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InfiniBand Trade Association Welcomes Luxshare as Member Company

August 26th, 2014

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to the IBTA’s newest member company, Luxshare-ICT.

As an active member, the global interconnect designer and manufacturer will work closely with the IBTA to continue to further the InfiniBand specification as it pertains to the cable and physical layer. In addition to assisting with the development of InfiniBand interconnect technologies for the industry and its customers, Luxshare will also be actively involved in the IBTA Compliance and Interoperability Working Group (CIWG), which oversees the bi-annual Plugfest event.

The IBTA Plugfest, held twice per year at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Interoperability Lab (IOL) in Durham, New Hampshire, provides an opportunity for participants to measure products for compliance with the InfiniBand™ architecture specification as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products. Vendor devices and cables successfully passing all required compliance tests and interoperability procedures are listed on the IBTA Integrators’ List and granted the IBTA Integrators’ List Logo.

Luxshare-ICT is a global, publicly traded interconnect provider, experiencing rapid growth in global markets as it expands its products through technical enhancements. For more information about Luxshare and its offerings, please visit www.luxshare-ict.com.

Bill Lee

Newest IBTA Compliance & Interoperability Testing Includes EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Methodology

February 25th, 2014

2014 has already proved to be a busy year for the IBTA. The organization is currently in the midst of compiling results from the recent Plugfest 24, which took place this past October at the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Laboratory.

IBTA SC13 Demonstration

IBTA SC13 Demonstration

While exhibiting at SC13 in November, we had the opportunity to showcase the IBTA’s newest EDR 100Gb/s compliance and interoperability testing capabilities that were implemented during October’s biannual Plugfest event. Due to the popularity of the demo at the conference, we wanted to share some details and results here on our blog.

The IBTA’s sophisticated test set-up leveraged Anritsu generators and Tektronix scopes to test EDR active cables.  The Anritsu generators were used to generate a spec compliant 25Gb/s input signal to one lane of an active optical cable along with 25Gb/s signals to the other 7 lanes which were being used as “aggressor” lanes.  Tektronix provided a scope capable of testing the 25Gb/s per lane output of the EDR active cables. The details are provided in the Anritsu Method of Implementation (MOI) which is available here:  http://infinibandta.org/content/pages.php?pg=technology_methods_of_implementation.

The significance of this testing, is that we were able to not only achieve 25Gb/s speed per lane (100Gb/s total over 4 lanes), but we were also able to analyze data at that speed. The IBTA currently has both copper and active optical cables running at 100Gb/s that are also compliant with the latest InfiniBand specifications.

3M Company, Advanced Photonics, Inc, Amphenol, FCI, Finisar, Foxconn, Fujikura Ltd., Hitachi Cable America, Lorom Industrial, Mellanox, Molex, Samtec, Sumitomo, TE Connectivity and Volex attended PlugFest 24 and tested a total of 189 cables for both compliance and interoperability.

Intel, Mellanox and NetApp also tested a total of 17 devices including InfiniBand to Ethernet Gateways, Host Channel Adapters (HCAs), Switches and SRP Targets. These end points and switches provided the foundation for running approximately 1000 interoperability tests using the Open MPI test benchmark and the interconnects provided by the cable vendors listed above.

Anritsu InfiniBand ATD EDR Test Solution

Anritsu InfiniBand ATD EDR Test Solution

Agilent, Anritsu, Tektronix and Wilder Technologies all provided the latest generation of Test equipment needed to test 100Gb/s InfiniBand EDR cables. The IBTA PlugFest provides a great opportunity for all these companies to work together to improve InfiniBand and to ensure that the products are both robust and interoperable.

IBTA’s Plugfest events take place twice per year, during which the IBTA tests compliance with the InfiniBand architecture specification and interoperability with other InfiniBand products. The IBTA Plugfest 24 Integrators’ List has been released and features vendor devices and cables that successfully passed all required Integrators’ List compliance tests and interoperability procedures during Plugfest 24.

The IBTA Integrators’ List contains a list of compliant and interoperable products and is available here: http://infinibandta.org/content/pages.php?pg=integrators_list_overview.

For more information on the upcoming IBTA Plugfest being held in April 2014 check out the Plugfest website.

IBTA Plugfest 19 Wrap Up

April 12th, 2011

The latest IBTA Plugfest took place last week at UNH-IOL in Durham, NH. This event provided an opportunity for participants to measure their products for compliance with the InfiniBand architecture specification as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products. We were happy to welcome 21 vendors and we tested 22 devices, 235 DDR rated cables,  227 QDR rated cables and 66 FDR rated cables at the April 2011 event.

New for this latest Plugfest, we added beta testing for QSFP+ FDR Cables which support 54 Gb/sec data rate. I’m happy to report that we received a total of 66 cables supporting FDR rates and 5 of these were Active Fiber cables. Their performance bodes well for the new data rate supported in the IBTA Roadmap.

Vendor devices and cables successfully passing all required Integrators’ List (IL) Compliance Tests will be listed on the IBTA Integrators’ List and will be granted the IBTA Integrators’ List Logo. We will also have comprehensive interoperability results available documenting the results of heterogeneous device testing using all of the cables submitted at the Plugfest. We’re expecting to have the IBTA Integrators’ List updated in time for ISC’11.

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I can’t believe I’m about to talk about our 20th event, but IBTA Plugfest 20 will be taking place this October. Stay tuned for exact dates. Thank you and congratulations to all of the vendors who participated in our April event and performed so well.

rupert-danceRupert Dance

Co-chair, IBTA’s Compliance and Interoperability Working Group

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IBTA Integrators’ List for Plugfest 18 is Now Available

February 21st, 2011

The IBTA Integrators’ List for Plugfest 18 is now available online: www.infinibandta.org/integratorslist. The number of products on the Integrators’ List has steadily increased and now includes 21 devices, 209 DDR cables and 174 QDR cables. We had 19 vendors attend the October 2010 event.

IBTA Plugfests provide an opportunity for InfiniBand device and cable vendors to test their products for compliance with the InfiniBand architecture specification, as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products. Successfully passing the compliance requirements permits a product to be placed on the Integrators’ List. Both the cables and devices were put through exhaustive Interoperability testing using the Open MPI test suite.

The IBTA Plugfest events and the resulting Integrators’ List helps the IBTA identify and address problems with the specification, helps vendors identify areas for potential product updates, and aims to improve the overall end user experience with InfiniBand-related products. All of this paves the way for the IBTA and its members to confidently move forward to higher speeds, greater bandwidth and lower latencies in new products.

Coming soon: Plugfest 19, April 4-8, 2011

Please note that dates for IBTA Plugfest 19 have been set: April 4-8, 2011 at UNH-IOL. Plugfest 19 will include the first alpha testing of FDR cables and devices which are designed to run at 14 Gb/s per lane. We are also working to define a complete test suite to validate the specifications for both FDR and EDR data rates (see the IBTA Roadmap for more details). Visit the Plugfest web pages for more information and to register.

Congratulations to all of the Plugfest 18 participants!

Rupert Dancerupert-dance

rsdance@soft-forge.com

Co-chair, IBTA’s Compliance and Interoperability Working Group

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IBTA Pleased to Announce 16th Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest

October 8th, 2009

Greetings IBTA members and the larger InfiniBand community,

As you may have read in our recent press release, the IBTA is pleased to announce dates for the 16th Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest: October 12-16, 2009 in the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab.

I personally have been involved in this event for the past 8 years and have seen the Plugfests grow tremendously. Products that successfully pass Plugfest testing gain inclusion in the IBTA Integrators’ List. We currently have 297 products on our Integrators’ List and are expecting more than 200 cables and devices to be tested at the October event.

With the introduction of the IBTA Integrators List Logo Program last fall, cable vendors and device manufacturers now have the right to attach IBTA-certified logos to products that are active on the Integrators List. We’ve heard positive feedback from end users excited that they can now easily recognize InfiniBand-compliant products. This is especially useful for end users deploying and maintaining clusters since the cables will now be labeled with the speeds that they support.


This Plugfest will also include many new QDR products from InfiniBand vendors along with testing for the new CXP Interconnect which provides InfiniBand connectivity in a 120 Gb/s in a 12x Small Form-factor Pluggable Interconnect.

If you are interested in joining us at this year’s Plugfest, please visit our Plugfest section of the website, listed under Events or feel free to contact me at plugfest@lampreynetworks.com.

Regards,

Rupert Dance

CIWG – Program Director

Lamprey Networks

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Analyst Reports Confirm InfiniBand Growth

June 15th, 2009

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.”

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