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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter
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CONTENTS

Observations from SC13
November TOP500 List
Microsoft Joins the IBTA Steering Committee
Extending the Functionality of RoCE
Looking Ahead to 2014
 
BLOG HIGHLIGHT

Check out the latest happenings within the IBTA and InfiniBand community by viewing our blog.
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December 2013

Observations from SC13

At this year’s Supercomputing Conference, InfiniBand and OpenFabrics technologies had a strong presence, amplifying their messages, drawing great attention to the jointly hosted IBTA-OFA booth and engaging with media and leaders in the HPC community. The booth featured a demonstration of how EDR cables were being tested in the IBTA compliance plugfests, displays of what our members were announcing and exhibiting in their booths and video testimonials along with open tables where members and attendees could congregate to discuss topics and relax on the exhibition floor.

During the conference, IBTA and OFA members partnered to participate in several technical programs. The OFA contributed to the Emerging Technologies exhibit, providing application developers and the providers of open source middleware architectures and interfaces some ideas on how implementing a new framework of I/O APIs could increase performance and efficiency for classes of applications. Paul Grun of Cray and Sean Hefty of Intel followed that up with a Birds of a Feather session implemented by the OFA. The session focused on discussing how the new framework could accelerate improvements in application I/O performance.

We also filmed a slew of member videos at SC13. Check them out on our website.

November TOP500 List

The November 2013 TOP500 list was released during SC13 and featured InfiniBand technology as a growing force in the HPC and data center space. The list showed the continued adoption of Fourteen Data Rate (FDR) InfiniBand, which is the fastest growing interconnect technology on the list. InfiniBand technology connects 48 percent of the Petascale capable systems on the list and over 40 percent of all supercomputers on the list.

The updated TOP500 list showed that InfiniBand is at the forefront of innovative and efficient computing, with a peak efficiency of 97 percent and an average efficiency of 86 percent. InfiniBand is the most efficient of interconnects on the TOP500, benefiting high performance computing and data center networking around the world.

Learn more on the IBTA blog.

Microsoft Joins the IBTA Steering Committee

In November, Microsoft announced its membership to the IBTA at the steering committee level. As an IBTA member, Microsoft will help drive forward RDMA specifications and standards to enable performance gains and reduce networking overheard on the CPUs in large, mainstream data centers.

Windows Azure already uses InfiniBand technology and will utilize RoCE in the future for Big Compute applications.

Read the full Microsoft blog here.

Extending the Functionality of RoCE

The Steering Committee recently approved the Technical Working Group to work on extending the functionality in the RoCE specification. Promoting this work was the proposal to add Layer 3 routing capability to the standard to meet the evolving needs of the data center. The TWG will also consider further enhancements to RoCE scalability and invite interested members to participate.

Looking Ahead to 2014

2013 was a great year for the IBTA with some notable achievements. Here are some of
the highlights:

  • TOP500 list in June announces continued adoption growth year-over-year. FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand is fastest growing interconnect technology on the list.
  • NASA uses InfiniBand network connections for efficient data transfer to its hyperwall-2. NASA announced in August its use of InfiniBand to view visualizations of the universe, the flow of energy in our oceans and simulations of new NASA developments.
  • Emulex joins the IBTA in October. Emulex, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, offers I/O and ultra high-performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products.

We look forward to what 2014 has in store for the IBTA and we will see you all in January!

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