Infiniband is a new networking technology for connecting servers, storage subsystems and networking devices. Great innovations have taken place in I/O networking technology: e.g., Gigabit Ehternet, Fibre Channel, and Ultra SCSI. Today's Internet data centers are very complex and servers are often connected to three or four different networks. As the amount of data coming into and flowing between server blades and storage subsystems increases, the existing system interconnects become a bottleneck. Infiniband utilizes high-speed serial technology to interconnect data center elements. Unlike other networking technologies, Infiniband permits data transfers without the intervention of the processor. This frees up most of the processor's bandwidth. The architecture provides increased reliability, better sharing of data, and built-in security. The book is based on MindShare's successful Infinband courses, and benefits from the author's experience in training thousands of professionals on this new 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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