The 17th annual OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop will be taking place virtually March 15-19, 2021. The OFA Workshop is a premier means of fostering collaboration among those who develop fabrics, deploy fabrics and create applications that rely on fabrics. It is the only event of its kind where fabric developers and users can discuss emerging fabric technologies, collaborate on future industry requirements, and address problems that exist today.
The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is an open source-based organization that develops, tests, licenses, supports and distributes RDMA/Advanced Networks software and the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution of the RDMA/Advanced Networks software. The Alliance’s mission is to develop and promote software that enables maximum application efficiency by delivering wire-speed messaging, ultra-low latencies and maximum bandwidth directly to applications with minimal CPU overhead.
Founded in June 2004 as the OpenIB Alliance, the Alliance was originally focused on developing a vendor-independent, Linux-based InfiniBand software stack. In 2005, the Alliance committed itself to supporting Windows, a move that would make the software stack truly cross-platform. In 2006, the organization again expanded its charter to include support for iWARP and in 2010 it added support for RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet), both for delivering high-performance RDMA and kernel bypass solutions over Ethernet. In 2014 the Alliance expanded again with the creation of the OpenFabrics Interfaces working group to investigate and incorporate support for other high performance networks.