Engenio Information Technologies, Inc., formerly LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc., has announced that it has joined a group of distinguished industry leaders to form the OpenIB Alliance. The alliance is chartered to deliver a single open source Linux software stack for deployment of the InfiniBand architecture. A standard Linux operating system and database configuration, called a software stack, improves interoperability, reduces cost and decreases the integration time that is required to complete High Performance Computing (HPC) deployments with InfiniBand and Linux.
The company joins leading technology companies including Dell, InfiniCon, Intel, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Mellanox, Network Appliance, Sandia National Labs, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Topspin, Veritas and Voltaire as founding members of the OpenIB Alliance. Engenio has also been a member of the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) since its inception in 1999. The OpenIB Alliance software stacks are complementary with the IBTAs InfiniBand architecture specifications. The alliance was formed to address software development that is outside the scope of the IBTA charter. The first software stack will be delivered later this year and subsequent enhancements delivered on a regular basis.
"Partnering and Standards are fundamentals of our company and our heritage; we are pleased to join industry leading companies to form this alliance." said Stan Skelton, Engenio Senior Director of Strategic Planning. "Establishing standards is important because they enable customers to rapidly and cost effectively deploy technology solutions. We are committed to the HPC segment where an open source approach like OpenIB matches the emerging requirements of this market and improves the interoperability of Infiniband."
InfiniBand, which is recognised as the primary interconnect in HPC environments and has a growing presence on the Top 500 Fast Supercomputers list, is becoming more common in enterprise environments. Computing clusters using InfiniBand reach from small eight-node clusters to thousands of nodes.