PLX Technology Joins OpenFabrics Alliance, Adding PCI Express-Based RDMA Expertise to Organization

PLX Technology Joins OpenFabrics Alliance, Adding PCI Express-Based RDMA 
Expertise to Organization 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/28/13 --  PLX Technology, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PLXT), the global leader in PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) silicon
and software connectivity solutions enabling emerging data center
architectures, today announced its membership and active
participation in the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), an organization
committed to enabling efficient computing with the highest network
bandwidth and lowest end-to-end latencies for Linux distributions and
Microsoft Windows Server operating systems.  
OFA develops, tests, licenses, supports, and distributes the open
source software package known as OpenFabrics Software (OFS) for
high-performance networking applications that demand low latency and
high scalability. OFS enables efficient computing through the support
of remote direct memory access (RDMA). RDMA allows computers to read
from and write to each other's application memory directly,
eliminating the need to copy the information to intermediate buffers,
thus removing a large burden from system CPUs which substantially
reduces latency and increases network utilization.  
The PLX vision is to extend OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution
(OFED) compatibility to native PCIe-based platforms, thus leveraging
the huge installed base of RDMA-enabled software to run without
bridging to intermediate protocols. Transport independence means that
users can utilize the same OpenFabrics RDMA, kernel bypass the
application programming interface (API), and run their applications
agnostically over PCIe, InfiniBand, iWARP or RoCE.  
"PLX is well aligned with the OpenFabrics Alliance and currently
developing compliant PCI Express-based solutions featuring RDMA and
other functions to enable PCI Express to act as a fabric within data
center racks," said Mani Subramaniyan, principal architect, system
software, PLX. "The core goal is to develop products that greatly
reduce energy costs while vastly increasing performance, and our
engagement with OFA is a step toward achieving that goal."  
"The OFA's mission is to deliver a cross-platform,
transport-independent software stack for RDMA," said Jim Ryan,
chairman, OFA. "PLX is a recognized supplier of PCI Express switching
with expertise in RDMA and we welcome their contributions to the
development and promotion of the OpenFabrics Software."  
PLX is the worldwide market leader with over 70 percent market share
in PCIe switch products, today offering 18 ExpressLane(TM) PCIe Gen3
switches. The company has many more Gen3 switches in development to
enable ExpressFabric(R), storage and other key data center
applications, and in parallel is planning for PCIe Gen4 products.  
About PLX
 PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), based in Sunnyvale,
Calif., USA, is the industry-leading global provider of
semiconductor-based PCI Express connectivity solutions primarily
targeting enterprise data center markets. The company develops
innovative software-enriched silicon that enables product
differentiation, reliable interoperability and superior performance.
Visit PLX on plxtech.com, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  
About the OpenFabrics Alliance:
 The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is a
501(c) (6) non-profit company that develops, tests, licenses and
distributes the OpenFabrics Software (OFS) -- multi-platform,
high-performance, low-latency and energy-efficient open-source RDMA
software. OpenFabrics Software is used in business, operational,
research and scientific infrastructures that require fast
fabrics/networks, efficient storage and low-latency computing. OFS is
free and is included in major Linux distributions, as well as
Microsoft Windows Server 2012. In addition to developing and
supporting this RDMA software, the Alliance delivers training,
workshops and interoperability testing to ensure all releases meet
multivendor enterprise requirements for security, reliability and
efficiency. For more information about the OFA, visit
www.openfabrics.org.  
PLX, the PLX logo, ExpressFabric, and ExpressLane are trademarks of
PLX Technology, Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions.
All other product names that appear in this material are for
identification purposes only and are acknowledged to be trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective organizations.  
PLX Technology Contact:
David Hurd
Sr. Director, Corporate Communication
(408) 328-3594
dhurd@plxtech.com  
OpenFabrics Alliance Contact:
Catherine Seeds or Caitlin New
Ketner Group (for OFA)
(512) 794-8876
OFApr@ketnergroup.com 
 
 
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