IT majors announce open standard for cloud data center server designs



AMD, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron, NVIDIA and Xilinx announced a new, open specification that can increase datacenter server performance by up to 10 times.

The new standard is called Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (OpenCAPI). It is an open consortium to provide a high bandwidth, low latency open interface design specification.

It will enable corporate and cloud data centers to speed up big data, machine learning, analytics, and other emerging workloads.

Servers and related products based on the new standard are expected in the second half of 2017.

Capable of 25Gbits per second data rate, OpenCAPI outperforms the current PCIe specification which offers a maximum data transfer rate of 16Gbits per second.

Companies in finance, Internet services, retail, hospitality, medical, and automobile manufacturing are increasingly turning to data-intensive workloads such as machine learning, advanced analytics and other rapidly emerging technologies for competitive advantage.

Through OpenCAPI, the technology industry is enabled to build datacenter solutions that are better equipped for the most demanding next generation workloads.