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April 28, 2010

InfiniBand Trade Association Announces Publication of New Minibook

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Bandwidth and latency issues continue to gain significant attention in the global marketplace as users are consuming more and more data, thereby putting increasing pressure on networks to deliver high bandwidth content. To demonstrate the value InfiniBand delivers on such issues and more, the InfiniBand Trade Association “IBTA” has released a new publication.

Introduction to InfiniBand for End Users: Industry-Standard Value and Performance for High Performance Computing and the Enterprise is authored by one of the original leading architects of InfiniBand and includes contributions from several members of the IBTA’s technical working group.

Offered by the global organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing InfiniBand specification, this minibook provides clear descriptions of the basic concepts behind InfiniBand and the value that it delivers to the high performance computing and enterprise data center communities.

“InfiniBand is often thought of as an HPC/low latency technology, but it is much more than that,” said Paul Grun in a statement. Grun is chief scientist at System Fabric Works, Inc. and primary author of the book.

“The book illustrates how InfiniBand is not only the most effective solution to bandwidth and latency issues, but also how its efficient use of servers and networks solves key issues in the enterprise data center by reducing capital outlay and operating expenses.  And, that it’s surprisingly easy to adopt.”

InfiniBand’s new minibook covers such topics as Basic Concepts, InfiniBand for HPC, InfiniBand for the Enterprise, Designing with InfiniBand, InfiniBand Architecture and Features, Achieving an Interoperable Solution and InfiniBand Performance Capabilities and Examples.

To access the information in this minibook, simply click here. The minibook is available for immediate download at no charge and is available in the Resources sections of the IBTA website.

In other IBTA news, the organization has also announced that System Fabric Works has joined the organization’s steering committee. An IBTA member for three years, System Fabric Works specializes in delivering engineering, integration and strategic consulting services to organizations seeking to implement HPC and storage systems and low latency fabrics. Other new IBTA members include IPtronics A/S and Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.

Earlier this month, Mellanox (News - Alert) Technologies announced its line of 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet adapters will support the InfiniBand Trade Association's recently announced specification aimed at furthering deployment of high-performance and low-latency applications in the enterprise data center: Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over Converged Ethernet (RoCE).

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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