June 16-20, 2013

Leipzig, Germany

Session Details

Name: Tutorial 04
InfiniBand & High-Speed Ethernet for Dummies
Time: Sunday, June 16, 2013
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Room:   Lecture Room 10 (LR 10)
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Breaks:11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Coffee Break
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
Presenter(s):   Dhabaleswar K. Panda, Ohio State University
  Hari Subramoni, Ohio State University
Abstract:   InfiniBand (IB) and High-speed Ethernet (HSE) technologies are generating a lot of excitement towards building next generation High-End Computing (HEC) systems including clusters, datacenters, file systems, storage, cloud computing and big data (Hadoop, HBase and Memcached) environments. RDMA over Converged Enhanced Ethernet (RoCE) technology is also emerging. This tutorial will provide an overview of these emerging technologies, their offered architectural features, their current market standing, and their suitability for designing HEC systems. It will start with a brief background behind IB and HSE. In-depth overview of the architectural features of IB and HSE (including iWARP and RoCE), their similarities and differences, and the associated protocols will be presented. Next, an overview of the OpenFabrics stack which encapsulates IB, HSE and RoCE in a unified manner will be presented. Hardware/software solutions and the market trends behind IB, HSE and RoCE will be highlighted. Finally, sample performance numbers of these technologies and protocols for different environments will be presented.

Content Level
60% Beginner, 30% Intermediate, 10% Advanced

There is no fixed pre-requisite. As long as the attendee has a general knowledge in high performance computing, networking, storage, and related issues, he/she will be able to understand and appreciate it. The tutorial is designed in such a way that an attendee gets exposed to the topics in a smooth and progressive manner.
Program may be subject to changes.