Future I/O Alliance debuts release of new Input/Output Server specifications

Future I/O Alliance debuts release of new Input/Output Server specifications
Tom Foremski
A coalition of top computer companies called the Future I/O Alliance has released the specifications of a new server architecture that competes with a rival specification being developed by Intel and its partners.
The Future I/O specification was developed by IBM, Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Adaptec, 3Com with additional input from the industry. Cisco Systems recently joined and the alliance is courting other major companies. Future I/O competes with a different approach from Intel called Next Generation Input/Output (NGIO). NGIO supporters include Dell Computer and Sun Microsystems.
Future I/O focuses on improving dataflow and reliability between large mission critical servers and their communications, networking, storage and processing subsystems. The backers of the Future I/O specification also say that the architecture will improve the performance of servers connected over Internet by using the IP protocol.


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