[Beowulf] SC|05: will 10Ge beat IB?

ctierney at hypermall.net ctierney at hypermall.net
Tue Nov 22 07:17:20 PST 2005

Quoting John Hearns <john.hearns at streamline-computing.com>:

> On Mon, 2005-11-21 at 16:50 -0700, ctierney at hypermall.net wrote:
> > 
> > Also, 10G is still quite expensive (except Myrinet 10g).  
> > Fibre-media converters are still expensive and as far as I have heard, no
> > one is pushing 10G over copper.  IB is quite cheap compared to 10G, but
> > it is a new technology and adoption outside of HPC is slow.  The volume
> > isn't there yet to bring pricing where it should be.
> Infiniband isn't that new.
> Your point about the HPC market is valid, though what has happened is
> that IB was developed from the storage 'world' and happened to find a
> niche in HPC.

New is relative.  Comparing it to FC or other high speed interconnects (Myricom,
Quadrics, Dolphin) it is new.  It is certainly new to the enterprise space.  
I look foward to when that market adopts IB, so that we in HPC can reap the 
benefits of commoditization.


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