To combat Nvidia's NVLink monopoly, AMD, Google, Microsoft and others have introduced an open industry standard, UALink

by alex

It will be available to customers this year

Market giants have joined forces to release a universal standard to combat Nvidia NVLink. And now this standard called Ultra Accelerator Link (UALink) has been introduced. 

It was created by many companies, including AMD, Broadcom, Cisco, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel and Microsoft. UALink is an open industry standard for delivering high-performance, low-latency communications connectivity for next-generation AI accelerators in data centers. 

As stated in the press release, UALink will enable system OEMs, IT professionals and system integrators to create a path for easier integration, greater flexibility and scalability for their AI-connected data centers.& nbsp;

The UALink 1.0 specification will allow up to 1024 accelerators in an AI compute module and direct load and store between memory connected to accelerators, such as GPUs, in the module. The UALink promoter group has formed the UALink consortium and expects it to be listed in the third quarter of 2024. The UALink 1.0 specification is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2024.

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