Sun will incorporate the open interface standard of InfiniBand's
high-speed switch fabric architecture which offers
advanced features for I/O interconnect into future server, software and storage
products. The technology can be integrated with existing environments
and provide improved application performance, scalability, resource
utilization and management capabilities. Future InfiniBand-based
platforms are expected to include Sun's next-generation, horizontally
scalable blade servers expected in 2004 and future vertically scalable
InfiniBand's new architecture is designed to
create a more efficient way to connect storage, communications networks
and server clusters together while delivering an I/O infrastructure
that will produce the efficiency, reliability and scalability that data
centers require. With link speeds from 2.5 Gbps to 30 Gbps, InfiniBand
is designed to efficiently integrate with Ethernet and Fibre Channel
infrastructure. InfiniBand's high-bandwidth, low-latency fabric can
offer significant improvement to application performance.
"Sun will provide a complete platform for the next-generation data
center, anchored by SolarisTM Operating Environment (Solaris OE),
with significant enhancements in I/O architecture, systems and network
protocol interfaces using remote direct memory access, and N1 for
management. Future InfiniBand-equipped blade servers will be just one
of Sun's many stepping stones to virtualized computing where previously
siloed resources behave and are managed as a single, powerful system,"
said Neil Knox, executive vice president of Sun's Volume Systems
Sun expects applications (such as databases, directories, application
servers, JavaTM 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EETM)
environments, ERP and CRM) running on these systems to show
significantly improved performance. Sun also plans to integrate
InfiniBand into storage virtualization and aggregation products and
"Infiniband's standard low latency and high bandwidth capabilities
create new opportunities in the software architecture of the data
center," said John Fowler, chief technology officer of Sun Software.
"The Solaris OE will transparently deliver those
advantages to existing applications as well as provide interfaces for
development of new applications. Sun plans to use InfiniBand to enhance
our Sun ONE products for high-performance, continuously available Web
Sun has pioneered numerous I/O technologies, clustering and system
advancements that improve the efficiency of data centers, from
supporting and implementing standards such as Gigabit Ethernet, ATM,
CompactPCI, PCI, SCSI and Fibre Channel to developing the recently
announced Sun FireTM Link hardware high-performance interconnect for
clustering high-end systems.
Sun's leading role with the IBTA began in 1999 as one of seven
founders. As a steering committee member, the company participates in
all IBTA technical committees and is current co-chair of the Link
Working Group and Marketing Working Group. In May, 2000, Sun acquired
Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, Inc., a developer of high-performance
interconnects, allowing Sun to develop higher-performance and
lower-cost interconnects for its server and storage systems.
Sun is also participating in the OpenGroup's Interconnect Software
Consortium, which is defining UNIXR systems APIs for InfiniBand and similar transports.
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