CXL Consortium™ and Gen‑Z Consortium Announce MOU Agreement

Crea­ting a frame­work for col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween two lea­ding indus­try standards

 

BEAVERTON, Ore.–The Com­pu­te Express Link™ (CXL) Con­sor­ti­um and Gen‑Z Con­sor­ti­um today announ­ced their 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.

CXL tech­no­lo­gy and Gen‑Z are gea­ring up to make big stri­des across the device con­nec­ti­vi­ty eco­sys­tem. Each tech­no­lo­gy brings dif­fe­rent yet com­ple­men­ta­ry inter­con­nect capa­bi­li­ties requi­red for high-speed com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons,” said Jim Pap­pas, board chair, CXL Con­sor­ti­um. “We are loo­king for­ward to col­la­bo­ra­ting with the Gen‑Z Con­sor­ti­um to enab­le gre­at inno­va­tions for the Cloud and IT world.”

The MOU out­lines the for­ma­ti­on of com­mon work­groups bet­ween both orga­niz­a­ti­ons to pro­vi­de clear coope­ra­ti­on, defi­ning brid­ging bet­ween the pro­to­cols while lever­aging the strengths of both technologies.

CXL and Gen‑Z are both memo­ry seman­tic pro­to­cols (read/write) that enab­le high speed con­nec­ti­vi­ty to pro­ces­sors, acce­le­ra­tors and memo­ry expan­si­on, resul­ting in uni­que archi­tec­tu­ral oppor­tu­nities and bene­fits for imple­menters. The­se tech­no­lo­gies make pos­si­ble the low laten­cy sharing of memo­ry and sto­rage resour­ce pools among pro­ces­sing ele­ments like CPUs, GPUs, AI Acce­le­ra­tors or FPGAs. CXL focu­ses on enab­ling cohe­rent node-level com­pu­ting, whe­re­as Gen‑Z focu­ses on fab­ric con­nec­ti­vi­ty at the rack and row level.

CXL and Gen‑Z tech­no­lo­gies work very well tog­e­ther, and this agree­ment faci­li­ta­tes col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween our orga­niz­a­ti­ons that will ulti­mate­ly bene­fit the ent­i­re indus­try,” said Gen‑Z Con­sor­ti­um Pre­si­dent Kur­tis Bow­man. “We are exci­ted for this new deve­lo­p­ment toward advan­cing next-genera­ti­on architectures.”

To par­ti­ci­pa­te in the com­mon work­groups, a com­pa­ny must simul­ta­ne­ous­ly be a Pro­mo­ter or Con­tri­bu­tor Mem­ber of the CXL Con­sor­ti­um, and a Gene­ral or Asso­cia­te Mem­ber of the Gen‑Z Con­sor­ti­um. To join the CXL Con­sor­ti­um, visit www.computeexpresslink.org/join. Like­wi­se, to join the Gen‑Z Con­sor­ti­um, visit www.genzconsortium.org.

About the CXL Consortium™

The CXL Con­sor­ti­um is an indus­try stan­dards body dedi­ca­ted to advan­cing Com­pu­te Express Link™ (CXL) tech­no­lo­gy. CXL is a high-speed inter­con­nect offe­ring cohe­ren­cy and memo­ry seman­ti­cs using high-band­width, low-laten­cy con­nec­ti­vi­ty bet­ween the host pro­ces­sor and devices such as acce­le­ra­tors, memo­ry buf­fers, and smart I/O devices. For more infor­ma­ti­on or to join, visit www.computeexpresslink.org.

About the Gen‑Z Consortium

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. For more infor­ma­ti­on or to join, visit www.genzconsortium.org.