Shenzhen Genomics Institute (SGI) Selects Force10 Networks 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switching Solutions for Its Human Gene Sequencing Computation Projects

The core-to-edge switching solution provides the high performance, low latency and scalability that SGI needed to process complex computations involved in gene sequencing

PR Newswire — January 18, 2011

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Force10 Networks, Inc., a global technology leader, today announced that the Shenzhen Genomics Institute (SGI) has deployed its C-Series(TM) resilient chassis-based switches and its S-Series (TM) access switches to deliver core-to-edge switching solutions for the institute’s high-performance computing network environment. The high-performance Force10 solution has played a pivotal role in distributing large amounts of compute resources and network traffic resulting from SGI’s human gene sequencing computation projects.


“The line-rate performance, resiliency and scalability of the Force10 switches provided us with a practical solution for the demanding requirements of our servers, memory and network,” said Fang Lin, administrator, SGI’s computation platform. “We believe that the high performance, low latency and inherent reliability of Force10 switches significantly contributed to the successful implementation of many large-scale gene sequencing projects.”

All of the Force10 switches deployed at SGI run the modular Force10 Operating System (FTOS) software. Designed to provide enhanced consistency, reliability, scalability and serviceability, FTOS is purpose-built to streamline network management, reduce unplanned downtime related to operational error and lower the total cost of network ownership.

SGI has deployed the Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10 GbE functionality of the Force10 C300 and C150 resilient switches as well as its S2410 and S50 access switches.

The Force10 C-Series is designed to provide inherent reliability and scalability for high performance Ethernet environments, such as SGI. The Force10 S-Series is designed to provide high-density GbE and 10 GbE network performance in a modest form factor. Its high flexibility and high density meet the requirements of PoE wiring cabinet-type environments and wireless core flexibility and high availability. As an example, the Force10 S2410, a 24-port 10 GbE switch with a switching latency of less than 300 nanoseconds, provides rapid and predictable performance required to efficiently move data out to the network edge without impacting computing performance.

“Leading scientific organizations, such as SGI, and high-performance computing deployments in general, drive the cutting edge architectures in performance and latency,” said Arpit Joshipura, chief marketing officer, Force10 Networks. “Force10’s architecture provides unmatched performance and scalability needed in high-performance computing to give these institutes the best opportunity to provide state-of-the-art research, analysis and results.”

About Force10 Networks

Force10 Networks is a global technology leader that data center, service provider and enterprise customers rely on when the network is their business. The company’s high performance solutions are designed to deliver new economics by virtualizing and automating Ethernet networks. Force10’s high density and resilient Ethernet switching and routing products increase network availability, agility and efficiency while reducing power and cooling costs. Force10 provides 24×7 service and support capabilities to its global customer base in more than 60 countries worldwide. For more information on Force10 Networks, please visit

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