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Wed, Sep 14, 2011

InfiniBand® Trade Association Announces Webinar Series Detailing Use of InfiniBand-Related Technologies in the Enterprise Space

Webinar series examines remote direct memory access (RDMA) and its role in the modern data center


BEAVERTON, Ore. – Sept. 14, 2011 – The InfiniBand® Trade Association (IBTA), a global organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the InfiniBand™ specification, today announced it will be hosting a four-part free webinar series taking place this fall. The series will address the role of remote direct memory access (RDMA) technologies, such as InfiniBand and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) specification, in the enterprise data center, highlighting the rising importance of I/O technology in the on-going transformation of modern data centers. The webinars will also discuss how RDMA works, and specifically how RDMA can be implemented in enterprise data centers for greater efficiencies and cost savings.

The webinar series is geared toward enterprise data center owners, operator and end users who are looking for greater context around InfiniBand.  Anyone interested in learning more about InfiniBand is welcome to register. 

The InfiniBand webinar series will be offered on the following dates:


  • Friday, September 23, “Why I/O is Worth a Fresh Look”
  • Friday, October 21, “The Practical Approach to Applying InfiniBand in Your Data Center”
  • Friday, November 11, “InfiniBand Technology: No Magic, Just Solid Engineering”
  • Friday, December 9, “An Expanding Role for RDMA in Future Data Centers”


All webinars will be held at 11am ET / 8am PT. For more information, visit To register for any of the webinars, e-mail

Paul Grun, chief scientist at System Fabric Works, will lead the webinar series. Paul has worked for more than 30 years on server I/O architecture and design, ranging from large scale disk storage subsystems and RAID arrays to high performance networks. Paul has been focused on RDMA technologies for more than 12 years and has been a member of the IBTA since its inception. He has served as chair of the IBTA's Technical Working Group, contributed to the specification as a member of the Link Working Group, chaired the working group responsible for creating the RoCE specification and currently serves as an IBTA Director.  

“With the proliferation of virtualization and cloud computing, companies are facing constant demands to improve the efficiencies of their data center. InfiniBand and RDMA represent new technologies that allow IT managers to rethink I/O and question some limitations they have always accepted as a constant,” said Paul Grun, chief scientist at System Fabric Works. “InfiniBand has been proven in high performance computing and is now offering tremendous benefits to enterprise data centers. Through this webinar series, attendees will gain a better understanding of RDMA and InfiniBand, receive steps to apply this technology to their data center and discuss the future of data centers.”

About the InfiniBand® Trade Association
The InfiniBand® Trade Association was founded in 1999 and is chartered with maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand specification. The IBTA is led by a distinguished steering committee that includes HP, IBM, Intel, Mellanox, Oracle, QLogic and System Fabric Works. Other members of the IBTA represent leading enterprise IT vendors who are actively contributing to the advancement of the InfiniBand specification. The IBTA markets and promotes InfiniBand from an industry perspective through online, marketing and public relations engagements, and unites the industry through IBTA-sponsored technical events and resources. For more information on the IBTA, visit



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