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InfiniBand Trade Association E-Newsletter


Updated IBTA Integrator’s List Now Available
24th InfiniBand Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest
OpenFabrics Alliance Announces Formation of OpenFramework Working Group
EnterpriseTech Makes Its Debut
SC13: IBTA and OFA Booth
Reminder: Deadline for Interop Las Vegas Call for Speakers Approaching
Upcoming Member Conferences

SuperComputing 2013
Nov 17 – 21, 2013

September 2013

Updated IBTA Integrators’ List Now Available

In the February edition of the IBTA Newsletter, the IBTA announced Plugfest 23, which took place April 1-12, 2013 at the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). The IBTA is proud to announce that its updated Combined Cable and Device Integrators’ List is now available for download and encompasses all vendor cables and devices that passed compliance and interoperability testing during Plugfest 23. Vendors of cables and devices use this list to promote their products and assure end-users and customers of the quality and operability of their products.

Plugfest 23 was a huge success, attracting top manufacturers and vendors and ensuring interoperability and compliance. Additionally, Plugfest 23 was the first Plugfest where cables supporting Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) 100Gb/s were tested for compliance.

For more information about the Integrator’s list, please visit the IBTA website or read this blog post from the IBTA’s own Rupert Dance.

24th InfiniBand Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest

The IBTA is currently planning for the 24th InfiniBand Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest that will be held October 7-18, 2013 at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab in Durham, New Hampshire. Like Plugfest 23, Plugfest 24 will attract vendors of cables and devices wanting to test their products for compliance and interoperability. Testing will included cables that support Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) 100Gb/s under the InfiniBand standard and devices and cables passing these tests will be included in the Integrators’ List.

For more information, or to register, please visit the IBTA Plugfest webpage.

OpenFabrics Alliance Announces Formation of OpenFramework
Working Group

The OpenFabrics Alliance has recently announced the formation of the OpenFramework Working Group (OFWG), which will design a software framework to allow easy access to I/O services appropriate to its needs. The OFWG will aim to maximize performance for more applications and to take full advantage of the return on investment being made in computer systems by their owners and operators. In order to create an effective space for information sharing and inter-company collaboration, the OFA highly encourages participation from application developers, compiler architects, system users and others who may offer a comprehensive look at application I/O requirements.

For more information, please visit the OFA website.

EnterpriseTech Makes Its Debut

EnterpriseTech, an online journal and portal covering issues related to large-scale enterprises, including the challenges they face with scaling and economic and technical change, made its debut on September 22. The publication will give readers a more in-depth view of not only servers, switches and storage, but also hardware, software and the people behind it all. EntepriseTech aims to seek out new technology and applications that are relevant to the largest data centers in the world.

EnterpriseTech’s Editor-in-Chief, Timothy Prickett Morgan is an experienced publisher, IT industry analyst, editor, and journalist and has worked for some of the world’s most widely-read high-tech and business publications including The Register, BusinessWeek, Midrange Computing, IT Jungle, Unigram, The Four Hundred, ComputerWire, Computer Business Review, Computer System News and IBM Systems User. Other contributors include Nicole Hemsoth, Steve Conway (IDC), Dan Olds (Gabriel Consulting), Tim Stammers (451 Group), Alex Woodie, Tiffany Trader and Isaac Lopez.

For more information, read Timothy Prickett Morgan’s welcome letter or check out the EnterpriseTech website.

SC13: IBTA and OFA Booth

This year we are teaming up with OFA to participate in several technical programs, collaborate with our members’ activities on the show floor and host a booth where we will be promoting I/O technology leadership. Planning meetings for this event are held every Wednesday. If you are interested in participating or want more information, please contact Bill Lee at

Reminder: Interop Las Vegas Call for Speakers Deadline Approaching

We would like to remind you that the deadline for this year’s Interop Las Vegas call for speakers is fast approaching. Submissions will be accepted until October 6th and should follow these guidelines:

  • Content must be interesting, nonpartisan and content agnostic
  • Content must educate about current IT innovation, challenges and trends only; no product-related submissions
  • Priority is given to speakers in technical roles, especially IT

More information on the call for speakers as well as on the overall conference and registration can be found on the Interop Las Vegas website.

Upcoming Conferences

Cloud Connect
Cloud Connect, the premier cloud technology and solutions conference and expo for CIOs, IT professionals and developers will run from October 21-23 in Chicago, IL. Registration for the conference, which features keynotes from executives from ZipCar, IBM, Softlayer and HP, is
now open.

IBTA members exhibiting at Cloud Connect include HP, IBM and Intel.

For more information about sessions and registration, please visit the Cloud Connect website.

Strata + Hadoop World
Registration for Strata + Hadoop World 2013 is now open. Strata + Hadoop World offers big data’s most influential decision makers, architects, developers and analysts a forum to discuss business strategies and technologies. This event is one of the biggest in the Apache Hadoop community and features hands-on sessions and keynotes from industry leaders. Strata + Hadoop World will run from October 28-30 in New York City and costs $2,045 for the whole conference.

IBTA Members exhibiting at Strata + Hadoop World 2013 include IBM, Intel, Mellanox
and Oracle.

For more information, visit the Strata + Hadoop World website.

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