Compute Express Link™: The Breakthrough CPU-to-Device Interconnect
As part of DMTF’s Alliance Partner program, the organization and the Compute Express Link™ (CXL™) Consortium agreed to a new work register, which outlines areas of technical collaboration between the two organizations. DMTF (formerly known as the Distributed Management Task Force) creates open manageability standards spanning diverse emerging and traditional IT infrastructures including cloud, virtualization, network, servers and storage. Member companies and alliance partners worldwide collaborate on standards to improve the interoperable management of information technologies. Internationally recognized by ANSI and ISO, DMTF standards enable a more integrated and cost-effective approach to management through interoperable solutions. Simultaneous development of Open Source and Open Standards is made possible by DMTF, which has the support, tools, and infrastructure for efficient development and collaboration.
The Compute Express Link (CXL) Consortium and Gen-Z Consortium developed an execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), describing a mutual plan for collaboration between the two organizations. The agreement shows the commitment each organization is making to promote interoperability between the technologies, while leveraging and further developing complementary capabilities of each technology. Founded in 2017, the Gen-Z Consortium is an industry organization developing an open systems fabric-based architecture designed to provide high-speed, low-latency, secure access to data and devices. The Gen-Z Consortium recently showcased live demonstrations of remote memory attached across a Gen-Z link. The Consortium is nearly 70 members strong and has released 11 specifications to the public, including the Core Specification 1.1.
Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and the CXL™ Consortium have formed a strategic alliance to enable the education and to support the subsequent adoption of their technologies by interested individuals, including developers, implementors, and end users. Together the CXL Consortium and SNIA will focus on joint marketing efforts, specifically between the CXL Marketing Work Group and the SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative (CMSI) Marketing Committee.