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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


IBTA Launches the RoCE Initiative!
To InfiniBand and Beyond – Supercomputing Support for NASA Missions
InfiniBand in the News
Member Announcements
Upcoming Tradeshows

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

June 2015

IBTA Launches the RoCE Initiative!

On June 23, 2015, the IBTA launched the RoCE Initiative, a new program to highlight the many benefits of RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and to facilitate the technology’s adoption in enterprise data centers. Through the initiative CIOs, data center architects, and systems engineers will have access to tutorials, case studies, and other resources to increase their understanding of RoCE and its benefits to further expand the adoption of the technology.

Several industry publications highlighted the announcement, including, ZDNet, Tom’s IT Pro and

Be sure to explore and check out the growing list of RoCE technical resources, which includes whitepapers, solution briefs and case studies. Also, watch and share our “What is RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)?” video for a brief overview of the technology.

To learn more about the RoCE Initiative’s goals and future plans, check out the IBTA blog.

To InfiniBand and Beyond – Supercomputing Support for NASA Missions

High performance computing has been integral to solving large-scale problems across many industries, including science, engineering and business. Some of the most interesting use cases have come out of NASA, where supercomputing is essential to conduct accurate simulations and models for a variety of missions. Did you know that InfiniBand technology is at the heart of NASA’s flagship supercomputer, Pleiades? Check out the IBTA blog for more interesting facts about NASA’s Pleiades supercomputer.

InfiniBand in the News

Inersect360 Research’s Annual HPC User Site Census Results

Inersect360 Research recently released the results of their annual HPC User Site Census: Storage survey. Of particular note, InfiniBand captured a 47% share of new storage systems installed in 2013+, suggesting successful competition against the higher speeds of Ethernet (10G, 40G and 100G).

Read HPC Wire’s overview of the survey for more details.

Member Announcements

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-4 Lx, the Most Cost-Efficient 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet Network adapter for Cloud, Web 2.0 and Enterprise Data Centers

Mellanox Technologies announced its ConnectX®-4 Lx 10/25/40/50 Gigabit Ethernet adapter to deliver optimal cost-performance and scalable connectivity for Cloud, Web 2.0 and storage platforms. The new offering is the first adapter designed to serve as a direct replacement for commonly deployed 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters and includes native hardware support for RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE).

Read the full release for additional details.

Mellanox Releases Open Source Code for “Soft-RoCE” to Accelerate Enterprise Deployments of RDMA

At the Red Hat Summit, Mellanox Technologies announced the release of “Soft-RoCE” – a software implementation of RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE). Resulting from a joint development effort with IBM and System Fabric Works, the freely-available software implementation of RoCE enables servers and storage systems to communicate with RDMA using any industry-standard Ethernet adapter. The open source software supports the RoCE Initiative within the InfiniBand Trade Association, which promotes multi-vendor RDMA over Ethernet solutions for cloud and enterprise data centers.

Read the full release for more information.

Upcoming Tradeshows

ISC High Performance, July 11 –16, 2015

The ISC High Performance conference is famous for its world-class program, with over 300 academia and industry leaders tackling the most important issues of supercomputing, industry innovation and new technologies. This year’s event will take place in Frankfurt, Germany.

IBTA Members exhibiting at ISC High Performance include:

  • Applied Micro (#1431)
  • Bull (#1230)
  • Cisco
  • Cray (#1112)
  • Emulex (#740)
  • Finisar Corporation (#613)
  • Fujitsu (#826)
  • HP (#732)
  • IBM (#928)
  • Intel (#930)
  • Lenovo (#1020)
  • Mellanox (905)
  • Oracle (#1223)
  • SGI (#910)

For more information, visit the event website.

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