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Tech giants back open data centre standard

IBM, Google and seven other tech groups are cooperating to launch an open spec that could boost data centre server performance by up to ten times and break Intel’s hold on the market, reports Reuters.

Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (OpenCAPI), is an open forum to provide a high bandwidth, low latency open interface design specification. The interface will help corporate and cloud data centres and CDNs to speed up big data, machine learning, analytics and other emerging workloads.

The consortium plans to make the OpenCAPI specification available by the end of the year and expects servers and related products based on the new standard in the second half of 2017, it said.

“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, it’s clear that today’s datacenters can no longer rely on one company alone to drive innovation ” Doug Balog, general manager for IBM Power, told Reuters.

AMD, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard, Mellanox Technologies, Micron Technology, NVIDIA Corp and Xilinx are also members of the OpenCAPI consortium.

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