CXL‚ĄĘ Consortium & Gen‚ÄĎZ Consortium Sign Letter of Intent to Advance Interconnect Technology

Novem¬≠ber 10, 2021 ‚ÄĒ High per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ting con¬≠ti¬≠nues to evolve‚ÄĒmeeting the ever-incre¬≠asing demand for high effi¬≠ci¬≠en¬≠cy, low-laten¬≠cy, rapid and seam¬≠less pro¬≠ces¬≠sing. The Gen‚ÄĎZ Con¬≠sor¬≠ti¬≠um was foun¬≠ded in 2016 to crea¬≠te a next-gene¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on fabric capa¬≠ble of bridging exis¬≠ting solu¬≠ti¬≠ons while enab¬≠ling new, unboun¬≠ded inno¬≠va¬≠ti¬≠on in an open, non-pro¬≠prie¬≠ta¬≠ry stan¬≠dards body.

In 2019, the CXL‚ĄĘ Con¬≠sor¬≠ti¬≠um laun¬≠ched to deli¬≠ver Com¬≠pu¬≠te Express Link‚ĄĘ (CXL‚ĄĘ), an indus¬≠try-sup¬≠port¬≠ed cache-coher¬≠ent inter¬≠con¬≠nect desi¬≠gned for pro¬≠ces¬≠sors, memo¬≠ry expan¬≠si¬≠on, and acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠tors. The CXL Con¬≠sor¬≠ti¬≠um and the Gen‚ÄĎZ Con¬≠sor¬≠ti¬≠um estab¬≠lished a joint memo¬≠ran¬≠dum of under¬≠stan¬≠ding (MOU) pro¬≠vi¬≠ding an oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty for col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on to defi¬≠ne bridging bet¬≠ween the pro¬≠to¬≠cols. This took the form of a joint working group that encou¬≠ra¬≠ged crea¬≠ti¬≠vi¬≠ty and inno¬≠va¬≠ti¬≠on bet¬≠ween the two orga¬≠niza¬≠ti¬≠ons toward the bet¬≠ter¬≠ment of the indus¬≠try as a whole. 

Loo¬≠king to the future, the CXL Con¬≠sor¬≠ti¬≠um and Gen‚ÄĎZ Con¬≠sor¬≠ti¬≠um have iden¬≠ti¬≠fied syn¬≠er¬≠gies bet¬≠ween the two con¬≠sor¬≠tia that resul¬≠ted in the sig¬≠ning of a Let¬≠ter of Intent which, if pas¬≠sed and agreed upon by all par¬≠ties, would trans¬≠fer the Gen‚ÄĎZ Spe¬≠ci¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons and all Gen‚ÄĎZ assets to the CXL Consortium.

The intent of both orga¬≠niza¬≠ti¬≠ons is to focus indus¬≠try efforts rela¬≠ted to the deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment of a memo¬≠ry coher¬≠ent inter¬≠face under the CXL Con¬≠sor¬≠ti¬≠um with CXL as the sole indus¬≠try stan¬≠dard moving for¬≠ward. This shift will help stream¬≠li¬≠ne the tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment under a sin¬≠gle, laser-focu¬≠sed orga¬≠niza¬≠ti¬≠on. Mem¬≠ber com¬≠pa¬≠nies will be able to dedi¬≠ca¬≠te resour¬≠ces to one indus¬≠try orga¬≠niza¬≠ti¬≠on and eli¬≠mi¬≠na¬≠te the risk of dupli¬≠ca¬≠ted efforts. 

We‚Äôre exci¬≠ted about the oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to focus the com¬≠pu¬≠ting indus¬≠try on a sin¬≠gle spe¬≠ci¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on moving for¬≠ward. We‚Äôve been working tog¬≠e¬≠ther sin¬≠ce the incep¬≠ti¬≠on of the CXL Con¬≠sor¬≠ti¬≠um, and we belie¬≠ve that this is the right step for¬≠ward for our mem¬≠bers and the indus¬≠try ecosystem.