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by MindShare Inc.,Tom Shanley

Describes all hardware and software operational aspects of Infini Band networking. This book details important concepts relating to the design and implementation of data networks using this emerging standard. It provides an overview of the Infini Band specification, and detailed descriptions of the architecture's operational characteristics.
Download InfiniBand Network Architecture epub
ISBN: 0321117654
ISBN13: 978-0321117656
Category: Technology
Subcategory: Hardware & DIY
Author: MindShare Inc.,Tom Shanley
Language: English
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 28, 2002)
Pages: 1208 pages
ePUB size: 1294 kb
FB2 size: 1580 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 556
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I am a linux kernel developer, working on a project that involves the open source version of the Infiniband kernel drivers. I figured I'd take advantage of this opportunity and learn as much as possible about Infiniband. I'm still doing that, but without using this book.

This is truly one of the worst technical books I've ever had the misfortune of purchasing. I am returning it now. Aside from being an unreadable jumble of high- and low-level technical notes, even the print quality is spectacularly poor.

The only reason to buy this would be if there is nothing else available. Fortunately, you'll find better information from the Infiniband Trade Association. Fill out the online form, and download all the documents, and you'll be just fine.

Hope that helps.
Dancing Lion
Contained a lot of information - but so does the multi-thousand page Infiniband spec.

This book doesn't really attempt to give a good explanation as to high level concepts - or any type of practical considerations. I would describe it as more-or-less regurgitating a ton of stuff listed in the Infiniband spec - all of which is available in the actual spec.

This book was a cheap-shot to get something voluminous out quickly, while adding little value.
Has the info I was looking for. Well written and easy to understand. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
One of the worst texts ever. Does not explain anything at all.
This book is mainly for the hardware computer designer. It is a comprehensive reference manual for InfiniBand. Typical usage of this book may be by engineers at companies that have already committed to developing InfiniBand supported systems. (Mostly members of the InfiniBand Trade Association.)
What it does not discuss is WHY your company should do such a thing. There is a good reason for this. Mentioning such issues invariably involves quite subjective estimates of future demand for InfiniBand products, and the technological and economic merits of it versus alternatives like Fibre Channel or Ultra SCSI. This can be hazy and contentious. Good for many a flame war on the Internet. Quite rightly, the author decided to stick to the demonstrable facts.
If you are unfamiliar with InfiniBand, as it is still rather new, let me offer an analogy for this book. Compare it to a definitive text on the 7 layer OSI stack or the 5 layer TCP/IP stack. Except that Shanley concentrates on the equivalent of the physical layer and the datalink layer. InfiniBand leaves higher layers to the operating system.
To reiterate: This is an excellent book that teaches you HOW to design an InfiniBand-supported chip or system. But the higher level managerial decision on WHY you would do so needs to be made from other input.