SBS Introduces InfiniBand Driver with SDP and IPoIB for VxWorks

4/28/2005 - SBS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBSE), a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded computer solutions, is continuing its role as an embedded computer industry market leader by announcing the IB4X-VXWORKS InfiniBand driver for the VxWorks® real-time operating system with IPoIB and SDP protocols for InfiniBand HCAs—the first set of VxWorks® drivers for InfiniBand host channel adapters (HCAs).

This high-performance InfiniBand technology driver is ideal for VxWorks real-time applications that require high-speed data transfers such as medical imaging for MRI and CT equipment, radar and sonar, and other applications that involve intensive image processing.

"The IB4X-VXWORKS solution for InfiniBand technology is designed for embedded applications, like those in medical imaging, avionics and military and commercial simulation fields, which 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 InfiniBand and VxWorks. We've leveraged that expertise to deliver an outstanding piece of software that is complementary to our VITA 41 products, CompactPCI, PCI and PMC form factor HCAs."

As a serial switched fabric technology, InfiniBand architecture has gained much respect and success in the high performance computing and enterprise markets for its high performance and scalability. Now, with IB4X-VXWORKS, developers working with high-performance real-time applications can bring high-performance scalability and enhanced reliability to their solutions.

The IB4X-VXWORKS InfiniBand driver supports the Sockets Direct Protocol (SDP). This protocol provides a very high speed sockets interface that allows traditional sockets-based applications to take advantage of InfiniBand’s advanced features and delivers much higher data transfer rates while using a significantly smaller portion of host CPU than standard socket interfaces. The driver also supports the IPoIB. IPoIB provides the standard network socket interface. The VxWorks Subnet Manager is included to enable fabric discovery, initialization, and monitoring.

SBS Technologies also includes its Mirror API, a low-level application programming interface targeted specifically at real-time embedded applications. The API runs on top of IB4X-VXWORKS to provide an easy-to-use interface to shorten application development time.

IB4X-VXWORKS complies with the VxWorks Ready Driver board support package (BSP) API so that it works across SBS Technologies wide range of Ready Driver x86 and PowerPC single board computers and I/O cards.

Price and Availability:
Available now, the IB4X-VXWORKS InfiniBand software starts at $200, but is included free of charge with SBS InfiniBand HCA boards purchased in volume.

About SBS Technologies
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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