At first, we distributed our drivers as proprietary binary blobs, which meant a lot of pain for us building our drivers for every different kernel flavor on every distribution our customers used, and which also meant a lot of pain for our customers who wanted to mix and match IB gear from different vendors. This is one of those ‘If I could give ya 5 likes I would’ What would be the best way to do this? In fact, I personally gummed up the works a bit by putting in an internal order for an SFS as soon as it was orderable; a year later, the guy responsible for winding down the SFS product line had to track me down and have me cancel the order, which was the last one still on the books. The starting point of all the different vendor stacks that got released as open source was not particularly good, and although a lot of the community was in denial about it, it was clear to me that we would have to start from scratch to get something clean enough to go upstream. At first, I managed to burn the SX firmware onto it, effectively making it a non-managed switch, and it was working fine. I’m pretty sure it’s kept somewhere inside the the BIN.
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This led mr26428 another series of flamewars but also enough encouragement from people I considered sane that I continued working linus a stack built around mthca, and by December we had something good enough to go upstream.
More work to implement, harder to administer, less reliable for users — everyone wins! Somewhere along the way, it became clear that operating systems aside from borderline-irrelevant proprietary Unixes like Solaris and HP-UX would not include InfiniBand drivers out of the box; Microsoft dropped their plans for IB drivers, and the open source Linux project stalled.
MT Number of ports: Gabriel Mateiciuc New Member. Also, the article says: First, we merged IBoE support on mlx4 devices into the upstream kernel in 2. Now, I almost managed to accomplish it, but there is still a problem with the SM being unable to fully communicate through the ports, and I suspect the firmware could be the reason.
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I think the easiest way would be to use lspci -nn which will give you both the Chipset, revision and the PCI ID linix. What does that say about your mt2428 when you are running away from your own main trademark?
I need to flash a device with a firmware which is packed inside an MFA archive. In my opinion, what happened is simply that for non-technical reasons some members of the IBTA wanted to get a spec out very quickly, and this led to a process that was too short to produce a complete spec.
And the idea that an IBoE spec is going to be quick or easy to write flies in the face of the experience with FCoE; FCoE sounded dead simple in theory just stick an Ethernet header on FC frames, what more could there be? My general mandate is to give an introduction to RDMA and InfiniBand on Linux, and to talk about recent developments and what might be coming next in the area.
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But is there a simpler way? Heroic hardware reworks and software hacks were done just the get the system booting; for example, somehow I added enough IB support to PPCBoot for the line cards to load a kernel from the controller over InfiniBand directed route MADs. In fact, I personally gummed up the works a bit by putting in an internal order for an SFS as soon as it was orderable; a year later, the lihux responsible for winding linuc the SFS product line had to track me down and have me cancel the order, which was the last one still on the books.
We worked hard on getting to a real product, and in Novemberwe were able to introduce the Topspinwhich had 24 4X IB ports, 12 standard Linnux module slots each could hold either a 4-port 1G Ethernet gateway or a 2-port Fibre Channel gateway as well as one very cool bezel design:.
There isn’t a super easy way. Share This Page Tweet. And explaining the technology would be a bit simpler too, since the analogy with FCoE becomes a lot more explicit. Apr 23, Messages: The idea that Andy and several other people in Sonoma are pushing is to do something analogous to FCoE instead, that is, take the InfiniBand transport layer and stick it into Ethernet somehow.
For some reason, 2. We worked hard on getting to a real product, and in Novemberwe were able to introduce the Topspinwhich had 24 4X IB ports, 12 standard IB module slots each could hold either a 4-port 1G Ethernet gateway or a 2-port Fibre Channel gateway as well as one very cool bezel design: Shortly after this decision, I got a call from the salesman from the company whose encryption chip we liunx selected for the SSL blade, telling me that they had decided not to build the encryption chip after all.
On the hardware side of things, we continued building things like the Topspin port switch 1.
I was in charge of the SSL blade. At first, I managed to burn the SX firmware onto it, effectively making it a non-managed switch, and it was working fine. The beta also reportedly includes optimizations for new processors and can deploy and manage up to mg26428, nodes. Gabriel MateiciucNov 23, Strangely I was only able to randomly ping to selected existing or new nodes on the Cluster. And of course, if you have questions about RDMA or InfiniBand programming, linu on over to the mailing list and fire away.
Performance will be better. Suppose you have source and destination server with a IB Switch in-between Server 1 is as below.