In what can only be described as a turbo-charger for Ethernet-based clustered computing environments, NetXen announced today that it is supporting the iWARP protocol across its line of 10 GbE NICs.
The company is showing the new iWARP RDMA stack at the SC07 Conference in Reno, Nev., this week. The company's iWARP solution supports tools like the User Direct Access Programming Library (uDAPL), Message Passing Interface (MPI) implementations, and the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 1.2 stack for plug-and-play compatibility with Novell and Red Hat Linux distributions.
The company claims that the iWARP/10 GbE combination delivers Infiniband capabilities, such as extremely low latency and wall clock time for commercial applications, and pushes RDMA further into the mainstream data center application sphere.
NetXen provides volume NICs to Dell, IBM and HP servers, and expects to have the iWARP versions ready for shipment in the first quarter of 2008.
When I spoke with NetXen's VP of Technology, Sanjeev Jorapur, over the weekend, he highlighted the major advantages to enterprise managers, such as the ability to "utilize the same underlying hardware, and network infrastructure for all applications, while still providing the optimal transport for a given application," resulting in lower capital costs and enhanced management capabilities. You can access that interview here.