IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension to Popular PCI Express Computing Standard

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 09:41 PM |

Sept. 27, 2006
— IBM and Intel Corporation, with support from dozens of
other companies, have developed a proposal to enhance PCI Express*
technology to address the performance requirements of new usage models,
such as visualization and extensible markup language (XML).

The proposal, codenamed 'Geneseo,'
outlines enhancements that will enable faster connectivity between the
processor -- the computer's brain -- and application accelerators, and
improve the range of design options for hardware developers.
Applications that will benefit include visualization, such as complex
weather modeling; math and physics, such as data intensive financial
applications; and content processing, such as the encryption and
decryption of communications infrastructure data.

is co-founding a new open standard for attaching accelerators and
co-processors to server platforms,' said Dr. Tom Bradicich, IBM fellow
and chief technology officer, System x™ and BladeCenter® Servers. 'Like
PCI-X, InfiniBand and PCI Express, this new architecture defines a
standards-based approach for improving general purpose server
accessibility within new and emerging application areas, such as
encryption, visualization, XML and complex mathematical modeling.'