Dave Coleman is a Staff Platform Application Engineer at Intel with 22 years of electrical design, modeling and simulation experience. He specializes in enabling and integration of customer Intel QuickPath Interconnect designs in Intel® Server platforms. Dave is the co-author of the book PCI Express Electrical Interconect Design published by Intel Press and has contributed articles to Printed Circuit Design magazine. Dave has previously developed platform design guidelines for PCI Express* and InfiniBand* technology platform applications, and served on the PCI Express Gen1 and Gen2 Cabling workgroups.
Welcome to the era of the Intel® QuickPath Interconnect!
Mastering High Performance Multiprocessor Signaling explains the electrical design, board layout, test & measurement, and validation elements involved in implementing the Intel QuickPath Interconnect, the foundation of future generations of Intel® microprocessor systems, using a high speed, packetized, point-to-point system interconnect that uses multiple narrow high speed differential links to stitch together processors into a fabric of a distributed shared memory-style platform architecture.
Creating circuits for the very high speeds demanded by today’s computers require skill sets that are not commonly provided by conventional electrical engineering education. Differential signaling is now the fundamental technology enabling high speed, microwave frequency data rates. Signaling speeds of Intel QuickPath Interconnect are now so high, transmission channel artifacts such as frequency dependent attenuation, ringing and crosstalk will have an influence across several bits of transmitted data.
Mastering High Performance Multiprocessor Signaling is written by Intel experts who explain the new concepts and vocabulary of this new domain and relate their insights and experience, thoroughly explaining each step from design through validation, so that electrical circuit developers can directly apply the information contained here to produce high quality products that meet the demanding time-to-market requirements of the computer industry today.