Implementing InfiniBand on IBM System p

An IBM Redbooks publication

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Published on September 18, 2007

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ISBN-10: 0738486515
ISBN-13: 9780738486512
IBM Form #: SG24-7351-00


Authors: Dino Quintero, Dr. Norbert Conrad, Rob Desjarlais, Marc-Eric Kahle, Jung-Hoon Kim, Hoang-Nam Nguyen, Tony Pirraglia, Fernando Pizzano, Shi Lei Yao and Octavian Lascu

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    Abstract

    This IBM Redbooks publication will illustrate the installation procedures of InfiniBand on the IBM System p5 with Linux and AIX 5L. InfiniBand adapters, switches, and network management software will be described in this publication. The IBM HPC stack will be tested with InfiniBand (Parallel Environment, LoadLeveler, GPFS, ESSL, and Parallel ESSL). Communication protocols such as MPI and LAPI will be tested and observations will be illustrated in this book.

    This book is the complete guide on how to implement InfiniBand on the IBM System p5. It is targeted at all IT professionals looking to understand what is behind the InfiniBand technologies, how to deploy it, and what is the IBM solution incorporating this technology.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. InfiniBand architecture

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Introduction to InfiniBand technology

    Chapter 3. InfiniBand hardware overview and implementation

    Part 2. Implementation

    Chapter 4. InfiniBand on AIX 5L

    Chapter 5. IBM System p cluster with InfiniBand and SUSE SLES 9

    Part 3. Support

    Chapter 6. Problem determination

    Chapter 7. Best practices

    Chapter 8. Monitoring tools for InfiniBand adapter

    Appendix A. InfiniBand security

    Appendix B. Cluster Ready Hardware Server

    Appendix C. Function cross table: Linux for AIX sysadmins

    Appendix D. Installing OFED and eHCA on Linux Kernel 2.6.16, 2.6.17, and 2.6.18

     

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