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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


Hadoop Summit Recap
InfiniBand Most Used Interconnect on the TOP500
InfiniBand and RDMA at ISC12
Working Group Update: MgtWG
OpenFabrics Alliance User Day

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IBTA Plugfest 22
October 15-19, 2012

June 2012

Hadoop Summit Recap

This month several IBTA member companies, including Intel, Mellanox and NetApp, attended the Hadoop Summit in San Jose. The conference, which brings together users of Hadoop and related big data technologies, allows industry stakeholders to learn more about Hadoop deployments and the IT infrastructure industry.

The conversations stemming from the event included analysis of clusters and big data adoption trends, including industry survey results that claim that in the next three years, the majority of IT execs plan to deploy systems secure enough to handle massive amounts of data.

Joab Jackson, a reporter with IDG who attended the event, agreed that big data will continue to dominate discussions around the enterprise IT industry. Jackson also predicts that Hadoop will only continue to grow in popularity, and its adoption rates will increase in the coming months and years.

“Hadoop is increasingly being used for analyzing swaths of unstructured data too large and unwieldy to be crammed into a relational database or enterprise data warehouse -- data often referred to as big data. In survey results released Tuesday by IT consulting company Capgenimi, 58 percent of 600 senior business and IT executives had stated that they plan to invest in big data systems, such as Hadoop, over the next three years.”

Read more of Jackson’s article on PCWorld, and also check out the daily recaps from Hadoop Summit online, to see all of the speakers, presentations and news from the event.

InfiniBand Most Used Interconnect on the TOP500
Taken from the IBTA Blog

The TOP500 list was released last week, ranking the fastest supercomputers in the world. The IBTA was pleased to see InfiniBand’s presence increased on the list to become the most used interconnect for the first time.

The TOP500 list notes that InfiniBand connects eight of the 20 Petascale systems on the list, and that InfiniBand-connected systems boast the highest performance growth rates on the list. As the chart below demonstrates, InfiniBand’s adoption rate has grown significantly, outpacing all of the other options.

Click here to read the full blog post.

InfiniBand and RDMA at ISC12

This month, ISC12 took place in Germany, bringing together experts from around the globe to discuss the future of supercomputing. The annual gathering of the worldwide HPC community covered a wide range of topics, and featured technical sessions and tutorials on big data, Petascale and Exascale, and InfiniBand.

Dr. Dhabaleswar K. Panda, professor of computer science at the Ohio State University, presented on InfiniBand and HPC at ISC12. Keep an eye out for his tutorial recaps.

And don’t forget to register for SC12 in Salt Lake City, November 12-15. The IBTA with the OFA is sponsoring a booth. Member companies interested in participating can contact Rachel Austin to get an invitation to the next planning meeting.

Did you or your company attend ISC12 and want to share your experience? Contact Rachel Austin if you would like to author a blog post on your takeaways from ISC12.

Working Group Update: MgtWG

“The Management Working Group is now completing the specification of a new SMP named CableInfo, which enables retrieving cable module EEPROM data.

The new functionality will be included in an errata release the MgtWG plans to provide once this new functionality specification is WG approved.”

Eitan Zahavi and Jimmy Hill
MgtWG co-chairs

The MgtWG works with the other IBTA working group chairs in creating and updating specifications of new technology. The IBTA working groups continue to meet regularly, in an effort to further the growth of InfiniBand in the HPC community.

OpenFabrics Alliance User Day

The OpenFabrics Alliance is holding its inaugural OFA User Day, August 6-7, at Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL. The two-day event will focus on topics, including InfiniBand, RDMA and IP over InfiniBand (IPoIB) and will give attendees access to a remote cluster to look at the inner-workings of an InfiniBand fabric.

Speakers presenting at the user day from the HPC community include:

  • Susan Coulter, HPC Infrastructure Admin, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Rupert Dance, President, Software Forge
  • Paul Grun, Chief Scientist, System Fabrics Works
  • Ira Weiny, Computer Scientist and Math Programmer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

To learn more about the OFA User Day or to take advantage of the discounted early bird registration rate, visit the OFA website before July 19.

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