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eNsemble alliance to boost multicore adoption

Posted: 30 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multicore? software? hardware? data center?

Hardware and software providers have joined hands to form the eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance to drive innovations in multicore parallel processing platforms and software development for next-generation enterprise, telecom and data center 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 parallelize 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 multicore 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 multicore 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 multicore, multi-threaded processors to allow greater access and tighter coupling between networking software and the XLR, XLS and XLP multicore 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 optimized for multicore, multi-threaded processors.

Leading multicore 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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