OpenSPL Consortium Unveils New Programming Standard for Spatial Computing

December 10, 2013

LONDON, U.K., Dec. 10 — The Open Spatial Programming Language (OpenSPL) consortium today announced a new programming standard known as OpenSPL to enable the next generation of high performance parallel spatial computers.

In a spatial computer, programs execute in space rather than in time sequence. Application dataflow is laid out in space on a chip and every operation executes in parallel. This revolutionary view of computing offers dramatic increases in performance, performance/Watt and performance/cubic foot compared to conventional instruction-processor machines. By providing deterministic throughput and latency at low power, spatial computing enables the next generation of line-rate data processing applications in environments ranging from high performance computing and data center networks to the Internet of Things.

The OpenSPL consortium represents both end users and technology providers, bringing together Chevron, CME Group, Juniper Networks and Maxeler Technologies as well as leading universities Imperial College London, Stanford University, University of Tokyo and Tsinghua University.

For more information about spatial computing and the OpenSPL specification visit www.openspl.org

“Spatial programming is a different way of looking at computer programs with major benefits for wide ranges of applications,” said Dr. Tamas Nemeth, Chairman of the OpenSPL steering board, “OpenSPL provides a simple programming language that is easy to use for both expert software engineers and application domain experts, bringing spatial computing within reach of mainstream users.”

“Chevron has long pioneered the use of dataflow chips for high performance computing,” said Peter Breunig, General Manager, Technology Management & Architecture at Chevron Information Technology Company. “We have long advocated high-level open language specifications to promote the development of this technology area, and we expect the work of OpenSPL will lead to a wider adoption of this technology.”

“CME Group is honored to be a founding member of the OpenSPL consortium,” said Kevin Kometer, Chief Information Officer of CME Group. “CME Group has long been a leader in open efforts including our leadership in FIX Protocol Limited and Linux Foundation and is excited to leverage spatial computing technology for our critical high performance computing needs.”

“Juniper Networks has a long history of open standards based innovation,” said Jonathan Davidson, SVP & GM, Campus and Data Center Business Unit, Juniper Networks. “We are excited to be founding members of the consortium to help drive performance-focused flexibility in the network data plane. This in conjunction with our SDN efforts will enable customers to have a whole new level of control in their networks.”

“Maxeler has long been a pioneer in spatial computing,” said Oskar Mencer, CEO of Maxeler Technologies. “We are happy to be able to bring our expertise in programming languages, tools and hardware technology to the OpenSPL efforts.”

About Chevron

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About CME Group

As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) is where the world comes to manage risk.  CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate.  CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago.  CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the world’s leading central counterparty clearing providers, which offers clearing and settlement services across asset classes for exchange-traded contracts and over-the-counter derivatives transactions. These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks delivers innovation across routing, switching and security. From the network core down to consumer devices, Juniper Networks’ innovations in software, silicon and systems transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.

About Maxeler Technologies

Maxeler Technologies, pioneers Maximum Performance Computing. It combines high performance application platforms with custom dataflow computing technology to deliver competitive advantage. Maxeler’s technology has been reported by our clients to speed up processing times by 20-50x, with over 90% reduction in energy usage and over 95% reduction in data center space. Additional information can be found at www.maxeler.com

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Source: OpenSPL Consortium

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