IBTA members know that cluster performance software and human troubleshooters monitor InfiniBand port counters for information about traffic on different ports and links. Occasionally the port counters are reset when a network is reconfigured and a fresh view is needed. Similarly, market research vendors monitor manufacturer quarterly earnings announcements to measure the performance of the overall InfiniBand market as well as the switch, HCA and controller segments.
While many tradeshows this year have suffered from declining vendor participation and user attendance, the high-performance computing community was out in full force this week at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’09) in Hamburg, Germany. The IBTA was well represented with several members exhibiting, including: Finisar, Fujitsu Limited, IBM, Intel, LSI, Mellanox , NEC, QLogic, SGI, Sun, Voltaire and W. L. Gore & Associates.
InfiniBand is largely thought of as a high-performance interconnect for large, TOP500-like HPC systems. It certainly is, but InfiniBand’s high bandwidth, low-latency capabilities are also useful across many vertical industries including financial services. A lot of us will be attending ISC’09 in Hamburg, but InfiniBand will also be in the spotlight at the annual Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) show in NYC that’s also taking place next week.
Recently, the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) released results from three analyst reports, demonstrating the continued market growth of InfiniBand products in the HPC and data center server and storage markets.
HPC Market Growth
For those following InfiniBand, the March 2009 Tabor Research report, “InfiniBand: Increases in Speed, Usage, Competition,” noting that “60 percent of surveyed HPC systems installed since the start of 2007 use InfiniBand as a system interconnect,” should come as no surprise. What is most promising is that “among those systems, over 30 percent also use InfiniBand for a LAN or storage interconnect.” In my view, that serves as a leading indication that customers are leveraging InfiniBand’s capabilities as the “unified wire”.
The report goes on to highlight increased demand for InfiniBand among customers consolidating their I/O fabrics. “HPC-using organizations that are considering converged fabric strategies are more likely to consolidate on InfiniBand than Ethernet.”
Hello IBTA community - we wanted to provide you with an update on some exciting developments in the world of supercomputing - specifically systems using InfiniBand - from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) in Germany.
At the end of May, the JSC reached a significant milestone of German and European supercomputing with the inauguration of two new supercomputers: the supercomputer JuRoPA and the fusion machine HPC FF. And just last week, Sun Microsystems announced the supercomputer JuRoPA2 went online and is the most powerful Sun technology-based computer in Europe.
I was at Interop last week where the IBTA issued a press release regarding the growth of InfiniBand in both the HPC and EDC markets (review analyst reports). While there, I had some time to walk the show floor and check out the latest developments and announcements from a multitude of exhibitors.
I’m still pondering my take on Interop this year… it’s been a while since I’ve seen so many abandoned spaces on the show floor. Mind you - most were 10×10 or 10×20 spots - but you could tell there were others who went light on their presence. I saw one exhibitor that had a 40×40 booth and just filled it with banner stands. Yikes! So nothing was really grabbing at me - until I went to Fusion-io’s booth and saw the wall of monitors with 1,000 videos playing all at once.
Later this year, the InfiniBand Trade Association will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. We wanted to spiff up our online identity in preparation for this celebration, so welcome to the newly redesigned website!
We have revamped the online InfiniBand Solutions catalog, updated the Technology section and created a Resources page which will be home to a blog and multimedia content. Please be sure to check out the online press room as well, to read the latest and greatest InfiniBand-related news.