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InfiniBand Rallies

InfiniBand is featured in news from two IT events this week. Announcements issuing from both the Supercomputing 07 (SC07) and Oracle OpenWorld events in Reno, Nev., and San Francisco, respectively, herald InfiniBand as not just a neat high-performance computing (HPC) solution for lab work, but as a key element of high-end enterprise data centers, including networks for Oracle and other enterprise apps.

At outdoor outfitter Cabelas, for instance, InfiniBand has replaced Ethernet as the data center fabric of choice, with dramatic results. "We determined that we needed a solution that could accommodate 30,000 transactions per minute going forward, and the InfiniBand solution we've deployed delivers 70,000 transactions per minute in our in-house tests, at half the cost of other technologies," said Luc Suryo, senior UNIX engineer at Cabelas, in a prepared statement.

Suryo includes 10-Gbit/s Ethernet in that assertion. He says the group at Cabelas tested 10-Gbit/s Ethernet products and found them not only costlier than InfiniBand at present, but also not quite up to the InfiniBand performance.

"Ten-gig would have cost us six times more than we spent on InfiniBand," Suryo told Byte and Switch today.

Suryo and his team aren't alone, apparently. InfiniBand suppliers, perceiving a lull before widespread adoption of 10-Gbit/s and other Ethernet-based networks, are rushing to fill high-end requirements with InfiniBand wares that are relatively more mature.

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