IBTA Plugfest 33 Sees First InfiniBand HDR 200Gb/s Compliance Testing

New Test Suite to Improve Interoperability Between Diverse
Selection of RDMA Products from IBTA Members

InfiniBand® Trade Association
 (IBTA), a global organization
dedicated to maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand™ and RoCE
specifications, today announced the availability of its latest InfiniBand
Combined Cable and Device Integrators’ List
 and RDMA
over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) Interoperability List
. Held at the
University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), IBTA
Plugfest 33 was the first instance that HDR 200Gb/s copper cables were
tested for compliance to the IBTA specification, paving the way for the
roll-out of HDR clusters in 2019. Additionally, Plugfest 33 was the
first event to include both InfiniBand EDR and InfiniBand FDR
interoperability testing, which ensures a high level of satisfaction for
deployers of InfiniBand solutions.

Key highlights from Plugfest 33:

New Testing Capabilities

  • New equipment and application software enabled the development of new
    tests for InfiniBand HDR 200Gb/s, including the first HDR 200Gb/s
    cooper cable tests.
  • First IBTA Plugfest to include both InfiniBand EDR 100Gb/s and
    InfiniBand FDR 56Gb/s interoperability testing of copper and optical
    cables from all major vendors.

Improved RoCE interoperability testing

  • 19 RoCE devices and 61 cables were tested in 26 different
    interoperability scenarios, which involved SFP and QSFP cables running
    at 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 GbE speeds.
  • 25 new RoCE Transport Layer tests in addition to new DCB tests,
    leading to improved interoperability between a diverse selection of
    IBTA member RDMA products.

“The IBTA’s rigorous, independent third-party compliance and
interoperability program ensures that each cable and device tested
successfully meets end user needs and expectations of InfiniBand and
RoCE ecosystems,” said Rupert Dance, Chair of the IBTA Compliance and
Interoperability Working Group (CIWG). “The ability of IBTA Plugfest
participants to interact with engineers from many device and cable
vendors while resolving problems in real time is essential to the
success, compliance and interoperability of all InfiniBand and RoCE

The IBTA Plugfest is an invaluable benefit to members and creates a
clear path to deliver to their customers products that are compliant to
the InfiniBand and RoCE specifications and interoperable within the
larger ecosystem. Each product that completes compliance and
interoperability testing is compiled into the resulting InfiniBand
Integrators’ List and RoCE Interoperability List. The lists are
technical resources that provide immense benefits to all end users
deploying RDMA-based fabrics. A wide range of customers leverage these
results when determining which products to use when designing or
upgrading their systems.

Vendors that contributed test equipment to IBTA Plugfest 33 include Ace
Unitech, Anritsu, Keysight Technologies, Molex, Software Forge, and
Wilder Technologies.

Members that participated in Plugfest 33 include Broadcom, Cavium,
Huawei, Finisar, Mellanox Technologies, NetApp, and Volex.

The following resources provide additional information about the IBTA
Integrators’ List Program

SAVE THE DATE: IBTA Plugfest 35 will be held April 8 – April 19, 2019 at
UNH-IOL. Registration information is available on the Plugfest

To learn more about the benefits of becoming an IBTA member, visit the Membership
Information page

About the InfiniBand® Trade Association

The InfiniBand® Trade Association was founded in 1999 and is chartered
with maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand and the RoCE
specifications. The IBTA is led by a distinguished steering committee
that includes Broadcom, HPE, IBM, Intel Corporation, Mellanox
Technologies, Microsoft and QLogic. Other members of the IBTA represent
leading enterprise IT vendors who are actively contributing to the
advancement of the InfiniBand and RoCE specifications. The IBTA markets
and promotes InfiniBand and RoCE from an industry perspective through
online, marketing and public relations engagements, and unites the
industry through IBTA-sponsored technical events and resources. For more
information on the IBTA, visit www.infinibandta.org.

InfiniBand (TM/SM) is a trademark and service mark of the InfiniBand
Trade Association. Other names and brands are the property of their
respective owners.


Allison Barry
Nereus for IBTA
Tel: +1.503.619.0691

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