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.
MindShare, Inc. is one of the leading technical training companies in the hardware industry, providing innovative courses for dozens of companies, including Intel, IBM, and Compaq. Tom Shanley, president of MindShare, Inc., is one of the world's foremost authorities on computer system architecture. In the course of his career, he has trained thousands of engineers in hardware and software design. 0321117654AB07142003
Preface. Acknowledgments. 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. 22. Multicasting. 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. 31. Discovery.