InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


IBTA Announces New Members: Bull, HP, Leoni
Plugfest 19 Wrap U
IBTA to Exhibit at SC11
OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop Presentations Available
Calling All Technical Writers in the InfiniBand Community
Join the IBTA's Social Media Communities

Check out the latest happenings within the IBTA and InfiniBand community by viewing our blog. Now posted: "IBTA Plugfest 19 Wrap Up."

ISC'11, Hamburg, Germany, June 19-23, 2011
SC11, Seattle, November 12-18, 2011

APRIL 2011

On April 18, the IBTA announced that Bull, HP and Leoni have joined the organization and that HP is the newest member of the steering committee. HP joins existing steering committee members: IBM, Intel, Mellanox, Oracle, QLogic and System Fabric Works. Members of the IBTA represent more than 40 of the leading enterprise IT vendors actively contributing to the advancement of the InfiniBand specification.

HP is the world's largest technology company and brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. Bull is an Information Technology company dedicated to helping corporations and public sector organizations optimize the architecture, operations and financial return of their Information Systems and mission-critical related businesses. Leoni is the leading provider of cables and cable systems to the automotive sector and other industries.

The IBTA welcomes these new members!

The latest IBTA Plugfest took place last week at UNH-IOL in Durham, NH. This event provided an opportunity for participants to measure their products for compliance with the InfiniBand architecture specification as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products. We were happy to welcome 21 vendors and we tested 22 devices, 235 DDR rated cables, 227 QDR rated cables and 66 FDR rated cables at the April 2011 event.

New for this latest Plugfest, we added beta testing for QSFP+ FDR Cables which support 54 Gb/sec data rate. We received a total of 66 cables supporting FDR rates and 5 of these were Active Fiber cables. Their performance bodes well for the new data rate supported in the IBTA Roadmap.

Vendor devices and cables successfully passing all required Integrators' List (IL) Compliance Tests will be listed on the IBTA Integrators' List and will be granted the IBTA Integrators' List Logo. We will also have comprehensive interoperability results available documenting the results of heterogeneous device testing using all of the cables submitted at the Plugfest. We're expecting to have the IBTA Integrators' List updated in time for ISC'11.

The IBTA & OFA will be jointly hosting a 20x20 booth at SC11 in Seattle, November 12-18 (booth #6006 – see online floor plan). Limited sponsorship slots are still available. Booth sponsorship includes a host of marketing opportunities including: your corporate logo on booth signage and promotional materials, presentation slots in our booth theater, demo space, opportunity to distribute your corporate materials, and access to booth leads.

If you are interested in increasing your company's presence for the show, please contact Sponsorship is $3,000 per sponsoring company.

The OpenFabrics Alliance just concluded its annual workshop, which took place April 3-6 in Monterey. This technical gathering of developers, technologists, supporters, end users and business professionals focused on users' experiences with RDMA and their future requirements for the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution software stack.

The workshop featured a Google keynote and daily headliners from Oak Ridge National Labs, IBM, Oracle and the analyst firm Intersect360. Topics discussed included several related to InfiniBand, as well as virtualization, Exascale computing, cloud computing and RDMA in HPC and the enterprise data center.

Presentations and videos from several of the sessions are available at > Press/Events > OFA Workshop. Watch for the OFA to make an announcement in the coming months with dates for the 2012 workshop.

The IBTA is issuing an RFQ for all technical writers in the InfiniBand community – particularly individuals within member companies. We have two requests for content development; you may respond to these jointly or as separate projects.

1) We'd like to create a two-part webinar series based on the popular Introduction to InfiniBand for End Users minibook. We need someone knowledgeable about InfiniBand who could use content from the minibook to create a slide deck suitable for two 30-minute webinars. You will be expected to present in the webinars, as well as respond to questions during a Q&A period. Timing: webinars to be delivered in May and June.

2) We'd like to create the next InfiniBand minibook. The Marketing Working Group will provide an outline for this book; high level topics will include InfiniBand in the data center, InfiniBand meeting the requirements of the cloud infrastructure, InfiniBand enabled DBMSs, InfiniBand-based components (e.g., Exadata), InfiniBand and virtualization and InfiniBand and data mining. Book length and format should be similar to the first minibook. Timing: content development to begin immediately; final book to be delivered in time for SC11 (November 12-18).

Please send all proposals and quotes, as well as any questions, to Deadline for responses is May 2, 2011. The IBTA owns all copyrights for content produced.

We invite you to stay connected with the InfiniBand Trade Association via our social media communities:
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