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Working Groups Overview

Below is a list of all of the working groups and their respective mailing lists within the OpenFabrics Alliance. You must subscribe to the lists at lists.openfabrics.org prior to posting to the lists. Please do not post before joining.

The developer working groups—Enterprise Working Group (EWG)OpenFabrics Verbs Working Group (OFV), and OpenFabrics Interfaces Working Group (OFIWG)—are groups with lists that are open to subscription: you merely have to confirm your email address once you've subscribed. 

The Marketing Working Group (MWG), and Interoperability Working Group (IWG) (listname: Interop-wg) are open to subscription, but require approval by a working group co-chair.

Enterprise Working Group (EWG)

The Enterprise Working Group (EWG) qualifies and tests OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) for Linux code prior to distribution to ensure robustness and applicability for commercial usage. The EWG is open to anyone interested in OFED for enterprise Linux applications.

Developer to Developer Communications

Communications through the EWG is done using the OpenFabrics list server (lists.openfabrics.org). You can join the EWG list by visiting the list server. Joining requires you to confirm your email address after subscribing to the list, so look in your email for a request to confirm your email address.

Formal Group Management

The EWG meets periodically, which is announced through the list service. Group management communications is conducted through the EWG list. 

OpenFabrics Interfaces Working Group (OFIWG)

The OpenFabrics Interfaces Working Group (OFIWG) is committed to key objectives:

  • Developing, testing, and distributing an extensible, open source framework that provides access to high-performance fabric interfaces and services.
  • Extensible, open source interfaces aligned with ULP and application needs for high-performance fabric services. The OFIWG is open to anyone interested in working on these objectives.
    Developer to Developer Communications

Communications through the OFIWG is done using the OpenFabrics list server (lists.openfabrics.org). You can join the OFIWG list by visiting the list server. Joining requires you to confirm your email address after subscribing to the list, so look in your email for a request to confirm your email address.

Formal Group Management

The OFIWG meets periodically, which is announced through the list service. Group management communications is also conducted through the list server.

OpenFabrics Verbs Working Group (OFV)

The OpenFabrics Verbs Working Group oversees the development of verbs definition and functionality in the OpenFabrics Software (OFS) code.

Developer to Developer Communications

Communications through the OFVWG is done using the OpenFabrics list server (lists.openfabrics.org). You can join the OFVWG list by visiting the list server. Joining requires you to confirm your email address after subscribing to the list, so look in your email for a request to confirm your email address.

Formal Group Management

The OFVWG meets periodically, which is announced through the list service. Group management communications is also conducted through the list server.

Interoperability Working Group (IWG)

The Interoperability Working Group (IWG) within the OFA conducts interoperability testing in partnership with the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH IOL). Software, server, storage and network vendors, OEMs and Systems Integrators whose products support and utilize OFED participate in a transparent process that allows other OFA members to observe all tests. To see a copy of the IWG’s charter, click here. Subscribe to the group's email list. This group requires approval by a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Product Testing Certification BadgeProducts that pass these tests are granted the right to use the OFA Interoperability Trademark, providing they have a license for its use.
  • Test results for all products that earn the OFA Interoperability Trademark are available to the public here.
  • Please consult the OFA’s logo program documentation and OFA Logo Agreement for permission and guidelines for using the Interoperability Trademark.
Specifications

The specifications for InfiniBand, RoCE, iWARP, and NVMe are maintained by various organizations separate from the OFA.

  • The InfiniBand Trade Association (www.infinibandta.org) maintains the InfiniBand and RoCE Specifications.
  • The Internet Engineering Task Force maintains the iWARP Specification.
  • NVMExpress.org maintains the NVMe specification.
Interoperability Test plan

The OFA recognizes the need for the interoperability test effort to be industry-wide, where testing is conducted under the auspices of the appropriate networking organizations.

  • The InfiniBand Trade Association (www.infinibandta.org) CIWG is responsible for InfiniBand compliance and interoperability testing on cables and devices.
  • The OFA IWG is responsible for Interoperability testing on InfiniBand, iWARP and RoCE products based on OFA Software (OFED).
  • The OFA-IWG Interoperability Test Plan and related documents describe the production tests step by step.
  • Overview of the OpenFabrics Alliance Interoperability Logo Program (OFILP) describes the goals of the OFILP, the structure of the collaboration between OFA and UNH-IOL and provides a technical overview of the interoperability test procedures, scope and logistics of testing events and participation, logo grant and usage guidelines, and finally looks at some logo usage scenarios and benefits. 

Marketing Working Group (MWG)

The Marketing Working Group (MWG) oversees the marketing, promotional, and event activities of the OpenFabrics Alliance. Communications through the MWG is done using the OpenFabrics list server (lists.openfabrics.org). You can join the MWG list by visiting the list server. Joining the MWG requires approval by a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after subscribing to the list. Please contact a co-chair.

The MWG meets periodically, which is announced through direct email contact by a co-chair. The MWG meets every two weeks, with reminders and agendas announced through direct email contact.

Inactive Working Groups

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The TAC researches and identifies strategic technology initiatives for the Alliance. The TAC was formed in 2010 to focus on OFED and emerging data center requirements including virtualization, cloud, and energy efficiency. Members of this group include senior technologists from OFA member companies. You can subscribe to the TAC list, but it must be approved by a co-chair. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about the TAC and about joining this group. 

Windows Working Group (OFW)

The OFED for Windows Working Group (OFW) qualifies and tests OFED for Windows code prior to distribution to ensure robustness and applicability for commercial usage. The OFW is open to anyone interested in OFED for enterprise Windows applications.

Developer to Developer Communications

Communications through the OFW is done using the OpenFabrics list server (lists.openfabrics.org). You can join the OFW list by visiting the list server. Joining requires you to confirm your email address after subscribing to the list, so look in your email for a request to confirm your email address.

Formal Group Management

The OFW is currently inactive. When active, it meets periodically, which is announced through the list service. Group management communications is conducted through the list service. 

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