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Celebrating InfiniBand at SC09

November 23rd, 2009

 

I almost lost my voice at the show and, as I write this, I feel my body shutting down. Blame the wet, cold weather and the race to go from one briefing to the next… but it was all very worth it. Supercomputing is certainly one of the biggest shows for the IBTA and its members and, with the amount of press activity that happened this year, it certainly isn’t showing signs of decline.

 

The TOP500 showed InfiniBand rising and connecting 182 systems (36 percent of the TOP500) and it clearly dominated the TOP10 through TOP300 systems. Half of the TOP10 systems are connected via InfiniBand and, although the new #1 system (JAGUAR from ORNL) is a Cray, it’s important to note that InfiniBand is being used as the storage interconnect to connect Jaguar to “Spider” storage systems.

 

But let’s talk efficiency for a moment… this edition of the TOP500 showed that 18 out of the 20 most efficient systems on the TOP500 used InfiniBand and that InfiniBand system efficiency levels reached up to 96 percent! That’s over 50 percent more efficiency than the best GigE cluster. Bottom line: WHEN PURCHASING NEW SYSTEMS, DON’T IGNORE THE NETWORK! You may be saving pennies on the network and spending dollars on the processors with an unbalanced architecture.

 

In addition, the entire ecosystem is rallying around the next level of InfiniBand performance with multiple exhibitors (24) demonstrating up to 120Gb/s InfiniBand bandwidth (switch-to-switch) and the new CXP cabling options to support this jump in bandwidth.

 

We appreciated the participation of the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) in our booth and in some of our press and analyst briefings. We were happy to hear their announcement about Microsoft joining OFA, a strong affirmation of the importance of InfiniBand.

 

If you didn’t have a chance to swing by the IBTA booth, don’t worry: we videotaped all the great presentations and will have them up on the web for you shortly.

 

I apologize if I didn’t have a chance to meet with you and talk with all the members 1-on-1, and I hope to make up for it and see you all again at ISC’10 in Hamburg, Germany and SC10 in New Orleans. I’m sure the IBTA will have some more wonderful news to share with everyone. Congratulations IBTA and happy 10-year anniversary!

 

Safe travels to everyone,

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Brian Sparks

IBTA Marketing Working Group Co-Chair

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IBTA to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary at SC’09

November 5th, 2009

It’s that time of the year again. The most important event for the InfiniBand Trade Association and the InfiniBand community at large is upon us – Supercomputing ’09 (SC’09) taking place in Portland, Oregon from November 14-20.

 

This year’s event promises to be an impressive gathering of the top minds in high-performance computing with expected attendance of 11,000 researchers, scientists, engineers and computing experts from around the world. InfiniBand will certainly have a strong presence and showing at the event with 16 IBTA members exhibiting, a slew of expected InfiniBand-related product announcements from the entire ecosystem, and of course, InfiniBand-related demos set up all over the show floor.

 

The SCinet InfiniBand network – being installed as I write this – will see a substantial speed increase this year – up to 120Gb/s connectivity throughout the entire network. More than 20 exhibitors will be showcasing SCinet and the demonstration is expected to be an SC’09 highlight.

 

The IBTA will also have a 10×20 booth, special logo, collateral, signage, giveaways and presentations to highlight and celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

 

We’re hoping you will stop by booth #139 and visit us, especially Monday night from 7-9pm, as we will be hosting a 10-Year Anniversary Cocktail Reception.

 

Come Celebrate with the IBTA!

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Brian Sparks

IBTA Marketing Working Group Co-Chair

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