Novell Inc has announced that it will include the open source OpenIB InfiniBand software stack in its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system in order to help its users improve server utilization.
Meanwhile, the industry alliance behind the OpenIB software has announced that it has expanded its mission to include the OpenRDMA Project and has changed its name to the OpenFabrics Alliance.
The OpenIB project began in June 2004 as the likes of Intel Corp, IBM Corp, TopSpin Communications (now owned by Cisco Systems Inc), and Mellanox Technologies Ltd formed the then OpenIB Alliance to create an open source industry-standard software stack for implementing the InfiniBand software in Linux.
The OpenIB software stack and core drivers were incorporated via a set of patches in to the Linux kernel just over a year ago, but given the loss of momentum for the InfiniBand protocol, the support of Waltham, Massachusetts-based Novell is a significant boost.
The Linux and identity management software vendor particularly plans to encourage users to make use of the OpenIB stack as a foundation for deploying the open source Xen server virtualization functionality for large multi-node clusters.
The inclusion of the OpenRDMA Project means that the OpenFabric Alliance will now focus on software developments for RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) over both InfiniBand and Ethernet.