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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter
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CONTENTS

IBTA Announces Fall Webinar Series
20th IBTA Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest
IBTA to Exhibit at SC11
Bing Uses InfiniBand
InfiniBand Solutions Catalog
IBTA Specification of FDR/EDR Link Speeds
Join the IBTA's Social Media Communities
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BLOG HIGHLIGHT

Check out the latest happenings within the IBTA and InfiniBand community by viewing our blog. Now posted: “InfiniBand at VMworld!”
CALENDAR

Why I/O is Worth a Fresh Look, Webinar, September 23, 2011
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IBTA Plugfest #20, UNH-IOL, October 31, 2011 – November 4, 2011
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SC11, Seattle, November 12-18, 2011
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SEPTEMBER 2011

IBTA ANNOUNCES FALL WEBINAR SERIES
The webinar series will address the role of remote direct memory access (RDMA) technologies, such as InfiniBand and the recently released 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 www.infinibandta.org/webinars. To register for any of the webinars, e-mail press@infinibandta.org.

20th IBTA COMPLIANCE AND INTEROPERABILITY PLUGFEST
Dates for the 20th IBTA Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest have been set for October 31, 2011 – November 4, 2011. Testing is hosted at the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab which includes more than 32,000 square feet of lab space. Plugfests provide an opportunity for InfiniBand™ device and cable vendors to test their products for compliance with the InfiniBand architecture specification, as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products. Testing will include both cable and device testing for SDR – FDR products.
Contact ibta_plugfest@soft-forge.com for more information.

IBTA TO EXHIBIT AT SC11
The IBTA & OFA will be jointly hosting a 20x20 booth at SC11 in Seattle, November 12-18 (booth #6010 – see online floor plan). Limited sponsorship slots are still available. Booth sponsorship includes a host of marketing opportunities including: your corporate logo on booth signage and promotional materials, presentation slots in our booth theater, demo space, opportunity to distribute your corporate materials, and access to booth leads.

If you are interested in increasing your company's presence for the show, please contact press@infinibandta.org. Sponsorship is $3,000 per sponsoring company.

BING USES INFINIBAND
In July, Dell announced its work with Bing Maps to create a dedicated imagery processing microsite to support Streetside, Bird’s Eye, aerial and satellite image types provided by Bing Maps. Dell’s Modular Data Centers combined with Mellanox InfiniBand networking were the building blocks of the new highly efficient microsite. The Bing Maps team set out to build a powerful, scalable microsite to support image processing for Bing Maps. The challenge was to design a modular outdoor solution that was optimized for power, space, network connectivity and workload performance. Dell’s Data Center Solutions (DCS) team worked in collaboration with Bing Maps’ engineers out of Boulder and networking partner Mellanox to deliver on Microsoft’s vision. Click here to see the full news release.

INFINIBAND SOLUTIONS CATALOG
The InfiniBand Solutions Catalog provides a comprehensive list of available InfiniBand applications and solutions for industry and customer use that are available on the market today. This catalog provides member companies with the opportunity to highlight their relevant products, while serving as a valuable resource for end users. The Product Showcase spotlights several entries from the catalog on the IBTA home page.

If you are an IBTA member and would like to add an entry to the InfiniBand Solutions Catalog, please follow the detailed instructions located in the members-only area of the website. Applications will be reviewed and a confirmation sent when the submission has been approved. If you already have products in the catalog, please ensure they are up to date.

IBTA SPECIFICATION OF FDR/EDR LINK SPEEDS
In a joint effort of the LWG, EWG and MGTWG, the specification of the extended link speeds was completed. The MGTWG (Management Working Group) has taken the challenge introducing the new hardware capabilities in a backward compatible manner (allow old management software to manage these new high speed ports). The complete set of modifications to the existing Volume 1 1.2.1 spec is available at the MGTWG errata spreadsheet.

JOIN THE IBTA'S SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNITIES
We invite you to stay connected with the InfiniBand Trade Association via our social media communities:
    Facebook: Join the IBTA Facebook community
    Twitter: Follow us @InfiniBandTrade.
    LinkedIn: Create a LinkedIn account – or sign in to your existing account – and search for the InfiniBand Trade Association under the Groups list. Submit your request to join the group.

Once you are a member of one of our communities, feel free to submit a photo or video from a recent event or start a discussion related to InfiniBand.

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