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Wed, Nov 13, 2013

IBTA and OFA to Discuss Advancements in Server and Storage I/O Technology at SC13

Computing experts will lead discussions on I/O architectures for future applications at upcoming supercomputing conference.

BEAVERTON, ORE and AUSTIN, TX – November 13, 2013 –  InfiniBand® Trade Association (IBTA), a global organization dedicated to maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand™ specification, and the  OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), an open source community focused on developing the OpenFabrics Software for high-performance networking applications, today announced that member company representatives will discuss the future of I/O architectures for improved application performance and efficiency during a number of technical programs at SC13, taking place November 17-22 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. 

The IBTA-moderated session entitled, “RDMA: Scaling the I/O Architecture for Future Applications,” will focus on new approaches to I/O architecture to meet Exascale requirements. Bill Boas with the IBTA will moderate the discussion between top industry technologists Sudip Dosanjh of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Rick Stevens of Argonne National Laboratory, Gary Grider of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Paul Grun of Cray. The panel session will take place on Wednesday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in room 301/302/303.

During its Emerging Technologies exhibit entitled, “Accelerating Improvements in HPC Application I/O Performance and Efficiency”, the OFA is presenting some ideas on how implementing a new framework of I/O APIs could increase performance and efficiency for classes of applications. The Emerging Technologies exhibit is at booth #3547. The OFA will also be giving a short talk on this subject in the Emerging Technologies theatre at booth #3947 on Tuesday, November 19 at 2:50 p.m.

Ideas presented at the OFA’s Emerging Technologies exhibit will be further developed in its Birds of a Feather (BoF) session, entitled “Discussing an I/O Framework to Accelerate Improvements in Application I/O Performance,” taking place on Thursday, November 21 at 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in room 601/603. The OFA-sponsored BoF session will discuss how developers and end-users can enhance and further encourage the growth of open source I/O software and will be moderated by Paul Grun of Cray and Sean Hefty of Intel.

Visit the IBTA and OFA at SC13 booth #4132 for more information and to meet member company representatives.

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 Technologies, 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 www.infinibandta.org.

About the OpenFabrics Alliance
The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association that develops, tests, licenses and distributes the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) – multi-platform, open-source software for high-performance, low-latency and energy-efficient computing. OFED is used in business, research and scientific environments that require fast and efficient networks, storage connectivity and parallel computing. OFED is free and is included in major Linux distributions, as well as Microsoft Windows. In addition to distributing OFED, the OFA conducts interoperability testing to ensure all releases meet multi-vendor enterprise requirements for security, usability and reliability. For more information about the OFA, visit www.openfabrics.org.

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