The White Rabbit project was started in 2008 by Javier Serrano and
his colleagues. From the start it has been a collaborative effort where
everyone works together to make a working solution.
By summer 2012 we had built 18-port switches and used the
SPEC hardware as end nodes and
had made a demonstration program where one could see that the WR
protocol lived up to its promises. For small systems where a single end
node is sufficient, software has been written to run the White Rabbit
protocol between two SPEC boards and associated digital I/O FMC
Since then many institutes (notably GSI) have also built WR end
nodes. Many users are building test systems to evaluate the
performance for use in their upcoming applications, while some are
already deploying it for actual use in their systems. The switches and
the end node boards are available from industry.
We publish one newsletter per year and also organise a
yearly workshop to keep developers and users abreast with
the latest developments.
There is still work to be done, but globally the main work is now in the