AMD, IBM and Other Technology Leaders Join Forces to Build CCIX Accelerator Consortium
Yesterday, seven technology companies announced that they had joined forces to bring a high-performance open acceleration framework to data centers. Specifically, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Qualcomm, and Xilinx would be collaborating to build a new Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators (CCIX).
“AMD strongly supports development of open standards to make heterogeneous computing more pervasive,” said Gerry Talbot, AMD corporate fellow and vice president of I/O and circuit technologies. “By joining with others in the industry to develop new interconnect specifications to accelerate performance, AMD continues its commitment to open, heterogeneous computing.”
A single interconnect technology specification will enable different vendors’ CPUs and accelerators to talk to one another while sharing main memory. CCIX will allow different accelerating applications to access and process data “irrespective of where it resides, without the need for complex programming environments.”
Building a cache coherent interface that allows devices to share data across CPUs, accelerators and networks won’t be a simple task. However, the potential benefits will be huge if they could pull this off.
“CCIX will leverage existing server interconnect infrastructure and deliver higher bandwidth, lower latency, and cache coherent access to shared memory,” said Gaurav Singh, vice president of Architecture at Xilinx. “This will result in a significant improvement in the usability of accelerators and overall performance and efficiency of data center platforms.”