RapidIO Trade Association Announces Data Center Compute & Networking Initial Reference Design

Task group develops phase I of open reference designs for organizations like Open Compute Project, Scorpio, Financial data centers, supercomputers and data center OEMs based on RapidIO

Austin, TX – October 21, 2013 – RapidIO.org, the organization that promotes and develops standards for the RapidIO interconnect architecture announces the first draft of the reference design released by the Data Center Compute and Networking Task Group (DCCN). The group, utilized initial contributions by several member companies including the founding task group members from Freescale, IDT, Prodrive, Mobiveil and the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras. With the initial draft reference designs, the DCCN Task Group has developed a proof of concept for Server, Data Center and Supercomputing markets that showcases the strength of the entire RapidIO ecosystem.

Once completed the first reference design will be vendor and processor agnostic, and the output will be made available to other open standards in the computing industry (e.g. Open Compute Project and Scorpio) and will also be available for use by OEM’s of computing and data center infrastructure, research labs and government organizations. The RapidIO Trade Association will present the design details at the upcoming Open Server Summit in Santa Clara, CA during October 22-24, 2013. Attendees of the conference are encouraged to stop by the RapidIO Trade Association booth #211 for meeting location and time.

“The RapidIO Trade Association has worked collaboratively to create designs using existing RapidIO semiconductors, boards and firmware, to address the needs of server systems in 19 or 21 inch rack form factors. This should help OEMs develop super computing or analytics driven server applications that require low latency, low power and scalable peer to peer inter processor communication,” said Jag Bolaria Senior Analyst Linley group, “We look to the release of initial boards and software in 1H14 to see actual systems built with these designs.”

RTA members interested in contributing to the reference designs being developed should contact the DCCN Task Group chair, Marco Rietveld (dccn-chair@rapidio.org). The RTA also encourages semiconductor, software and systems companies to join the RTA to bring their inputs into the direction of this project. Companies interested in joining the RapidIO Trade Association can visit www.RapidIO.org.

About the RTA:
The RapidIO Trade Association, a non-profit corporation controlled by its members, directs the future development and drives the adoption of the RapidIO architecture. The RapidIO architecture promises lower-latency, increased bandwidth efficiency, lower cost and lower power. Interested companies are invited to join the RapidIO Trade Association to gain access to the standards development process. Detailed information on the RapidIO specification, products, design tools, member companies, and membership is available at www.RapidIO.org.

Media Contacts:
Sue Leininger
RapidIO Trade Association