Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sun Preps for Infiniband

I (admittedly) don't know much about Infiniband. I know what it is, but I just don't hear that much about it and have not used it in my experience. Well, it looks like Sun is taking a gamble on it.

Sun touts many advantages of Infiniband vs. Ethernet in the race for the unified network. Infiniband is poised to beat Ethernet to the 40Gbit/sec mark and products are expected to have latency as low as 60-70 nanoseconds.

I'm going to have to agree with quotes made in the EETimes article and say that Ethernet advances may be slow going due to IEEE red tape, but Infiniband just doesn't have the market share that Ethernet does and data center managers are looking to reduce the types of fabrics, not increase.

Check out the article here


Anonymous said...

Infiband is big in the HPC arena because of its low latencies. Sun is focusing a bit more in that area, so it makes sense that they're offering more of their own kit.

All Sun equipment will still come with Ethernet ports, but IB will be an option for compute clusters.

Anonymous said...

the reason infiniband is attractive is because its the only fabric that can reliably replace and consolidate fiber channel, ethernet, and SAS / SATA today.

Sun is going the right direction...