NEW YORK—Since introducing the first silicon in 2000, the backers of the InfiniBand have been dogged by the same questions: how much major OEM support is the interconnect really going to get and how much interest will there be among enterprise users?
On Tuesday, the InfiniBand Trade Association tried to answer those questions.
At an event here, Tom Bradicich, chief technology officer for IBMs xSeries Server Group and co-chairman of the trade associations steering committee, said that most major computer makers already are on board, readying products that are InfiniBand-enabled and partnering with various InfiniBand companies.
If things go as planned, Bradicich said, the next 12 months will see growing adoption of InfiniBand architectures.
"I believe the end of this year and the beginning of next year will be key for InfiniBand adoption," he told a group of about 50 reporters and analysts. "InfiniBand is positioned to play a wonderful role in helping administrators solve these problems" of scaling out their data center infrastructures and moving to standards-based products.
InfiniBand, a channel-based, switch-fabric architecture, initially was touted as a technology that could replace everything from PCI to Fibre Channel. Instead, thanks in part to the struggling economy, InfiniBand has found its first real traction in the high-performance computing arena, where research institutions are always eager for products that will increase speed and drive down latency, and dont need a major OEMs name attached to it to make it attractive.