New to the OFA Workshop in 2019 – Hands-on RDMA Mini-Cluster Tutorial

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The Annual OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop is just around the corner – March 19-21, 2019 in Austin, TX – and we are excited to announce a brand new Workshop activity that further underscores the OFA’s commitment to fostering collaboration within the advanced fabrics community.

Over the three-day Workshop, OFA Vice Chair Doug Ledford of member company Red Hat will lead a multi-session tutorial on how to setup an RDMA-enabled mini-cluster on a laptop. The objective for attendees will be to go from a laptop with VirtualBox software installed to a working mini-cluster that is RDMA-enabled for hands-on experimentation and testing.

This guided tutorial is intended for attendees who are interested in getting a working RDMA-enabled setup on their personal computer. When complete, attendees will be able to experiment with the various features of RDMA both in kernel and user space. 

During the first session of the tutorial, participants will walk through setting up the required infrastructure in VirtualBox for the network backend and creating the needed machine descriptions for a head node and multiple compute nodes. Attendees will then perform the actual distribution installs later that day on their own time. 

The next session will cover how to configure RDMA software on the head node, configure access to the head node on the client nodes, experiment with RDMA benchmark software, and test out the various RDMA management tools.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to receive in-person expert guidance on RDMA with the experts of OFA – Register today!

For more information on event registration and lodging, visit the OFA Workshop 2019 Registration webpage.

Dates: March 19-21, 2019

Location: Thompson Conference Center, University of Texas at Austin

Registration Site:

Registration Fee: $695 (Early Bird to February 26, 2019), $815 (Regular)

Lodging: OFA has reserved a limited number of sleeping rooms at the Sheraton Austin Hotel Capitol and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin Northwest Arboretum. Reservations must be made by Monday, February 25, 2019.