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Vol. 4 No. 6 August 2005

InfiniBand storage shipping soon

Sooner, rather than later, networked storage connectivity options won't be limited to Fibre Channel (FC) and Ethernet. Working with Engenio Information Technologies, Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) is building a prototype of a storage system that features a native InfiniBand connection to the host. "Customers are now lining up to be the first to have the beta product," says John Howarth, director of storage products at SGI. Why InfiniBand? These days, many high-performance computing environments consist of a cluster of hundreds of commodity 1U rackmount Linux servers that use InfiniBand for interserver communication. Running at 10Gb/sec today and rapidly moving to 20Gb/sec, InfiniBand provides between four and five times the bandwidth of FC (2Gb/sec today and currently moving to 4Gb/sec), little of which is used by interserver communication. The sales pitch for InfiniBand goes something like this: Rather than build out a separate FC fabric to carry storage traffic, why not piggyback on the existing InfiniBand fabric, which reduces ...

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