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By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2003-04-30 Print this article Print

InfiniBand has been kicking around for a few years, but it hadnt taken off as quickly as early supporters had predicted. The channel-based, switched fabric architecture ran into resistance as a new technology in difficult economic times. Also, such connectivity technologies such as PCI-X and 10 Gigabit Ethernet can fit in with current systems, and storage connectivity technologies such as Fibre Channel and iSCSI also have seen performance and speed improvements.

However, with the recent introduction of 4x silicon, and the promise of 12x (30 Gbps) silicon by the end of the quarter, InfiniBand is making up for lost time, Jain said.

The technology also was given a much-needed boost in December when IBM, Dell Computer Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. all promised to roll out InfiniBand-enabled products.

Now enterprises as well as HPC users are taking notice, Voltaires Jain said.

"Twelve months ago, people were asking me, What is InfiniBand? Why do we need it?" he said. "Now they ask, What products do have, and when can we get them?"

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