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April 28, 2010

InfiniBand Trade Association Simplifies High Performance Computing

The InfiniBand Trade Association "IBTA," a worldwide organization founded in 1999 devoted to maintaining and advancing the Infiniband specification, has launched a new publication called "Introduction to InfiniBand for End Users: Industry-Standard Value and Performance for High Performance Computing and the Enterprise."


This minibook is written by one of InfiniBand's original leading architects and has contributions from numerous members of the technical working group of IBTA. The publication illustrates the fundamental ideas behind InfiniBand and the value that InfiniBand brings to the high performance computing and enterprise data center communities.


IBTA is fronted by a notable steering committee which consists of Intel, IBM, Mellanox (News - Alert), Oracle, System Fabric Works, Voltaire and QLogic. Other IBTA members stand in for enterprise IT vendors who contribute to the progress of the Infiniband specification vigorously. The organization markets and promotes InfiniBand via online, marketing and public relations engagements.


The minibook "Introduction to InfiniBand for End Users: Industry-Standard Value and Performance for High Performance Computing and the Enterprise" covers topics including Basic Concepts, InfiniBand for the Enterprise, InfiniBand for HPC, InfiniBand Architecture and Features, Designing with InfiniBand, InfiniBand Performance Capabilities and Examples, and Achieving an Interoperable Solution.


Paul Grun, the chief scientist at System Fabric Works, Inc. and primary author of the publication, stated that InfiniBand is frequently thought as an HPC/low latency technology, but is much more than that. The book describes how InfiniBand is not just the most effective solution to bandwidth and latency issues, but how its efficient utilization of networks and servers resolves major issues in the enterprise data center by reducing operating costs and capital expenditure.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha's article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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