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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


2012 Outlook from the MWG Chairs
What are you looking forward to in 2012?
OFA User and Developer Workshop, Monterey
Link Working Group Update

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

OpenFabrics Alliance User and Developer Workshop, Monterey, California,
March 25 – 28, 2012
IBTA Plugfest 21, UNH-IOL, April 16 – 20, 2012



Taken from the IBTA blog

As we begin 2012, the InfiniBand Trade Association is not only looking back on our successes in 2011, but also mapping out our areas for growth in the coming year. In 2011, the IBTA:
Continued to move toward Exascale level computing
Welcomed new members
Witnessed the world’s first FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand demonstration at ISC ’11
Plugged in our members at a Plugfest
Hosted a booth, gave presentations and showed a “world’s first“ at SC11
Kicked off a webinar series

And this is just a slice of 2011!

Exciting things are to come in 2012 including: an update to our minibook, more discussions/events around RoCE, and so much more. As we look to the future of InfiniBand, we want to broaden the InfiniBand story beyond the HPC into the enterprise, highlighting real-life deployments and showcasing the great work of our members. We know various market-verticals utilize InfiniBand in their storage solutions, such as financial services, cloud computing and manufacturing, and this year we plan to increase the visibility of these solutions by reaching out to you, our members, and spreading your success stories.

We look forward to the year ahead with the IBTA and the continued support and participation of our members.

Happy New Year!

Brian Sparks and Skip Jones

What are you looking forward to in 2012?

At the beginning of the month, we polled a selection of our members to determine what they were looking forward to in 2012 and why they are members of the IBTA. Below is a selection of the responses:

“During 2012, I'm looking forward to new record size InfiniBand systems implementations while maintaining lowest latency fabric performance.” – Atul S.

“For us the IBTA clearly exemplifies a well-executed, well lead standards body who understands the needs of the industries and the technologies that drives it. It serves well as the innovator and the common enabler of new technologies and offers a clear and compelling roadmap of the future in higher data rates.” – Will O.

“During 2012, I'm looking forward to vetting new interconnect technology that could be used to support and implement HDR and NDR next generation data rates.” – Ed C.

“In keeping ahead of the evolving higher data rate standards such as the QSFP: QDR, FDR; it just makes sense stay connected to InfiniBand.” – Doug W.

What are you looking forward to in 2012? Respond to us via Twitter or Facebook.

OFA User and Developer Workshop, Monterey

Registration for the OFA User and Developer Workshop is open. Have you registered yet?

Workshop Dates: March 25-28, 2012
Location: Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, California

Who should attend?

This workshop is open to anyone with the desire to provide collaborative input into the direction and mechanics of OFED; this includes developers, technologists, supporters, end users and business professionals. Non-OFA members welcome. Click here to register online.

Click here for more information about hotel accommodations and sponsorship opportunities. Stay tuned for a detailed agenda of the event.

Link Working Group Update

The first meeting of the Link Working Group (LWG) of 2012, took place on Tuesday, January 10, and was dedicated to a new challenge presented to the LWG.

Throughout the majority of last year, the GID-based LID address extension technique has been discussed by the Technical Working Group (TWG) and gained consensus. Recently, the TWG has tasked the LWG with processing the technology proposal into a specification.

Over the coming months, the LWG will shape the specification of this exciting technology, which will enable high density physical and virtual clusters to be built and enjoy the benefits of InfiniBand.

Check out the monthly newsletter for future updates.

Nir Arad, Mellanox
Link Working Group Chair


This year, the IEEE-recognized global conference and exhibition for high performance computing, networking and storage, will be kicking off on June 17–21, 2012, in Hamburg, Germany.

Topics for ISC'12 include:
GPUs and Accelerators versus Manycore CPUs
Future Heterogeneous Architectures
Best Practices of Large-Scale Applications across Industries
Scalable Programming in the Exascale Era
Critical Aspects of High Performance Networking
The Realities and Challenges of HPC in the Cloud

The Call for Papers submission was due on January 22, but there are still opportunities for participation. Check out the deadlines for BoFs, posters, student volunteers, and exhibiting.

Online registration for ISC’12 opens March 15.

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