IBM & Google with 7others to unveil a new open interface to take on Intel

IBM Corp, Google and seven other companies have joined their hands to launch an open specification that can increase datacenter server performance

Tech giants IBM Corp, Google in collaboration with seven others will launch an open specification that will boost the datacenter server performance by 10x, to take on Intel Corp. The novel standard, called Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (OpenCAPI), is an open forum to deliver a high bandwidth, low latency open interface design plan. The open interface will help the corporate and cloud data centers to speed up big data, analytics, machine learning,  and other emerging workloads.

The association plans to make the OpenCAPI specification accessible to the public before the end of the year, and expects the servers and related products based on the new standard during the second half of 2017, they said in a statement. Intel, the world’s leading chipmaker, is known to keep its server technologies and has selected to sit out of the new consortium. In the past also, it had stayed away from major open standards technology groups such as CCIX and Gen-Z.

“As artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced analytics become the price of doing business in today’s digital era, huge volumes of data are now the norm,” Doug Balog, the general manager of IBM Power, told Reuters.

“It’s clear that today’s datacenters can no longer rely on one company alone to drive innovation,” Balog added.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Mellanox Technologies Ltd, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., Micron Technology Inc., NVIDIA Corp., and Xilinx Inc. are also the members of OpenCAPI consortium.


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