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OpenFabrics Alliance Announces Dates for 10th Annual International Developer Workshop

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) today announced that it will host its 10th annual International Developer Workshop on March 30 to April 2, 2014 in Monterey, CA. The workshop is dedicated to the development and improvement of OpenFabrics Software (OFS) and includes keynote speakers and panel discussions on key disruptive technologies that will challenge conventional thinking on I/O for servers and storage. OFS is the open-source software foundation of all Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) enabled fabrics, including many of the most powerful and most efficient systems on the TOP500, and is available in-box in Linux and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 distributions and on the OFA web site.

The workshop is open to developers, technologists, end-users and science and business professionals, including non-OFA members, who want to drive the future direction of I/O technology. This year’s topics are focused on I/O for Exascale systems and Enterprise applications and include interest areas such as distributed computing, storage and data access and data analysis applications. Attendees are invited to:

  • Participate in thought-provoking, technical sessions on high-performance interconnects for the Enterprise data center and HPC
  • Meet and network with other industry leaders driving I/O and interconnect technology forward from the application on down including architects, chief technologists, and end-users
  • Learn how the OpenFabrics Alliance is continuing to shape the future of I/O as the premier provider of open source software for applications running over InfiniBand, iWARP and RoCE.
  • Hear about technologies that will influence how data center fabrics and HPC systems will be built

The workshop kicks off Sunday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. with a keynote speech by Dr. Thomas Sterling, Executive Associate Director and Chief Scientist, Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST). Dr. Sterling is best known as the “father of Beowulf clustering.” A networking reception will be held immediately following the keynote. Workshop sessions begin Monday, March 31 at 8:00 am. The complete agenda will be posted on the OpenFabrics web site.

Registration and Lodging Information

Early bird registration is available until midnight February 28 at $595 per person (plus a $9.95 online service fee). After February 28 registration will be $695 per person (plus a $9.95 online service fee). Lodging for the workshop is provided by Monterey Marriott. Click here for registration and accommodations support.

About the OpenFabrics Alliance

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is a 501(c) (6) non-profit company that develops, tests, licenses and distributes the OpenFabrics Software (OFS) – multi-platform, high-performance, low-latency and energy-efficient open-source RDMA software. OpenFabrics Software is used in business, operational, research and scientific infrastructures that require fast fabrics/networks, efficient storage and low-latency computing. OFS is free and is included in major Linux distributions, as well as Microsoft Windows Server 2012. In addition to developing and supporting this RDMA software, the Alliance delivers training, workshops and interoperability testing to ensure all releases meet multivendor enterprise requirements for security, reliability and efficiency. For more information about the OFA, visit

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