iWarp Goes Multi-Vendor

Arthur Cole

Interest is growing in the IETF's iWarp Internet extention as a means to boost the power of Ethernet connectivity around the enterprise.


Last week, we told you about a company called NetEffect, which recently introduced the NEO20 line of 1 Gb and 10 Gb Ethernet adapters designed with iWarp support. Now, the company has teamed up with Chelsio to show that the format is capable of multi-vendor interoperability.


The firms used the interoperability "plugfest" sponsored by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lanoratory to link their respective 10 GbE adapter cards. The event also featured test equipment from Anue Systems and Finisar and storage networking from ProCurve and Fulcrum Microsystems.


What's significant about all this is that iWarp is capable of virtually eliminating CPU overhead, boosting Ethernet throughput and providing quicker storage access and lower latency for high-power systems. The last link in the chain was proof that iWarp could function effectively in multi-vendor environments.


Now that the multi-vendor issue is settled, it's likely iWarp will emerge as a major infrastructural solution for firms looking into datacenter clustering.

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