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NextIO and Denali Team to Enable First I/O Virtualization Designs for PCI Express

Quoting from the press release

Denali Software and NextIO today announced the availability of verification intellectual property (IP) products that support NextIO's virtual I/O design IP and Shared PCI Express Switch. Virtual I/O technology is the hardware complement to software server virtualization products, like VMware, enabling more virtual servers to share a single physical I/O controller. Shared I/O technology allows multiple blade servers to share a single physical I/O controller, which lowers the cost and increases the flexibility of blade servers.

This collaboration brings together two leaders in PCI Express (PCIe) technology with experience in providing design and verification solutions to enable the successful deployment of PCIe technology. Denali provides the de facto standard verification IP products used by hardware developers to ensure compliance and interoperability of PCIe designs. NextIO is a recognized leader in I/O virtualization technology. Both Denali and NextIO are active and contributing members of the PCI-SIG, the industry organization chartered to develop and manage the PCI Express standard.

"The PCI-SIG's I/O Virtualization Working Group is progressing nicely, and the ecosystem for virtual I/O is beginning to gel," said Rich Warwick, vice president of Engineering and Operations at NextIO. "As a clear leader in PCIe compliance verification, Denali plays an important role in the Shared I/O ecosystem. NextIO partnered with Denali to extend the PureSpec(TM) product to support Shared I/O, and enable high-quality verification of Shared I/O designs. The availability of robust verification solutions like PureSpec is critical in deploying enhanced PCIe technologies. Denali's verification IP was tremendously helpful in ensuring compatibility between NextIO's Shared PCIe and our I/O partners' Shared PCIe implementations, and the success of this effort was recently on display at Microsoft's WinHEC conference in May."

"I/O virtualization is key to enabling PCI Express-based hardware in the blade server market," added David Lin, Denali's vice president of Product Marketing. "NextIO is a leader in this technology, and they have demonstrated the potential of PCIe combined with their switch modules to reduce the cost and complexity in these server applications. We worked closely with NextIO to extend our PureSpec products to support Shared PCI Express technology. Our role is to enable efficient deployment of this technology in the industry; Shared PCI Express is the first step, and we will continue to support the ongoing I/O virtualization developments from the PCI-SIG."

Published Thursday, June 08, 2006 9:18 PM by David Marshall
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