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OpenFabrics Alliance Introduces Memberships for Academic Institutions and Individual System Administrators and Programmers

March 31, 2011

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) today announced two new membership levels that will be available beginning from the 2011 OpenFabrics Alliance International Workshop taking place in Monterey on April 3-6, 2011. The Alliance now has five membership levels ““ Promoter, Adopter, Supporter, Academic and Individual ““ and is a growing community of leading chip manufacturers, database providers, national laboratories, network equipment manufacturers, server and storage vendors, ISVs, and end users all actively involved in the development and use of OFED.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 30, 2011

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), an open source community focused on developing the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFEDTM) for high-performance networking applications, today announced two new membership levels that will be available beginning from the 2011 OpenFabrics Alliance International Workshop taking place in Monterey on April 3-6, 2011.

The Alliance now has five membership levels ““ Promoter, Adopter, Supporter, Academic and Individual ““ and is a growing community of leading chip manufacturers, database providers, national laboratories, network equipment manufacturers, server and storage vendors, ISVs, and end users all actively involved in the development and use of OFED.

The two new membership levels include:

  •     OFA Academic Member ““ designed for academic and research institutions that wish to use OFED, participate in OFA working groups and stay informed about the work of the Alliance. Includes all of the benefits listed for Individual members, and applies to all employees of the organization. Dues are US$2,000 annual membership.
  •     OFA Individual Member ““ intended for technical personnel who work for end user organizations and not for those who work for vendors of either hardware or software. Individuals within organizations that use OFED or are thinking about deploying OFED in their working environment will see valuable benefits from this membership level, including: participation in OFA working groups, notification of OFED daily build status, involvement in interoperability events and the development of test suites for OFED, and access to all OFED developer tools and user forums. Dues are US$200 annual membership.

“Texas Advanced Computing Center is a long time user of OFED on several generations of clusters. The software provides the highest level of performance and lowest latency for our researchers’ computing and storage needs,” said Dan Stanzione, deputy director, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas, Austin. “With the Academic level of membership, TACC technologists will now be able to work directly with OFA’s top flight developers, maintainers and release management workgroups as new capabilities ““ such as RDMA over Ethernet and higher performance storage software infrastructure ““ become available for the scientific “ËœBig Data’ influx we are experiencing.”

“The latency benefits of using OFED for high frequency trading and market data systems are well known to the very competitive financial and exchange communities,” said Christoph Lameter, member of the Linux Foundation. “The Individual level membership enables companies and government agencies to become more involved with the OFA development community through their individual employees. This brings value back to their organizations through increased personal knowledge, wider community contacts and broader developer experience.”

“OFA members have the opportunity to influence the direction of OFED in high performance computing ““ where it is currently deployed in nearly 50 percent of the TOP500 systems ““ and the enterprise data center,” said Jim Ryan, chair of the OpenFabrics Alliance. “We’ve introduced new membership levels to better engage with the Academic community and Individual highly skilled technologists.”

Benefits of membership in the OpenFabrics Alliance include:

  •     Continuous visibility into the development status and release schedule of OFED
  •     Influence over the standards and functionality included in each new release of the OpenFabrics Software
  •     Publicity and marketing opportunities in conjunction with Alliance activities at tradeshows, conferences and workshops
  •     Opportunities to certify the interoperability of your company’s products with OFED
  •     Access to industry thought leaders
  •     Networking opportunities with fellow OFA members

To join the OFA at these levels, interested academic institutions and individuals should visit http://www.openfabrics.org and view the Membership section.

About OFED

The OFA delivers its code ““ free, tested and reliable ““ to kernel.org for further distribution by all the Linux distributors, tier one OEMs, storage system suppliers and network/fabric vendors.

OFED is used every day in business (messaging, high frequency trading, business intelligence, etc.), research, scientific and sensor environments. OFED provides high performance computing sites and enterprise data centers with efficiency, flexibility and investment protection as computing evolves towards applications and transports that require extreme speeds, massive scalability and utility-class reliability, and as networks scale up to 40 and 100 gigabits per second.

About the OpenFabrics Alliance

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association that develops, tests, licenses and distributes the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) ““ multi-platform, open-source software for high-performance, low-latency and energy-efficient computing. OFED is used in business, research and scientific environments that require fast and efficient networks, storage connectivity and parallel computing. OFED is free and is included in major Linux distributions, as well as Microsoft Windows. In addition to distributing OFED, the OFA conducts interoperability testing to ensure all releases meet multi-vendor enterprise requirements for security, usability and reliability. For more information about the OFA, visit http://www.openfabrics.org.

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