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The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), an organization that develops, tests, licenses and distributes multi-platform, open-source software for high-performance computing, cloud and datacenter applications, today announced the addition of topics to the agenda for the 6th Annual International Sonoma Workshop that will help organizations address the growing competitive pressure to increase throughput and transaction capacity while improving infrastructure efficiency.

According to recent analyst reports, high-performance computing, financial services, cloud computing, high-scale web environments, analytics, and large-scale data processing applications all face the same challenge -- delivering faster transactions per second in the face of massive explosion of data that needs to be processed.

A number of sessions on the Sonoma Workshop agenda will explore how OpenFabrics OFEDTM software can enable breakthrough performance, reduced power consumption and scalability for such applications and datacenter networks. Specifically, technical thought leaders from Cisco, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NASA Ames, Novell, Oracle and RedHat; developers from the Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Oak Ridge, Sandia and Naval Research national laboratories; and developers from the University of California, Santa Barbara who developed AppScale (the open-source version of Google App Engine) and Eucalyptus (the open-source version of Amazon EC2) will discuss real-world use cases, deployment scenarios and the challenges of today’s application solutions.

OFED is designed to optimize server-to-server and server-to-storage efficiency, bandwidth and latency. OFED is already delivering up to ten times the performance at half the hardware cost of traditional fabric software in high-performance computing, financial services, data warehousing, business intelligence, cloud, telecom and managed hosting applications. OFED is now in production at over 60 percent of the world’s top 100 HPC sites. Mainstream IT organizations are embracing OFED for its ability to support sub-microsecond latencies, wire-speed data transfers, and ultra-high-efficiency computing (80-90 percent server efficiency compared to 10-15 percent efficiency offered by legacy approaches).

The Sonoma Workshop provides attendees with invaluable networking opportunities where they are able to make connections and deepen relationships with a targeted group of professionals from many organizations, including end users, server and storage OEMs, switch and adapter providers, cable and connector vendors, and the core team of OFED developers.

The workshop is scheduled for March 14-17 at The Lodge at Sonoma. The agenda, registration details and hotel information are available at www.OpenFabrics.org.

The registration cost for the Sonoma Workshop is $595.

Sonoma Workshop sponsors are: AMD, Chelsio, Mellanox Technologies, Oracle, Voltaire and the InfiniBand Trade Association. Cable Exposition sponsors are: Cinch, FCI, Luxtera, Mellanox Technologies, Volex and Zarlink.

About the OpenFabrics Alliance

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association that develops, tests, licenses and distributes the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) -- cross-platform, open-source software for high-performance, low-latency and energy-efficient computing. OFED is used in business, research and scientific environments that require fast and efficient networks, storage connectivity and parallel computing. OFED is free and is included in major Linux distributions as well as Microsoft Windows. In addition to developing software, OFA conducts interoperability testing to ensure OFED meets multi-vendor enterprise requirements for security, usability and reliability. For more information about OFA, visit www.OpenFabrics.org.

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