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OpenFabrics Alliance Announces Dates for International Workshop: March 25-28, 2012; Solution Providers and OEMs to Present on OFED Customer Requirements

>PRWEB.COM Newswire

Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 21, 2011

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), an open source community that delivers and supports the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFEDTM) for high-performance networking applications, today announced dates for the 2012 OFA International Workshop: March 25-28, 2012 in Monterey, CA. The OpenFabrics Alliance will be holding its 2012 OFA International Workshop from March 25-28, 2012 in Monterey, CA. The multi-day event will be focused on the strategic opportunities for the OFA and development efforts around OFED, and will include an assessment of the state of the Alliance, industry expert opinions and direction and breakout sessions from leading solution providers and OEMs discussing customer requirements and deployments.

“At the 2011 OFA Workshop, it was evident that there are tremendous growth opportunities available for OFED – and OFA member companies ready to tackle the development efforts,” said Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research. “We look forward to reconnecting with everyone at the 2012 event. Our research studies continue to show a reliance on mixed interconnect environments that blend standards with performance, which matches well with the capabilities OFED is targeting."

The 2012 OFA International Workshop is open to anyone with the desire to provide collaborative input into the direction and mechanics of OFED; non-OFA members welcome.

More information on the upcoming workshop, as well as presentations and videos from the 2011 event, are available at http://www.openfabrics.org. Early bird registration for 2012 will open this fall.

OFED Adoption Increasing
Worldwide adoption and deployment of OFED with all Linux distributions and Windows is increasing. OFED is being utilized in the majority (>60 percent) of the top 100 systems in the recently announced TOP500 list (top500.org) which ranks the world’s most powerful computers. OFED helps RDMA-based networks provide computing efficiencies as high as 96 percent and latencies as low as 1 microsecond, and supports speeds up to 56Gb/s for InfiniBand and 40Gb/s for Ethernet. OFED also reduces data center power consumption up to 50 percent.

OFED is the high-performance networking API of choice, supporting all major RDMA protocols – InfiniBand, iWARP and RoCE – enabling the software to be deployed in a variety of business, research and scientific environments that require highly efficient networks, storage connectivity and parallel computing. Currently the market is seeing significant speed increases with the availability of FDR InfiniBand with link speeds of 14Gb/s per lane, or 56Gb/s per 4 lanes, and the increasing adoption of 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet.

OFED is free and available as a direct download from openfabrics.org, comes included in enterprise Linux distributions as well as Microsoft Windows, and is available from substantially all the major server, network and storage vendors worldwide.

OFA Expanded Services
To enhance continuing growth in customer’s adoption and production deployment of OFED usage, the Alliance has expanded its service offerings for its members and their customers including the following:

  •     OFED Verbs Programming Training Course – teaches how to get the maximum performance and lowest latency for customer-specific applications. The course is delivered quarterly at the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL).
  •     Product Interoperability Verification Program – structured multi-vendor interoperability testing that results in the publication of a list of different vendor’s products that are known to meet industry standard specifications and interoperate reliably. The list is a source for customers who wish the freedom and confidence to acquire products from a variety of vendors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  •     New membership levels – in addition to the vendor-oriented Promoter and Adopter levels of OFA membership, OFA offers Supporter, Academic and Individual membership levels. Full details available in March 30 announcement.
  •     Online forum – a new mechanism for OFED users to communicate directly with developers for technical Q&A.

More information on each of these services is available at http://www.openfabrics.org.

About the OpenFabrics Alliance
The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association that develops, tests, licenses and distributes the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) – multi-platform, open-source software for high-performance, low-latency and energy-efficient computing. OFED is used in business, research and scientific environments that require fast and efficient networks, storage connectivity and parallel computing. OFED is free and is included in major Linux distributions, as well as Microsoft Windows. In addition to distributing OFED, the OFA conducts interoperability testing to ensure all releases meet multi-vendor enterprise requirements for security, usability and reliability. For more information about the OFA, visit http://www.openfabrics.org.

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