OpenIB InfiniBand Software Included in Leading Enterprise Linux Distributions
Develops Transport Agnostic Software for RDMA Fabrics; Changes Name to OpenFabrics Alliance
Mar. 6, 2006 11:15 PM
The OpenIB Alliance has announced that the open source OpenIB software will be included and supported in Novell's upcoming Linux distribution release. The inclusion makes InfiniBand widely available to the IT community and provides added assurance that the technology is robust, interoperable, and strongly supported by the industry. While previously limited to InfiniBand, the Alliance announced an expanded mission to address RDMA over Ethernet, and announced a new name, The OpenFabrics Alliance.
"We are extremely pleased to tell the world that the OpenIB Alliance has achieved a major goal -- the inclusion of the software stack in Novell's Linux distribution, as well as support from other leading Linux distributors," said Jim Ryan, of Intel and chairman of the OpenFabrics Alliance, formerly the OpenIB Alliance. "The continued market-wide adoption of InfiniBand and the will open source community customers were key drivers for reaching this milestone. InfiniBand's inclusion in the Linux distributions makes its usage more attractive to IT managers and will continue to drive its rapid adoption in major markets such as financial services, manufacturing, oil and gas, life sciences, and all aspects research and government computing."
"With the inclusion of OpenIB InfiniBand software in Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, customers gain better control over their network fabric and a strong foundation on which to deploy Xen virtualization for large multi-node clusters," said Jeff Hawkins, Vice President of Product Management at Novell. "By increasing application throughput and allocating network bandwidth by workload, Novell and Open IB enable organizations to improve server utilization and create a flexible and responsive data center."