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Hardware, software firms form multi-core alliance

Posted: 30 Apr 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multi-core  software  hardware  data centre 

Hardware and software providers have formed the eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance to drive innovations in multi-core parallel processing platforms and software development for next-generation enterprise, telecom and data centre networks. The eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance serves as the foundation upon which OEMs can more effectively and more efficiently develop high-performance networking equipment using industry-leading multi-core processors.

"We are in the early deployment phase of what is likely to be an industry-wide, multi-decade migration to multi-core processors across multiple markets and Tier One OEM platforms," said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at The Linley Group. "Some of the key challenges in this migration include the significant effort required to parallelise software code originally developed for single-core processors, as well as the need to achieve efficient hardware partitioning between control and data plane processing. The eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance is a big step in accelerating the adoption of multi-core processors by bringing together partners to make best-in-class hardware and software available to system developers. We applaud the members of the Alliance for driving this initiative."

"The eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance brings together the very best platform and software providers who provide a wide portfolio of solutions and who are leaders in their respective areas of expertise," said Behrooz Abdi, executive VP and general manager at NetLogic Microsystems. "The Alliance provides a foundation upon which developers can innovate to create new, breakthrough solutions that can take full advantage of the superior performance and functionality of multi-core processors."

As a founding member of the eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance, NetLogic Microsystems is committed to an open programming model for its family of market-leading multi-core, multi-threaded processors to allow greater access and tighter coupling between networking software and the XLR, XLS and XLP multi-core processors. This enables significant improvements in the application development efficiency of software code and overall system performance. In addition, this enables the development of new enhanced services and applications for next-generation Internet networks that are highly optimised for multi-core, multi-threaded processors.

Leading multi-core hardware and software providers which have announced participation in the eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance include 6WIND, Abatron, Advantech, AirHop, Aricent, Axentra, BitDefender, BroadWeb, Continuous Computing, CriticalBlue, D2 Technologies, Effnet, ENEA, JumpGen, Kaspersky Lab, Lanner Group, Macraigor, Mentor Graphics, NetLogic, NEXCOM, Procera, Qosmos, Sensory Networks, Silicom and TeamF1.





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