Nine Tech Leaders Establish New OpenCAPI Standard for High-Performance Workloads

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Several tech leaders recently announced support for a new OpenCAPI standard, according to an article featured in Forbes. This server-accelerated standard aims to help businesses meet computing demands for important modern-day workloads, which should drive industry growth as a result.

Changing the Game

The new server standard, OpenCAPI, was created by nine tech leaders: Advanced Micro Devices, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron Technology, NVIDIA and Xilinx. And it marks important progress for the tech industry. “This is big, really big,” wrote contributor Patrick Moorhead in Forbes. “Acceleration is what all the cool kids are doing.”

Open technology standards aid in profitability by allowing businesses to share specifications for data-driven workloads and enable “growth in every part of the tech industry from IoT to smartphones to the internet and to the datacenter,” according to the source.

Once available, the new standard — with its fast transfer rate of 25Mbit per second — may allow for the efficiencies necessary to change the way businesses work. “OpenCAPI is a new standard to enable very high performance accelerators like FPGAs, graphics, network and storage accelerators that perform functions the datacenter server’s general purpose CPU isn’t optimized for,” Forbes explained.

Moreover, since CAPI (Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface) technology was introduced by IBM in 2014, “the industry has embraced and validated its potential as a game-changing technology for the most important modern workloads, including artificial intelligence, advanced data analytics and deep learning,” said Brad McCredie, IBM Fellow and Vice President of POWER Development. “As a result of this initial success, IBM has decided to double down on our commitment to open standards and enablement of industry innovation by opening up access to our CAPI technology to the entire industry.”

OpenCAPI Products and Deliverables

The new open technology standard already has a spec, board, governance, tiering and products — which should deliver in the second half of 2017, according to Forbes. In the second half of next year, IBM plans to introduce its new Power9-based servers, which use the OpenCAPI standard. Google and Rackspace’s new Zaius will use Power9 technology and the new open standard as well. Xilinx reportedly plans to add OpenCAPI to their field-programmable gate arrays, as well.

OpenCAPI should be available to the public, free of charge, before the end of the year.

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Kelley Katsanos

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Kelley Katsanos is a freelance writer specializing in business and technology. She has previously worked in business roles involving marketing analysis and competitive intelligence. Her freelance work appears at IBM Midsize Insider, Houston Chronicle's chron.com, and AZ Central Small Business. Katsanos earned a Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University as well as a bachelor's degree in Business with an emphasis in marketing. Her interests include information security, marketing strategy, and business process improvement.