Understanding the Signicance of Network Performance in End Applications: A Case Study With EtherFabric and InniBand
Due to the low speeds of earlier generation networks such as Fast Ethernet, network communication was considered to be one of the primary bottlenecks in cluster computing. Accordingly, researchers used a number of techniques to hide the communication overheads in networks. In order to alleviate this problem, several researchers and industries proposed and implemented faster networks such as Gigabit Ethernet (GigE). This trend soon led to the development of even higher speed networks such as 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GigE) and InniBAnd (IBA). Today, industries are taking the next step in high-speed networking with multi tengigabit networks such as the Mellanox 20-Gigabit IBA DDR adapters, IBM 30-Gigabit IBA adapters, etc.