CXL Consortium member Liqid recently shared their thoughts on the importance of CXL technology for the future of high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics verticals as well as its contribution to the Consortium and CXL standard development.
Can you share a brief introduction of Liqid?
Based in Westminster, CO, Liqid is a leading provider of composable disaggregated infrastructure (CDI) solutions. Our flagship product, Liqid Matrix, enables organizations to dynamically compose PCI Express® (PCIe®) resources, such as GPUs, FPGAs, and NVMe® devices, into servers via software. With Liqid Matrix, users can create and scale custom infrastructure configurations on-demand, optimizing resource allocation and maximizing operational efficiency.
What prompted Liqid to join the CXL Consortium?
Liqid recognizes the importance of industry collaboration and standardization in driving innovation and advancing the adoption of new technologies. Joining the CXL Consortium aligns with our mission to provide cutting-edge solutions that enable our customers to harness the full potential of emerging technologies. By participating in the Consortium, we can contribute to the development and deployment of the CXL standard, ensuring compatibility and interoperability for our upcoming composable infrastructure solutions.
What expertise does Liqid bring to the Consortium?
Liqid brings extensive expertise in composable infrastructure and software-defined technologies to the Consortium. As a leader in this space, we have a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with dynamic resource allocation and composability. Our experience in developing and deploying composable infrastructure solutions positions us well to contribute valuable insights, use cases, and implementation guidance to help shape the future of CXL technology. We collaborated with IntelliProp and Tanzanite (acquired by Marvell in 2022) to deliver composable CXL proof of concepts and are continuing to work with other CXL Consortium members today.
What is the biggest advantage of CXL Consortium membership? How does Liqid participate?
The biggest advantage of becoming a CXL Consortium member is the opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders and contribute to the development of a standardized and interoperable interface for high-speed communication between CPUs and other devices. As a member, Liqid participates in working groups, technical discussions, and standardization efforts. We also engage with other Consortium members to share our expertise, contribute to the development of CXL specifications, and help drive the adoption of CXL technology across the industry.
What use cases do you feel will be ideal targets for CXL technology? Which market segments do you believe will benefit most from CXL?
CXL technology has the potential to significantly benefit a wide range of use cases and market segments. Some ideal targets for CXL technology include high-performance computing (HPC), Artificial Intelligence (AI), data analytics, and storage-intensive workloads. These segments require efficient and high-bandwidth communication between CPUs and accelerators, memory, and storage devices.
What does Liqid see as CXL’s impact within your industry?
CXL is a game-changer for the industry, enabling new levels of performance, scalability, and composability. CXL’s ability to provide a high-speed and coherent interface between CPUs and accelerators, memory, and storage devices will unlock unprecedented levels of performance and efficiency in composable infrastructure solutions. This will empower organizations to build highly flexible and optimized infrastructure configurations, dynamically composing resources based on workload requirements. As a result, we anticipate accelerated innovation, improved time-to-market for new applications, and increased overall efficiency for our customers, leading to significant advancements in the industry as a whole.