Infiniband in the kernel

Summary:The next version of the Linux kernel, dubbed 2.6.11will include support for InfiniBand.

The next version of the Linux kernel, dubbed 2.6.11will include support for InfiniBand.

This comes just as IBM adds InfiniBand switches to its Linux cluster solutions.

At this point you are welcome to say: big deal. InfiniBand support has existed in a variety of Linux distros for some time.

Sure, but now it's standard. To me that means something, not just for InfiniBand. As the base OS adds high-end tools, two things happen. First, Linux races further up the stack toward what we used to call a "mainframe" operating environment. Second, high-end tools like InfiniBand come within reach of the ordinary Joe, Jane, Rajesh and Chen.

I think that makes this news important. (If you don't know what I'm talking about you can use the links within the story to learn more than you ever wanted to know about InfiniBand.)

What do you think? Let us know in TalkBack.

Topics: Networking

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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