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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


OFA Workshop Recap
Member Perspectives: Benefits of RoCE
Plugfest #23: InfiniBand™ Compliance & Interoperability Testing
SC13 Panel Submission Deadline

SuperComputing 2013
Nov 17 – 21, 2013

April 2013

OFA Workshop Recap

This month, IBTA joined the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) at its Annual Workshop, and had the opportunity to socialize with attendees at the IBTA co-hosted party on Sunday Night.

If you’re itching to view some of the content and discussions from the OFA event, check out InsideHPC’s video library of presentations. The Open Fabrics Workshop Video Gallery captures a wide range of topics including:

  • RDMA and Big Data
  • Ethernet over InfiniBand (EoIB)
  • InfiniBand Scalable Subnet Administration

Check back on the IBTA blog in the coming weeks for a full recap of the OFA Workshop. And many thanks to the OFA for another productive, informative and fun OFA Workshop.

Member Perspectives: Benefits of RoCE

We’re seeing more and more demand for HPC-derived technologies entering the enterprise, as networks continue to experience the implications of data intensive applications and processes. While InfiniBand interconnect technology can solve common networking bandwidth problems and brings obvious cost and management benefits to the enterprise, adoption has been a challenge. Fortunately, new technologies have been developed that allow enterprises to take advantage of InfiniBand benefits while also leveraging existing network fabrics and employee skill sets.

Remote Direct Memory Access, commonly referred to as its acronym RDMA, has historically been coupled with InfiniBand and deployed in high performance computing environments to bypass the CPU and increase network throughput. Enterprises are now taking advantage of this technology through the emergence of RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), which allows companies to leverage existing network fabrics and skillsets by deploying RDMA over existing 10GbE, a network fabric that enterprise IT managers are used to using and managing.

The IBTA, OFA and our member organizations have been working to provide and promote routable and virtualized technologies and drive RoCE into naturalization. The IBTA created and is working to further the RoCE definition and specification.

In our next IBTA blog post, we’ll be taking a look at how one of our member organizations has leveraged the benefits of RoCE to better serve its enterprise data center customers. Stay tuned to the IBTA blog to read the full post.

Plugfest #23: InfiniBand Compliance & Interoperability Testing

Earlier this month, we hosted Plugfest #23 at the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL). We were pleased by the number of vendors and IBTA members who attended the event, looking to measure their products for compliance with the InfiniBand architecture Specification as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products.

Be sure to check back in coming months as we update the IBTA Integrators’ List with results from Plugfest #23. In the meantime, if you or the company you represent are interested in participating in Plugfest #24 this fall, contact Rupert Dance.

SC13 Panel Submission Deadline

Panels at SC13 will be, as in past years, among the most important and heavily attended events of the conference, according to event coordinators. Panels will bring together the key thinkers and producers in the field to consider in a lively and rapid-fire context some of the key questions challenging HPC this year. The deadline to submit for an SC13 panel is May 10, 2013;
11:59 p.m. ET

Panels bring a rare opportunity for mutual engagement of community leaders and broad mainstream contributors in a face-to-face exchange through audience participation and questioning. Surprises are the norm at panels, which make for exciting and lively hour-and-a-half sessions. Panels can explore topics in depth by capturing the opinions of a wide range of people active in the relevant fields. Panels represent state of the art opinions, and can be augmented with social media, twitter and video feeds, and even real-time audience polling.

If you’re interested in submitting an application to appear on a panel at SC13, either on behalf of the IBTA or your member organization, check out the SC13 website.

To learn more about submitting for this year’s panel visit the SC13 submission site.

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