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Published: 20 Oct 2012

InfiniBand storage is finally emerging; but despite the cost, speed and scalability advantages over Fibre Channel, its acceptance has been slow in enterprise data centers. If you work with high-performance computing (HPC), you probably interconnect clustered nodes through an InfiniBand (IB) fabric. For network and storage administrators not up to speed on the technology, it's time to put IB on your radar. Scientific and academic researchers have known about IB for years. Its high-speed, low-latency architecture is an ideal interconnect for thousands of cooperative commodity servers running a single file system under an operating system like Linux. IB deployments are finally moving beyond the ivy walls of academia and popping up in corporate data centers to solve specific computing and storage problems that require high performance at a relatively low cost. While IB has come into its own as a computing architecture, the storage implications of HPC are only now being addressed. The torrents of data processed and exchanged among IB nodes must ultimately be ... Access >>>

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