At the Intel Developer Forum this week in San Jose, Calif., Intel will demonstrate InfiniBand, an upcoming standard for connecting CPUs with one another and with peripherals such as storage systems and network cards. InfiniBand, though delayed, is expected to reshape server designs for years to come as all the top server sellers begin to incorporate it.
Intel plans to begin sending out kits to help develop InfiniBand products in coming weeks, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said. Intel, one of the founding members of the trade association for the technology, plans to make the chips that are required for InfiniBand. Numerous start-ups as well as Lucent Technologies, Agilent and IBM also plan to make such chips.