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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


Plugfest 21
Member Company Spotlight: Oracle
ISC’12 Call for Posters
SC12 Call for Papers
HPC Advisory Council Wrap-Up

Check out the latest happenings within the IBTA and InfiniBand community by viewing our blog.

OpenFabrics Alliance User and Developer Workshop, Monterey, California, March 25 – 28, 2012
IBTA Plugfest 21, UNH-IOL, April 16 – 20, 2012

MARCH 2012

Plugfest 21

April 16-20, 2012
University of New Hampshire (UNH) Interoperability Lab (IOL)
Durham, New Hampshire

The Plugfest provides an opportunity for participants to measure their products for compliance with the InfiniBand™ architecture specification as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products. Plugfest registration will open prior to the event. Check the website often for updates on the event.

Vendor devices and cables that successfully pass all required Integrator’s List Compliance Tests and Interoperability procedures will be added on the IBTA Integrators’ List and granted the IBTA Integrators' List Logo.

Before you head to Plugfest, be sure to check out the testing policies and procedures here.

Questions, comments, or any other information related to the Plugfest, please email:

Member Company Spotlight: Oracle
By Steve Callahan

Each month we will be spotlighting one of our member companies to discover what they are doing in the marketplace and why they are a part of the IBTA. If you would like your company to be highlighted or have a specific announcement or event that should be included in the monthly e-newsletter, please email Rachel Austin.

Why is Oracle a member of the IBTA? And how has Oracle participated in the IBTA?
Oracle recognizes the importance of InfiniBand (IB) technology in the future of the enterprise datacenter. InfiniBand hardware and software is the high-speed fabric for Oracle’s engineered systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, SPARC SuperCluster, Oracle Big Data Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and many others.

Sun, now part of Oracle, was a founder and Steering Committee member of the InfiniBand Trade Association. Oracle remains a member of the IBTA’s Steering Committee. Members of Oracle’s R&D organization have participated in the IBTA’s working groups to develop and advance the InfiniBand standards. Oracle engineers actively contribute to the community source base with technologies such as Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS).

What should IBTA members know about Oracle?
Oracle has pioneered the use of InfiniBand technology in the enterprise data center, enabling its complete hardware and software stack with the performance and scalability afforded by InfiniBand. Oracle was the first to introduce InfiniBand’s RDMA capabilities into enterprise distributed databases with Oracle Database 10g RAC and has continued its leadership in RDMA-enabled enterprise software to the mid-tier with Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. To support its storage, application, middleware, and database software, Oracle has hardened the InfiniBand software stacks within Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux for mission critical environments. In addition, to enable high-performance storage, Oracle has implemented NFS/RDMA, iSER, and SRP initiators and targets in its operating systems and virtualization products. Oracle’s family of enterprise class InfiniBand switches provides a secure and highly available fabric infrastructure for business systems deployments. Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances are leading enterprise class storage systems with extensive InfiniBand software and hardware support for both file and block storage.

Are there any upcoming products announcements or events from Oracle that IBTA members should know about?
Oracle continues to innovate with IB at an unparalleled pace. Oracle is investing in future InfiniBand capabilities such as Enhanced Data Rate (EDR), fabric resident network services, fabric security enhancements, server and fabric virtualization, InfiniBand storage, and OS bypass protocols leveraging the verbs API. The IBTA is vital to the advancement of the standards-based and open technologies that Oracle selects and integrates into its product offerings.

If someone has questions about Oracle products or wants information about the above answers, where should they go for more information/who should they contact?
To learn more about Oracle InfiniBand products and the benefits of Oracle’s engineered systems, please contact an Oracle sales representative, or visit

This information is for informational purposes only and may not be incorporated into a contract or agreement.

ISC’12 Call for Posters

This year’s ISC’12 is providing attendees and exhibitors with multiple ways to get involved, including submitting a poster for review by the ISC’12 Research Poster Committee. Submitting a poster for review during The Research Poster Session is an excellent opportunity for presenting latest research results, new projects and innovations. Twenty posters will be chosen to present at ISC’12 and one will win the ISC'12 Research Poster Award.

ISC’12 topics for poster submission include:


  • Multicore/manycore systems
  • Heterogeneous systems (FPGAs, GPGPUs etc.)
  • Network technology

Storage & Data

  • File systems & tape libraries
  • Data intensive applications


Algorithms & Analysis

  • Scalability on future architectures
  • Performance evaluation & tuning

Future Trends

  • Exascale HPC
  • HPC in the Cloud

Large Scale Simulations

  • Coupled simulations
  • Industrial simulations


  • Other innovative aspects of HPC


Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance: Friday, May 4, 2012
  • Research Poster Session: June 18–20, 2012


To submit a poster, send an abstract (1,500 characters max.) and a poster draft to by April 9, 2012. Please indicate in your accompanying e-mail the name and address of the corresponding author and the topic area according to the list above (posters without indication of the topic area will not be accepted).

Submitted posters will be reviewed by the ISC’12 Research Poster Committee and evaluated based on their originality, significance, quality and clarity. A minimum of 20 posters will be accepted for presentation at ISC’12. By submitting a poster, you agree to present your poster at ISC’12 in Hamburg, Germany; poster presenters need to be registered ISC’12 participants.

Note: The final posters may not exceed A0 portrait paper size (841mm x 1189mm / 33.1" x 46.8").

If your company is interested in creating a poster for the upcoming event, June 17-21, Hamburg, Germany, check out the website here.

Join IBTA member companies attending ISC’12, including: InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter

SC12 Call for Papers

Abstract submissions for SC12 are due April 20, with full technical papers due April 27. If your company is interested in submitting a technical paper on one of the following nine HPC-related topics, visit the SC12 website for more info.

  • Algorithms
  • Applications
  • Architectures and Networks
  • Clouds and Grids
  • Performance, Energy, and Dependability
  • Programming Systems
  • Storage, Visualization, and Analytics
  • System Software
  • State of Practice

Papers must be submitted electronically via the website

Learn more about the submission process and requirements here.

And don’t forget that this year’s Supercomputing Conference is happening November 16-18, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Learn more about the event here.

High Performance Computing by Any Other Name Smells So Sweet
Taken from the ISC HPC Blog by Peter Ffoulkes

This month, the annual HPC Advisory Council meeting took place in Switzerland, stirring many discussions about the future of big data, and the available and emerging technologies slated to solve the inundation of data on enterprises.

On the ISC blog Peter Ffoulkes from TheInfoPro writes that the enterprise is finally starting to discover that HPC is the pathway to success, especially when it comes to Big Data Analytics.

“Going back to fundamentals, HPC is frequently defined as either compute intensive or data intensive computing or both. Welcome to today’s hottest commercial computing workload, “Total Data” and business analytics. As described by 451 Research, “Total Data” involves processing any data that might be applicable to the query at hand, whether that data is structured or unstructured, and whether it resides in the data warehouse, or a distributed Hadoop file system, or archived systems, or any operational data source – SQL or NoSQL – and whether it is on-premises or in the cloud”.

According to Ffoulkes, the answer to the total data question will remain in HPC. This week, many of us attended the OpenFabrics Alliance User and Developer Workshop and discussed these same topics: enterprise data processing needs, cloud computing, big data, and while the event has ended I hope the discussions continue as we look to the future of big data.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Peter’s thoughts in his full blog post.

Jim Ryan

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