InfiniBand Trade Association Appoints Agilent to Steering Committee

5/1/2003 - The InfiniBand Trade Association announced that Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) has joined leading industry vendors Dell, Hewlett-Packard, InfiniSwitch, Intel, IBM, Mellanox, Network Appliance and Sun Microsystems on the association's steering committee. This announcement comes as the InfiniBand industry highlights its most recent technology solutions at Networld+Interop in Las Vegas. InfiniBand architecture is emerging in data centers this year as the leading clustering interconnect technology.

As an early supporter of InfiniBand technology, Agilent has a wide array of InfiniBand product offerings ranging from tools supporting development of the technology to InfiniBand silicon and systems from the company's recent acquisition of RedSwitch, an InfiniBand startup. This broad participation in the InfiniBand market brings a unique perspective to the InfiniBand Trade Association steering committee, making Agilent a natural addition to the leadership of the organization.

"The InfiniBand industry ecosystem is making great strides in deployment of InfiniBand solutions to data center and HPC implementations," said Tom Bradicich, the co-chair of the trade association's steering committee. "We're pleased to see Agilent join the trade association's steering committee as the group is transitioning into one of solution delivery support."

"Agilent is very pleased to expand its role within the InfiniBand community through participation in the steering committee," said Dr. Hungwen Li, vice president and general manager of Agilent's RedSwitch Division. "From our early days in the development of the specification to our present offering of development tools and production silicon, we will continue our leadership efforts in the deployment of the InfiniBand Architecture."

At Networld+Interop
The announcement comes at N+I where member companies are featuring three demonstrations of the latest capabilities of InfiniBand architecture including demonstrations of HPC clustering capabilities featuring InfiniSwitch InfiniBand solutions, IBM DB2 clustering capacity utilizing InfiniCon's InfiniBand connectivity, and demonstrations of the latest InfiniBand clustering technology from Voltaire. The collective demonstrations underscore InfiniBand architecture's ability to improve the performance and scalability of compute clusters for data center and HPC environments. InfiniBand architecture has already been deployed across multiple HPC installations including Los Alamos Labs, Cornell Theory Center, and Sandia Labs and is under evaluation and early deployment in corporate data centers worldwide.

About InfiniBand Trade Association
The Internet is creating an increased demand for server computer I/O subsystem performance, scalability, reliability and flexibility. A shift to a switched fabric-based I/O architecture will enable industry participants to meet this increased demand. The InfiniBand Trade Association developed a specification for a channel-based, switched fabric architecture that provides a scalable performance range of 500Mbyte/s to 6 Gbyte/s, meeting the needs from entry level to high-end enterprise systems. InfiniBand Trade Association represents the industry's choice for developing I/O technologies that will keep pace with the demands of the Internet age.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 35,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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