U New Hampshire Lab Demos at iWarp Interoperability

The University of New Hampshire successfully demonstrated multi-vendor interoperability between iWARP devices, which it claimed was an industry first.

iWARP is the latest in a series of extensions to Ethernet that lowers CPU overhead in Ethernet networks.

The demo was run at an iWarp interoperability "plugfest" at UNH's InterOperability Laboratory. Engineers there successfully achieved interoperability running iWARP between 10-Gigabit Ethernet adapter cards from Chelsio Communications and NetEffect.

Additional plugfest participants included network testing systems vendor Anue Systems, testing solutions provider Finisar, cable provider W.L. Gore, and partner test company Lamprey Networks, as well as storage and network gear vendors ProCurve Networking by HP and Fulcrum Microsystems.

Bob Noseworthy, UNH-IOL senior technical manager, said one of the "major pitfalls in iWARP's market acceptance has been the lack of demonstrated interoperability between products.

"We have successfully built the bridge--now all that has to happen is for the rest of the industry to walk over it," he said. A second iWARP plugfest is tentatively scheduled for the fall.

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