Posted By Rich Miller On January 26, 2010 @ 7:55 am In Networking | No Comments
The inventors have realized that an interconnect fabric can be inserted between processors and main memory, and peripheral devices. An interconnect interface device connects each processor and its main memory to the interconnect fabric, while a device manager connects a remote peripheral bus to the interconnect fabric. The remote peripheral bus can connect to Ethernet cards, hard disks, BIOS, and consoles. The processors may share the peripheral devices on the remote peripheral bus. The remote peripheral are transparently virtualized by the hardware of the interconnect device and device manager, and can be remotely shared using the interconnect fabric. Since hardware devices connect through the interconnect fabric, virtualization is transparent to software and the operating systems.SeaMicro expands on the uses of its technology in a subsequent patent application from August 2009 :
The inventors have realized that the direct interconnect fabric disclosed in the parent application can be useful for more than just virtualization of peripherals. The direct interconnect fabric can also be used to perform switching functions in a data center. Performing these switching functions in the direct interconnect fabric can flatten the hierarchy in a data center, reducing the number of LAN switches required. Specialized aggregated chassis of several different types can be replaced by a dis-aggregated chassis that includes both compute nodes and storage nodes along with the switching functions performed by the direct interconnect fabric.SeaMicro was started in July 2007 and got funded in December 2007. The Santa Clara, Calif. company is backed by well-known names in the Silicon Valley venture capital community, including Khosla Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Crosslink Capital.
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 SeaMicro: http://www.seamicro.com
 buzz: http://gigaom.com/2010/01/06/seamicros-secret-server-changes-computing-economics/
 patent application filed in Dec. 2008: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=2&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=seamicro&OS=seamicro&RS=seamicro
 patent application from August 2009: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=seamicro&OS=seamicro&RS=seamicro
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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