What’s in a Name? Memory Semantics and Data Movement with CXL™ and SDXI

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Shyam Iyer, Dell; Rita Gupta, AMD; David McIntyre, Samsung

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Using software to perform memory copies has been the gold standard for applications performing memory-to-memory data movement or system memory operations. With new accelerators and memory types enriching the system architecture, accelerator-assisted memory data movement and transformation need standardization. SNIA's Smart Data Accelerator Interface (SDXI) Technical Work Group (TWG) is at the forefront of standardizing this. The SDXI TWG is designing an industry-open standard for a memory-to-memory data movement and acceleration interface that is – Extensible, Forward-compatible, and Independent of I/O interconnect technology. A candidate for the v1.0 SNIA SDXI standard is now in review. Adjacently, Compute Express Link™ (CXL™) is an industry-supported Cache-Coherent Interconnect for Processors, Memory Expansion, and Accelerators. CXL is designed to be an industry-open standard interface for high-speed communications, as accelerators are increasingly used to complement CPUs in support of emerging applications such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. In this webcast, we will: • Introduce SDXI and CXL • Discuss data movement needs in a CXL ecosystem • Cover SDXI advantages in a CXL interconnect

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