InfiniBand. Back from the Dead?
This month, GigaOm published an article on InfiniBand, highlighting the technology and the increased acceptance of InfiniBand in the data center. In the article, Alex Benik notes that the recent growth in InfiniBand is due to the advantages in latency and density it enables. He writes:
“(The recent growth) highlights the broader recognition that as applications scale
out and become more distributed; networking latency has meaningful impact of
application performance. Looks like counting microseconds isn’t just for high
frequency trading anymore.”
The article also highlighted a number of areas of growth for InfiniBand, including:
- Web 2.0
While the IBTA has known all along that InfiniBand is alive and thriving, it is good to see recognition of its benefits in the broader market. Be sure to read the full GigaOm article to learn more, and stay tuned for more updates from the IBTA.
Interop New York
The IBTA and member companies attend a variety of industry events and tradeshows throughout each calendar year. In addition to the joint presence between the IBTA and the OpenFabrics Alliance each year at Supercomputing, the IBTA keeps a close eye on a number of shows, including Interop events.
October 1-5, 2012, Interop New York will be held in NYC, bringing together industry analysts and experts on the data center and enterprise computing. The conference will be broken into various focused tracks, including:
- Cloud Computing & Big Data
- Data Center
- IT Management
- Security & Risk Management
- Wireless & Mobility
Keep an eye out for IBTA member companies at Interop NY, including 3M, Hewlett Packard and IBM. If you’re interested in learning more about the discussions happening around the data center at Interop NY, be sure to check out the Interop website.
In August, the IBTA announced the results from April’s Plugfest 21’s InfiniBand device and cable conformance testing, as well as the latest additions to the IBTA Integrators’ List. During Plugfest 21 testers added the active cable time-domain testing procedures to the methodology for verifying vendor products for compliance with the InfiniBand architecture specification as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products. Agilent Technologies, Anritsu, Picosecond Pulse Labs and Tektronix provided equipment for the FDR (56Gb/s) InfiniBand cable and device testing.
The IBTA Integrators’ List, a compilation of all IBTA compliant products, is updated to reflect the test results from Plugfest 21 and is available for download. The list is updated every spring and fall, following the IBTA biannual Plugfest, and highlights the methodical testing and qualifying of various InfiniBand adapters, switches and cables.
Given the success of the previous Plugfests and the promising results from the active cable time-domain testing, the IBTA extended Plugfest 22 to a two-week event, Oct. 15–26, 2012, and will take place at the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Interoperability Lab (IOL).
This event will provide an opportunity for participants to measure their products for compliance with the InfiniBand™ architecture Specification as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products.
The schedule for Plugfest 22 is follows:
October 15 - 19 – Cable testing
October 22 - 26 – Device compliance testing
Questions, comments, or any other information related to the Plugfest? Please email us.
Supercomputing 2012 is quickly approaching, and as the IBTA and SC prepare for the event, we’ve been keeping a close eye on all InfiniBand-related SC12 topics. Be sure to register now to take advantage of the great schedule of sessions for the upcoming conference.
Additionally, SC12 recently released the technical program schedule, which includes a variety of tutorials, panels and paper presentations, including the following InfiniBand-focused sessions:
- InfiniBand and High-speed Ethernet for Dummies; Monday, November 12, at 8:30am
- Designing High-End Computing Systems with InfiniBand and High-Speed Ethernet; Monday, November 12 at 1:30pm
- High Performance RDMA-Based Design of HDFS over InfiniBand; Tuesday, November 13, at 4:00pm
- Exascale and Big Data IO - Which Will Drive Future IO Architectures, Standards and Protocols – Should They be Open or Proprietary, Wednesday, November 14, at 1:30pm
- Design of a Scalable InfiniBand Topology Service to Enable Network-Topology-Aware Placement of Processes; Wednesday, November 14, at 4:30pm
Be sure to check out the SC12 website for more information on the upcoming conference, November 10-16, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and stay tuned to the IBTA’s events page to learn more about the joint effort between the OFA and IBTA at SC12.