Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison opened this week's Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco with details on the Exalogic Elastic Cloud. The system, built on 360 64-bit x86 processor cores, is interconnected with an InfiniBand-based I/O fabric and solid-state storage with Oracle WebLogic Server, other enterprise Java Oracle middleware products and a choice of Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux operating system software.
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The software maker--an early InfiniBand backer--reverses a plan to build support for the high-speed networking technology into its next server version of Windows.
Backers of the InfiniBand high-speed networking technology have advanced some software abilities of the technology. InfiniBand chipmaker Mellanox has demonstrated IBM's DB2 database and Websphere e-commerce software running on a collection of servers connected by InfiniBand, the company said at the Intel Developer Forum. And Lane15, which makes software to manage all the devices connected to InfiniBand networks, demonstrated "failover" of its manager software, in which one copy of the management software takes over if the primary copy fails. Companies hope InfiniBand will be used to tie together servers and storage systems in high-speed networks within corporate data centers stuffed with computing equipment. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Two companies backing the InfiniBand standard have taken steps to move the high-speed networking technology closer to reality, the companies announced Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum. Chipmaker Mellanox has revamped the Beowulf technique for making cheap supercomputers, using InfiniBand connections between computers instead of the Ethernet network that prevails today. The system uses the Message Passing Interface (MPI) communication standard common in Beowulf clusters. The software ran on Mellanox's Nitro computer, which has 16 thin server "blades" in a single 7-inch-thick cabinet. Also Tuesday, Banderacom announced new product kits to help companies use its InfiniBand chip designs. One is for fiber-optic connections to the current "1x" version of InfiniBand; the other is for the second-generation "4x" version with copper wire connections, the company said. Products with InfiniBand 4x connections are expected in 2003, the company said. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Lane15 Software, a company whose software lets administrators control devices joined on an InfiniBand high-speed network, has raised $12 million in a new round of funding, the company said Monday. New investors in the Austin, Texas-based company are Index Ventures, Quanta Computer and Convergent Investors.
Intel has begun shipping samples of InfiniBand silicon and software products designed to eliminate bottlenecks in connections between storage devices and computers.