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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


Member Announcements
InfiniBand in the News
Storage Visions Panel Recap
Upcoming Tradeshows

OFC Conference
March 17 – 20, 2015

GPU Technology Conference
March 22 – 26, 2015

IBTA Plugfest #27
April 13 – 24, 2015


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

January/February 2015

Member Announcements

Oracle Unveils X5 Systems with InfiniBand Networking

In January, IBTA member Oracle announced X5, the fifth generation of its engineered systems. Described by Oracle chairman Larry Ellison as “the future of the datacenter,” the X5 has integrated software, hardware and high-speed InfiniBand internal networking. InfiniBand is utilized in the X5’s system configuration, serving to increase connectivity speed in the network.

Read the full article from ZDNet.

InfiniBand in the News

Virtualizing HPCs with InfiniBand

In the past, there was much skepticism around virtualizing high performance computers (HPCs) due to obstacles such as non-uniform operating system software and the security risks of a multi-tenant environment. A recent case study from Johns Hopkins University illustrated the evolution major HPC operations are undergoing. The Johns Hopkins team was faced with a set of usage issues that reduced the effective performance of the installation by a large factor. Although the team expected an eight percent performance drop after virtualizing, they instead observed a two percent improvement. InfiniBand was a key player in maintaining and increasing performance during virtualization, acting as the HPC’s high-speed interconnect scheme which allowed for flexible orchestration of HPC clusters.

Read the TechTarget’s full article for more information.

Storage Visions Panel Recap

Mike Jochimsen, MWG co-chair, recently published a blog post recapping a panel he was part of at Storage Visions in Las Vegas on January 5. Mike discussed the benefits of Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) for storage traffic and specifically noted the benefits of using RoCE. He provided a more in-depth look at how the latest version of RoCE, RoCEv2 can be used in distributed storage environments to allow for flexible storage placement in the network. The blog also highlighted the event’s “Storage with Intense Network Growth (SWING)” theme and included insights from IBTA members such as Cisco and Mellanox.

Read the full post on the IBTA blog.

Upcoming Tradeshows

GPU Technology Conference, March 17 – 20, 2015

The GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in Silicon Valley is the world's largest GPU developer conference. This year, the conference will highlight the growing revolution in deep learning that can affect multiple aspects of computing. Below is a list of IBTA members exhibiting at GPU.

Members exhibiting:

  • Cisco
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Mellanox

For more information, visit the GPU website.

OFC, March 22 – 26, 2015

The OFC Conference is one of the world's leading global conferences for optical communications and networking professionals. The list below includes the IBTA members exhibiting at the Los Angeles-based event as well as their respective booth numbers. Registration and exhibitor booths are still open with early registration ending on February 23.

Members exhibiting (with booth #s)

  • Anritsu – 1309
  • Applied Micro – 2631
  • Broadcom – 1873
  • Cisco – 715
  • FCI USA – 1654
  • Finisar – 1403
  • Hitachi – 1361
  • Mellanox – 2419
  • Molex – 1924
  • Samtec – 1849
  • Sumitomo – 1625
  • TE Connectivity – 1417,1566
  • Tektronix – 1866,2039

To register or find more information, visit the OFC website.

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