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InfiniBand is a new networking specification that revolutionizes the interconnect between processor and IO subsystems in the datacenter environment. InfiniBand delivers better performance, flexibility, and scalability than alternative network architectures. Copper wire and fiber optic InfiniBand links offer data rates ranging from 2.5 Gb/s to 30 Gb/s. This technology easily surpasses the performance of competing network infrastructures by providing kernel bypass and memory-to-memory transfer capabilities.
InfiniBand Network Architecture is a comprehensive guide to InfiniBand technology. It describes all hardware and software operational aspects of InfiniBand networking. Using the same building-block approach found in all of the books in the PC System Architecture Series, this book details important concepts relating to the design and implementation of data networks using this emerging standard. A broad overview of the InfiniBand specification is provided, as well as detailed descriptions of all the architecture's operational characteristics.
Specific topics of interest include:
Created for hardware and software engineers and developers, InfiniBand Network Architecture is a critical resource for understanding and implementing this revolutionary technology.
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List of Figures.
List of Tables.
About This Book.
I: CORE CONCEPTS.
1. Basic Terms and Concepts.
2. Intro to Attributes and Managers.
3. QP: Message Transfer Mechanism.
4. Intro to Transport Types.
5: Intro to Send/Receive Operations.
6. Division of Labor.
7. Subnet-Local Addressing.
8. Global Addressing.
9. Intro to the Managers.
10. Intro to Connection Establishment.
11. PSN Usage.
II: QP CREATION AND OPERATION.
12. QP Verbs and QP State Machine.
13. WRs, WQEs, and CQEs.
14. Asynchronous Events and Errors.
III. Protection Mechanisms.
15. Memory Protection.
16. Other Protection Mechanisms.
IV: DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE TRANSPORT SERVICES.
17. RC Transport Service.
18. UC Transport Service.
19. RD Transport Service.
20. UD Transport Service.
21. Raw Transport Service Types.
23. Automatic Path Migration.
24. Static Rate Control.
V: LINK AND PHYSICAL LAYER DESCRIPTIONS.
25. Detailed Description of the Link Layer.
26. Detailed Physical Layer Description.
VI: THE SM AND SA.
27. The SMI.
28. Detailed Description of MADs.
29. SM Methods and Attributes.
30. Multiple SMs.
It is not MindShare's intention to convince the reader that the InfiniBand networking technology is superior to other networking technologies. As with all of our books, the goal was to provide a detailed description of the InfiniBand technology for those tasked with designing InfiniBand hardware and/or software, as well as those responsible for supporting the technology once it has been deployed.
The MindShare System Architecture book series is published by Addison-Wesley and includes these publications:
The reader should keep in mind that MindShare's book series often deals with rapidly evolving technologies. This being the case, it should be recognized that the book is a "snapshot" of the state of the targeted technology at the time that the book was completed. We attempt to update each book on a timely basis to reflect changes in the targeted technology, but, due to various factors (waiting for the next version of the spec to be "frozen," the time necessary to make the changes, and the time to produce the books and get them out to the distribution channels), there will always be a delay.
This book is based on Volumes 1 and 2 of the version 1.0a InfiniBand specification.
As with all of our books, this book represents the author's interpretation of the IBA 1.0a specification. When in doubt, the specification is the final word.
The book is organized as follows:
This document contains conventions for numeric values as follows:
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