SBS Technologies Unveils First IRIX Solution for InfiniBand Technology

9/30/2004 - SBS Technologies(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:SBSE), a leading provider of embedded computing technology, announced the first set of InfiniBand(TM) IRIX(R) drivers with HIPPI-FP (High Performance Parallel Interface-Framing Protocol) emulation for InfiniBand host channel adapters (HCAs) supporting SGI 3.3V platforms.

IB4X-IRIX drivers enable the high data throughput, low latency, low CPU utilization and enhanced reliability that application developers want and for which InfiniBand is noted. Using an upper level protocol (ULP) for HIPPI emulation that is compatible with HIPPI-FP applications, IB4X-IRIX drivers allow drop-in replacement of HIPPI 3.3V hardware with InfiniBand host channel adapters (HCAs). Based on a low-level application programming interface targeted specifically at real-time data analysis, post production, and other high data volume applications, IB4X-IRIX is easy to use; consequently application development time is minimal.

"As the only IRIX drivers for the SGI platform, the IB4X-IRIX solution for InfiniBand technology, is designed for SGI application developers, like those in multimedia and film post production fields, who need to move large quantities of data fast," said Bill Molyneux, General Manager of the SBS Technologies General Purpose I/O Group in Minnesota. "SBS knows HIPPI and InfiniBand. We leveraged that expertise to deliver an excellent upgrade path for existing HIPPI customers. With the IB4X-IRIX driver, our HIPPI customers can pull their HIPPI products, drop in InfiniBand hardware and get up to 10x better performance."

InfiniBand technology is a serial switched fabric technology that has gained much respect and success in the HPC and enterprise markets for its high performance and scalability. InfiniBand technology offers the same advantages to application developers. Now, with IB4X-IRIX, developers working with high-performance SGI 3.3V PCI-X bus workstations and servers can bring the same scalability and high-performance to their solutions.

Designed to interconnect computing systems in the world of real time applications, InfiniBand technology, with data speeds up to 10Gbits/sec, adds a new level of performance for IRIX-based applications. Multiple systems can now achieve data throughput rates that were once only possible through proprietary point-to-point links.

The IB4X-IRIX solution is available with SBS InfiniBand host channel adapter hardware.

SBS Technologies, Inc., (Nasdaq:SBSE) founded in 1986, designs and builds a wide range of standard and customized embedded computer products. Our products include processor boards, input/output modules, networking devices, and complete computer systems. Our products are used in many industries, including telecommunications, medical electronics, industrial automation and defense. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, SBS maintains eight primary operating locations, has regional sales offices throughout the United States and has international sales and support offices in six countries. More information on SBS is available at

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