Dell, Google, HP, IBM, and five more industry giants today announced a tech specification aimed at boosting datacenter server performance.
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Their OpenCAPI (Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface) standard promises to achieve up to 10 times faster operations.
"OpenCAPI can advance the future of server design by enabling higher performance for data-intensive workloads and the emerging accelerator ecosystem," Chris Johnson, principal engineer at Google, said in a statement.
By putting the computer power closer to the data—literally—OpenCAPI can transfer data at high-speed rates of 25 gigabits per second, compared to the current standard's 16 gigabits per second.
"In order to resolve problems customers face today and in the future we need an industry that collaborates on an open standards principle," Dell CTO John Roese said in a statement.
OpenCAPI is expected to be available for free to the public before the end of this year. Consortium members are already working on their own technologies: IBM plans to introduce POWER9-based servers in 2017, while Google and Rackspace's "Zaius" server will incorporate the OpenCAPI interface in its design.
Interested companies can register and download the specification online; those planning to develop products based on the specs may join the consortium or obtain a license from the group.