[Beowulf] Re: torus versus (fat) tree topologies
csamuel at vpac.org
Mon Nov 22 17:12:19 PST 2004
On Tue, 23 Nov 2004 06:22 am, Mark Hahn wrote:
> IMO, "industry standard" doesn't apply until there are at least
> three independent sources of all necesary parts, and really it's
> a bit of a lie until random far-eastern factories can churn out
> the stuff.
There were also some concerns about the licensing arrangements & possible
patent encumerbances for the standards, and the fact that until recently you
had to pay $9500 to get hold of them..
See the LWN article "InfiniBand: a proprietary standard?" at:
One of the last comments finishes on an upbeat note though, saying:
Download InfiniBand specification for free
(Posted Oct 26, 2004 16:11 UTC (Tue) by gbayer) (Post reply)
Looks like the InfiniBand Trade Association reacted.
Today, I was able to download the latest version 1.2 of the InfiniBand
specification here after a simple name and email registration. I did not have
to sign any licence, nor did the specification itself contain anything beyond
a copyright statement.
although this doesn't clarify any patent issues..
Christopher Samuel - (03)9925 4751 - VPAC Systems & Network Admin
Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing http://www.vpac.org/
Bldg 91, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton South, VIC 3053, Australia
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