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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter
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CONTENTS

InfiniBand Volume 1, Release 1.3 – The Industry Sounds Off
RoCE Benefits on Full Display at Ignite 2015
InfiniBand in the News
Member Announcements
Upcoming Tradeshows
 
BLOG HIGHLIGHT

Check out the latest happenings within the IBTA and InfiniBand community by viewing our blog.
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May 2015

InfiniBand Volume 1, Release 1.3 – The Industry Sounds Off

On March 10, 2015, IBTA announced the availability of Release 1.3 of Volume 1 of the InfiniBand Architecture Specification, which included improvements to scalability and management for both high performance computing and enterprise data centers. The announcement created a lot of excitement from industry experts and media.

Read an overview of what the industry said about the new specification on the IBTA blog.

RoCE Benefits on Full Display at Ignite 2015

Earlier this month at the 2015 Microsoft Ignite conference, attendees got a firsthand look at RoCE. Microsoft showcased two demonstrations of the RDMA over Converged Ethernet technology and the resulting benefits for Windows Server 2016. In both demos, RoCE technology showed significant improvements over Ethernet implementations without RDMA in terms of throughput, latency and processor efficiency. Learn more about these demonstrations on the
IBTA blog.

InfiniBand in the News

NASA’s Earth Science Supercomputer Balloons to 3.3 Petaflops

In what is being called an unprecedented upgrade, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is tripling the peak performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops to power NASA’s Earth science modeling efforts. A highlight of the new SGI clusters is the fully non-blocking interconnect fabric, where each 28-core node can communicate directly with every other node via FDR InfiniBand rated at 56 gigabits per second.

Read the full article on HPC Wire.

Survey Highlights HPC Pain Points

HPC consulting company X-ISS released the results of a survey conducted at SC14 about the challenges of operating and managing HPC systems. Questions were intended to cover a range of HPC challenges, or “HPC Pain Points” – relating to HPC installations as well as management and support. Participants were asked to rank ten questions on a scale from zero (no problem) to ten (it’s a major issue). Of note, almost two-thirds of those surveyed reported few issues managing multi-vendor hardware, cluster managers and schedulers. Additionally, 83 percent of respondents used InfiniBand for their HPC systems.

Read the X-ISS blog post for more details.

Perfect storm: How 3 cloud fronts will rain on your IT parade

Containers, converged networks and hardware commoditization will greatly influence future cloud and datacenter strategies. In particular, use of converged network infrastructure, 10Gig and faster Ethernet fabric, for both application and storage traffic will rise. Utilizing SMB 3 protocol and InfiniBand-compatible switches/10Gbps RDMA NICs on virtualization hosts and file server heads will enable SAN (or considerably better than SAN) speeds over converged Ethernet.

Read the full article on ZDNet.

Member Announcements

Mellanox Collaborates with Microsoft to Demonstrate Storage Replica over Long-Haul
Using MetroX

At the Ignite 2015 conference, Mellanox Technologies announced a storage replication solution over long distance collaboration with Microsoft. The collaboration utilizes Microsoft’s next generation Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica technology over Mellanox’s MetroX long-haul system and end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect solution, including adapters, switches, and cables, to enable data center expansion, high availability, rapid disaster recovery and improved utilization of remote storage infrastructures.

Read the full release for more details.

Upcoming Tradeshows

Red Hat Summit, June 23-26, 2015

Red Hat Summit is the premier open source technology event. Keynotes, breakout sessions, hands-on labs and more provide the training and insight that developers and IT professionals need to be successful. The Summit is ideal for connecting with fellow open source enthusiasts and experiencing the latest technology offering from Red Hat and their partners.

IBTA Member Companies that will be on hand at the event include the following:

  • Cisco
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Mellanox
  • NetApp

For more information, visit the event website.

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