IBTA Announces Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest

The InfiniBand(SM) Trade Association (IBTA) announced its 12th Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest, taking place October 1-3 in Durham, New Hampshire. The event provides an opportunity for InfiniBand(TM) device and cable vendors to test their products for compliance with the InfiniBand architecture specification as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products. Testing will be conducted at the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab.

The Compliance and Interoperability Test Plan for this Plugfest has been greatly expanded. Due to a much greater interest in active cable testing, this event will include the ability to test active InfiniBand cables. In addition, the event will include testing of many double data rate (DDR) devices. Successful compliance testing provides a solid basis for succeeding in the OpenFabrics Alliance 4th Interoperability Event which follows the IBTA PlugFest.

Products that pass testing gain inclusion in the IBTA Integrators’ List which is designed to support data center managers, CIOs, and other IT professionals with their planned deployments of InfiniBand architecture solutions.

The Integrators’ List is published following each official IBTA Plugfest. The Integrators’ List began in June 2003 and includes devices from IBTA member companies that were tested and comply with the IBTA Intergrators’ List policy posted.

Participation in the Plugfest is the primary way for IBTA member companies to gain IBTA approval for their InfiniBand-related equipment. The cost to attend this two-day event is $300 per vendor.

Following Plugfest: OpenFabrics Alliance’s 4th Interoperability Event
Following the IBTA Plugfest, the OpenFabrics Alliance will be conducting their 4th Interoperability Event from October 4 – 12. This session will focus on interoperability using the software stacks developed from the auspices of the OpenFabrics Alliance. This event requires separate eligibility, cost and registration.

PlugFest Follows Successful InfiniBand Low Latency Technical Forum
The InfiniBand Trade Association and the OpenFabrics Alliance hosted the second annual InfiniBand Low Latency Technical Forum on September 17 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, in co-location with the Fall 2007 Intel Developer Forum.

More than 75 industry influencers attended the technical forum to discuss the growing and significant market opportunities for InfiniBand technology. Session presentations were provided by end users, ISVs and vendors.

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.

InfiniBand(TM/SM) is a trademark and service mark of the InfiniBand Trade Association.