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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


InfiniBand Updates
RoCE Updates
Upcoming Tradeshows
Member Announcements

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

July 2015

InfiniBand Updates

InfiniBand Powers More than 50 Percent of the World’s Most Powerful Systems
on the TOP500

Earlier this month, released the 45th edition of its TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The IBTA was excited to see that for the first time InfiniBand is powering more than 50 percent of the TOP500, which further solidifies its reign as the most widely used high performance interconnect. The list reported that InfiniBand powers 257 systems, 51.4 percent of the list – a 15.8 percent year-over-year growth from June 2014.

For additional details, check out IBTA’s full release.

RoCE Updates

RoCE Initiative: What the Industry is Saying

Last month, IBTA launched the RoCE Initiative to advance the RoCE ecosystem by driving adoption of RDMA over Converged Ethernet. We met with leading press and analysts to introduce them to the new effort and to share details about our plans to provide educational resources for CIOs, enterprise data center architects and system engineers through white papers, case studies and training webinars.

Check out the RoCE blog to hear what they had to say about the new effort.

RoCE Gives Ethernet Latency and Efficiency One-Two Punch

Some of the Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) techniques that give InfiniBand its low latency have been applied to Ethernet networks through a few protocols with varying degrees of market acceptance. One such protocol, RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), is getting a big push from the InfiniBand community, and it could be poised to see much wider adoption in datacenters swamped with data and being hammered on by impatient end users and distributed applications alike.

Read the complete article on The Platform.

RoCE Initiative White Paper – Soft-RoCE; RDMA Transport in a Software Implementation

With the advent of RoCE, data centers utilizing an Ethernet or mixed-protocol fabric are now able to experience the performance and efficiency benefits of RDMA technology. However, until now RoCE has been confined to a hardware implementation. One new project changing this model is Soft-RoCE, a software implementation of the RDMA transport that makes RoCE technology available over any Ethernet-enabled servers.

Read the RoCE Initiative white paper to learn more about Soft-RoCE.

Upcoming Tradeshows

Flash Memory Summit, August 11 – 13, 2015

The Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA, is the world’s largest conference dedicated to flash memory technology, showcasing flash-based storage solutions from leading supplies revolutionizing every aspect of the datacenter. Through keynotes, technical session and exhibit floor booths, attendees will learn about the latest flash trends and developments driving the industry.

IBTA Members exhibiting at Flash Memory Summit include:

  • Amphenol (#502)
  • HP (#600-602)
  • Mellanox (#817)
  • NetApp (#511)
  • QLogic (#324)
  • Tektronix (#641)
  • UNH-IOL (#719)

For more information, visit the event website.

Intel Developers Forum (IDF), August 18 – 20, 2015

The Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, CA, is a gathering of technologist, developers and manufacturers that work with and develop solutions based on Intel products and services. This event is a great opportunity to see firsthand what industry experts have planned for tomorrow’s technical innovations.

IBTA Members exhibiting at IDF San Francisco include:

  • Anritsu
  • Cisco
  • HP
  • Intel
  • Mellanox
  • Microsoft
  • QLogic
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, LTD

For more information, visit the event website.

Member Announcements

Cirrascale and Applied Micro Introduce Next Generation Platform Based on X-Gene® Technology for High Performance Computing Environments

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation and Cirrascale Corporation® announced the RM2916 High Performance Computing (HPC) Platform. The platform is based on AppliedMicro's award-winning X-Gene® 64-bit ARM processor, the industry's only production 64-bit ARM server processor, an upgraded NVIDIA Tesla® K40 GPU and the high speed Mellanox ConnectX®-3 56 Gbps InfiniBand adapter. Combined, these features deliver not only high performance, but low TCO for HPC and enterprise applications.

Read the full release for additional details.

Jülich Supercomputing Centre Selects Mellanox End-to-End EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Solution for New Supercomputer System

Mellanox Technologies announced its EDR 100Gb/s solution has been selected to accelerate the new large-scale supercomputer JURECA at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, provided by T-Platforms and ParTec. Mellanox’s end-to-end EDR InfiniBand 100Gb/s solutions, consisting of ConnectX®-4 adapters, Switch-IB™ switch systems, LinkX™ cables, and HPC-X™ software, will enable JURECA with leading, scalable application performance and system efficiency for their variety of HPC workloads.

Read the full release for more information.

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