The international high performance computing (HPC) community is preparing for the upcoming Supercomputing Conference 2017 (SC17) – being held this year at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, November 12-17 – and the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is excited to be taking part in this annual gathering. The SC17 technical program will once again explore a broad range of HPC networking topics through a collection of individual talks, panel discussions, research papers, tutorials, workshops, poster presentations and birds of a feather (BoF) sessions.
The OFA’s OpenFabrics Interfaces Working Group (OFIWG) will contribute its expertise to this year’s program with a BoF session dedicated to the consumers of libfabric API. Since its introduction, libfabric has gained quite a bit of traction among the users of network-based services. This upcoming BoF will be focused on those deploying libfabric in support of applications, building on top of previous sessions covering initial libfabric developments.
The overall objective of the OFIWG BoF is to bring together individuals, companies, and institutions with a vested interest in deploying libfabric to share results, foster collaboration and spark new ideas for further development of the API. Anyone who is curious about libfabric or networking operations from a consumer perspective, as well as those evaluating libfabric as a future path, will benefit from this discussion.
April 9-13, 2018
2601 Canyon Blvd.
Boulder, CO 80302
Please mark your calendars for the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop 2018, taking place in a new location at the Embassy Suites in Boulder, CO – April 9-13. The combined developer and user tracks will be aimed at solving complex network challenges by facilitating collaboration within the OpenFabrics Software (OFS) communities.
Stay tuned for event updates, including the official Call for Sessions, sponsorship opportunities, early bird registration, and other important deadlines.
Planning for next spring’s OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop is underway, and we’re looking for a few dedicated people to help guide the technical program. The annual Workshop is a highly regarded event dedicated to bringing together thought leaders in high performance fabrics to advance the state of the art. To drive the Workshop, each year the OFA forms a Technical Program Committee (TPC) and charges it with delivering top notch technical content.
The best way to ensure that the Workshop meets the needs of the high performance fabric community is to ask for your help in designing the Workshop. This is a hands-on opportunity to work with other industry leaders to shape this important event. The TPC is responsible for defining the themes and topics that frame the Workshop, and vetting proposed talks to ensure the Workshop meets the quality expectations of the participants.
The OFA seeks to constantly expand its horizons by including perspectives from across the broad community including vendors of fabric solutions, those who deploy and manage high performance fabrics, and consumers of network services. We’re looking for technical people with insight into fabrics, including how they are built, how they are deployed, and how they are used.
Typically, the TPC has a burst of activity during the fourth quarter, followed by a hiatus and then another burst during the first quarter. We’re looking for people who can devote a couple of hours a week during the busy periods to lend your thinking and your energy toward making the Workshop all it can be. We plan to kick off this year’s Technical Program Committee with an hour long teleconference tentatively set for Monday, October 16 at 1:00PM PDT.
Paul Grun & Parks Fields
2018 TPC Co-chairs
The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) has updated the usage guidelines for its Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) training materials to encourage third party trainers to leverage and improve upon the OFA’s educational resources. With an aim toward strengthening the OFA’s educational efforts, the organization has decided to make these resources freely available for third party instructor use, with the understanding that any improvements made to the content be returned to the OFA for future consideration. This expands on the training materials’ existing purpose of individual education and instruction within organizations.
The RDMA training materials were created by the OFA and are available for free use under the GNU Free Documentation License terms. They are intended to provide professionals and organizations working in high performance computing and enterprise network industries with detailed information concerning RDMA verbs programming and resources to facilitate the mastering of coding concepts and techniques required to take advantage of RDMA.
The OFA training program is comprised of a suite of code examples and three presentations covering the following RDMA-themed topics:
- An introduction to RDMA
- Introduction on writing applications for RDMA
- Conclusion on application programming for RDMA
Presentations and example suites can be downloaded from the OFA Training Files Downloads page.