In October of 2000, I hopped a Las Vegas-bound flight to attend a developers' event being thrown by the InfiniBand Trade Association.
By way of background, InfiniBand was one of the hot technology properties of the pre-bubble-bursting days. It was touted as a better (faster, more efficient) way to connect servers than the ubiquitous Ethernet. Its more vocal backers, of which there were many, went so far as to position it as a "System Area Network"--a connective fabric for data centers. A whole mini-industry of silicon, software, host bus adapter, and switch vendors supported InfiniBand. One sizable … Read more