The InfiniBand Trade Association and the OpenFabrics Alliance announced that an InfiniBand Low Latency Technical Forum has been planned for September 17 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, in co-location with the Fall 2007 Intel Developer Forum (IDF). The technical forum will bring together members from these two industry associations, along with the broader InfiniBand community. The technical forum will include presentations and collaborative sessions that examine latency in high-performance computing, storage and enterprise environments and will emphasize how end-user deployments of InfiniBand technology result in a positive return on investment.
InfiniBand delivers the lowest latency of any industry-standard interconnect technology available, resulting in increased productivity gains and return on investment for large-scale enterprises – such as those in financial services, automotive, manufacturing, oil and gas, data warehousing and media – as well as scientific and academic environments.
The InfiniBand Low Latency Technical Forum will look at advances along each point of the network – from end users to processors/chipsets, I/O and switches. Specific sessions will include presentations from hardware vendors, application providers, operating system vendors and end users.
According to a recent IDC report by Stephen Josselyn and Lucinda Borovick, “InfiniBand provides a way to share I/O interconnects across multiple servers and to unify and minimize the compute fabric in the datacenter, reducing complexity and operating costs, while providing the high bandwidth and low latency needed for data clusters, highly computational environments, and similar workloads. The move to virtualized server and I/O infrastructure within many datacenters today will expand the need for an interconnect technology like InfiniBand.”(a)
Attendees may register online for the early bird rate of $149; after September 1, the rate increases to $199. Attendees may also purchase conference passes to the Intel Developer Forum at a discounted rate of $695, a savings of more than $1,000 per pass.
About the InfiniBand Trade Association
The InfiniBand Trade Association was founded in 1999 and is chartered with maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand specification. The IBTA is led by a distinguished steering committee that includes Cisco, IBM, Intel, Mellanox, QLogic, Sun and Voltaire. Other members of the IBTA represent leading enterprise IT vendors who are actively contributing to the advancement of the InfiniBand specification. The IBTA actively markets and promotes InfiniBand from an industry perspective through public relations engagements and unites the industry through IBTA-sponsored developer conferences and workshops.
About OpenFabrics Alliance
Founded in 2004, the charter of the OFA is to develop and evangelize a unified, transport-independent, open-source software stack for RDMA-capable fabrics, including InfiniBand and RDMA-over-Ethernet. The software stack includes RDMA-capable upper-layer protocols that are used in Linux and Windows operating-system environments. In addition, OFA manages interoperability testing of the software stack across different vendor platforms and product types. OFA is comprised of software and hardware technology vendors, system integrators and end-user organizations.
(a)IDC, Worldwide InfiniBand 2007–2011 Forecast, Doc #206902, May 2007