Topspin Brings Boot Capability to Infiniband
Topspin's Boot over Infiniband offering enables users to deploy diskless servers in a stateless configuration, then use an InfiniBand connection to load up the apps, OSes and I/O technology.Topspin Communications Inc. is looking to move Infiniband from simply being an interconnect technology to being an important tool in the growing server virtualization space. The Mountain View, Calif., companywhich currently has partnerships with such top-tier OEMs as IBM, Sun Microsystems Inc. and Dell Inc.on Monday unveiled its Boot over Infiniband offering that enables users to deploy diskless servers in a stateless configuration, then use an Infiniband connection to load up the applications, operating systems and I/O technology, all in the time it takes to reboot the system. The boot capability is important for Infiniband, given its traction in the high-performance computing and clustering spaces, according to Topspin officials. It also will be important as blade servers grow to greater prominence in data centers.
Topspins Boot over Infiniband offeringwhich the company is displaying at the Server Blade Summit this week in San Jose, Calif.includes a "remote-boot" version of its HCA (host channel adapter), a Topspin Server Switch and at least one of the companys Ethernet or Fibre Channel gateways, said Stu Aaron, vice president of marketing and product management at Topspin.