed suit with the Nexus 3000 line of switches.
Juniper’s new QFX5100-AA is a fixed-format, 40-Gb/s switch for application acceleration. It comes with an acceleration module, the QFX-PFA, which is based on an Altera Stratix V FPGA. The PFA module isn’t built as a rack-mounted switch; it’s a compact, squat little box, as you can see in this Juniper blog entry.
Maxeler sells single-rack-unit HPC hardware, targeting vertical sectors such as financial services or the oil industry. In the partnership with Juniper, Maxeler will contribute algorithms for the QFX — the goal being the screamingly fast speeds that traders crave.
Both of the new Juniper QFX products are due to be available in the third quarter.