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Mellanox Academy Course


InfiniBand Fundamentals Course

Part Number: MTR-OST-B

Duration: 2 Days

This class provides the foundation for the InfiniBand technology from a usability point of view and builds from the details of the InfiniBand specification. It is designed to meet the needs of anyone who is involved in installing, configuring, managing, troubleshooting and monitoring InfiniBand fabrics.

This two-day course combines InfiniBand theory of operations with task-oriented hands-on lab exercises that provide a logical approach to the high performance network arena.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to support level 1 fabric debug functions, as well as main.

What's in it for me?

Where do I start learning about InfiniBand?

The answer is this InfiniBand Fundamentals course.

With this course, you will be on your way to becoming an InfiniBand (IB) guru. The more you understand InfiniBand, the simpler it is to manage.
You will soon see your InfiniBand troubleshooting skills improving; MTTR will decrease and you will be more confident supporting InfiniBand high performance computing environments.

This class provides the foundation for the InfiniBand technology from a usability point of view and builds from the details of the InfiniBand specification. It is designed to meet the needs of anyone who is involved in installing, configuring, managing, troubleshooting and monitoring InfiniBand fabrics.

This two-day course combines InfiniBand theory of operations with task-oriented hands-on lab exercises that provide a logical approach to the high performance network arena.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to support level 1 fabric debug functions, as well as maintain and perform primary InfiniBand fabrics using Mellanox tools and best practices.

Upon completion of this course, they should be able to perform the following:

  • Describe the InfiniBand (IB) protocol foundations
  • Understand InfiniBand Subnet Manager main functions
  • List, understand, and describe InfiniBand main topologies
  • Understand InfiniBand partitions within Subnet Manager configuration
  • Describe Mellanox end-to-end InfiniBand cluster solutions
  • Describe InfiniBand cabling options
  • Perform basic activities of InfiniBand switch using its CLI
  • Perform basic fabric troubleshooting

Target Audience

  • Network & system administrators
  • Network & system engineers
  • InfiniBand pre-sales staff

Prerequisites


Data communications and Linux knowledge

Day 1 Agenda

InfiniBand Architecture

  • InfiniBand Fabric Elements
  • HCA, Switches, SM and Gateways
  • InfiniBand Link Speeds (SDR, DDR, QDR, FDR)
  • Device Addressing (GUIDs & LIDs)
  • Introducing the FDR 36-Port ASIC
  • Link Layer Flow Control Principles
  • Transport Layer Functions
  • Quality of Service Introduction (QoS)
  • Management Datagrams and VL15
  • Fabric Partitioning

InfiniBand Supported Protocols

  • Describe the Primary Upper Layer Protocols (ULP) for InfiniBand
  • Which Protocols can Utilize the RDMA Capabilities (Verbs)
  • Who Uses What?

Network Topologies

  • How to Scale from 36 Ports
  • What is a CLOS Topology?
  • Supported Topologies
  • Explaining Cross Bisectional Bandwidth

Cabling Best Practices

  • What to Do and What Not to Do
  • Cable Management

InfiniBand Subnet Manager

  • The Seven Steps for Fabric Bring-up (Initialization Process)
  • SM High Availability (HA)
  • Introducing the Primary SM Routing Algorithms

InfiniBand Management

  • Management Datagrams
  • Subnet Management Interface (SMI)
  • General Service Interface (GSI)
  • Performance Management Introduction
  • Baseboard Management Introduction

Day 2 Agenda

Mellanox OFED Introduction

  • Adapter Packages
  • Introducing the OFED stack
  • OFED Components
  • Adapter Packages
  • OFED Installation
  • Configuring OFED
  • Host Based Utilities
  • Cluster Based Utilities
  • Performance Utilities

Mellanox Switch Portfolio Introduction

  • QDR and FDR Platforms
  • Switch FRUs
  • Switch LED Indicators
  • Configuring Your Switch for the First Time

Mellanox Switch OS

  • Mellanox_OS introduction
  • Chassis Management Using CLI
  • Chassis Management Using GUI
  • Updating Chassis Firmware
  • Viewing Switch Logs
  • Internal Switch SM

Fabric Troubleshooting

  • Using Host Utilities
  • Using Switch Utilities
  • Troubleshooting Congestion

Unified Fabric Manager Introduction

  • UFM® Overview
  • Installing UFM® - Guidelines
  • Introducing the Logical Model
  • Monitoring the Fabric
  • Tracing Events

Lab Practices

  • OFED Host Utilities
  • Mellanox OS

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