USITS 2001 Abstract
CSP: A Novel System Architecture for Scalable Internet and Communication Services
Hemal V. Shah, Dave B. Minturn, Annie Foong, Gary L. McAlpine, Rajesh S. Madukkarumukumana, and Greg J. Regnier, Intel Corporation
The boundary between the network edge and the front-end servers
of the data center is blurring.
Appliance vendors are flooding the market with new capabilities, while
switch/router vendors scramble to add these services to their traditional
transport services. The result of this
competition is a set of ad-hoc technologies and capabilities to provide
services at the network edge. This
paper describes the Comm Services
Platform (CSP); a system architecture for this new ‘communication services
tier’ of the data center. CSP
enumerates a set of architectural components to provide scalable communication
services built from standard building blocks that utilize emerging server, I/O
and network technologies. The building
blocks of CSP include a System Area Network, the Virtual Interface
Architecture, programmable network processors, and standard high-density
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