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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


Observations from SC12
IBTA Releases New InfiniBand Architecture Specification
IBTA Member Survey
See you in 2013

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December 2012

Observations from SC12

The week of Supercomputing went by quickly and resulted in many interesting discussions around supercomputing and its role in both HPC and enterprise data center environments. The conference this year saw a huge diversity of attendees from various countries, with major participation from top universities, which seemed to be on the leading edge of Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) and InfiniBand deployments.

Overall, we saw InfiniBand and OpenFabrics technologies continue their strong presence at the conference. InfiniBand dominated the Top500 list and is still the #1 interconnect of choice for the world’s fastest supercomputers. The Top500 list also demonstrated that InfiniBand is leading the way to efficient computing, which not only benefits high performance computing, but enterprise data center environments as well.

We also engaged in several discussions around RDMA. Attendees, analysts specifically, were interested in new products using RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and their availability, and were impressed that Microsoft Server 2012 natively supports all three RDMA transports, including InfiniBand and RoCE. Another interesting development was that InfiniBand customer Microsoft Windows Azure, and their increased efficiency placing them at 165 on the Top500 list.

Read the full post on the IBTA blog.

IBTA Releases New InfiniBand Architecture Specification

At SC12, the IBTA announced Release 1.3 of Volume 2 of the InfiniBand Architecture Specification. The new specification is aligned with IBTA’s long-term roadmap, providing a low-latency, high-bandwidth interconnect solution which provides low processing overhead and is ideal to carry multiple traffic types (clustering, communications, storage, management) over a single connection. The latest release introduces improved data transfer speeds of 56 and 168 Gb/s and enhances interoperability between devices and cables.

InfiniBand Release 1.3 improves testing methods for Quad Data Rate (QDR) and Fourteen Data Rate (FDR) speeds and lays the groundwork for Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) to emerge in 2013-2014. In addition to providing improved speed for faster data transfer and higher performance, the new specification also promotes increased efficiency and robustness. Systems compliant with the new specification are more power-efficient than those on previous generations, sending more data with less power. Data communication is reliable and robust as well, with support for actively managed passive and active copper and optical cables.

Read the full press release here.

IBTA Member survey

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In an effort to improve the IBTA’s membership benefits, the organization sends out an annual member survey. If you work for a member company and want to contribute your feedback, please take a moment to respond to the 5-10 min survey here.

Here’s to another great year in 2013!

See you in 2013

2012 was a great year for the IBTA. And while we look forward to 2013, the Marketing Working Group (MWG) wanted to take this opportunity to relive some of the exciting work and conversations we saw in 2012. Below, we’ve included our highlights of the year.

  • TOP500 list announces that 45 percent of supercomputers use InfiniBand. This marked InfiniBand’s highest adoption point of the TOP500 list to date, with 224 of the TOP500 computers using InfiniBand as interconnect.
  • Taneja Group finds InfiniBand adoption has increased in HPC. Analyst firm Taneja Group found in 2012 that data centers are choosing to deploy InfiniBand to manage data and increase speed.
  • IBTA Plugfest uses first-ever cable domain testing. In April 2012, the IBTA’s bi-annual Plugfest integrated a new time-domain test into the Plugfest testing procedures, which gives a more complete audit of active assemblies against the IBTA specification.

We can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for InfiniBand and the IBTA and we look forward to seeing you all in January.

Happy holidays to you and yours,
Bill Lee & Jim Ryan
Co-Chairs of the MWG
InfiniBand Trade Association

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