[ofiwg] ofiwg item: supporting other OS's

Hefty, Sean sean.hefty at intel.com
Fri Jan 8 10:15:24 PST 2016

As a discussion item for the next ofiwg, the topic has come up (again) about supporting other operating systems, specifically Windows and Solaris.

At least two development teams have asked about support outside of Linux.  The desire is to code only to libfabric, with it dealing with differences in the underlying interfaces.  This is partially driven by the socket provider support inside libfabric, which allows for applications to remove their support for sockets.

This in turn is driving the need for the sockets provider to focus on performance and scalability, rather than just functionality, which was the original goal.

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