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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 servers.
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