ExpEther technology virtualizes PCI Express over Ethernet. Using ExpEther, one can compose and scale up a computing system by plugging arbitary I/O devices distributed on Ethenet LAN. This means ExpEther enhances the PCI Express by extending connection distance, device numbers beyond the limitation of PCI port count, electrical power and heat dissipation that a conventional box-type computer can suport. In addition, PCI-standard hot-plug mechanizm operates over LAN, which scale up the computing platform's function and performance dynamicly.
ExpEther consortium established aiming at exchanging information on this technology and usecase to prevail IT and network system market. The members are from various category, system integrator, equipment vender, LSI/FPGA vender and universities. Because this consortium is non-profitial organization, we don't treat any IPR and business procedures.
ExpEther is a PCI Express complient technology; Distributed PCI Express Switch over Ethernet Presentation material is open to PCI-SIG member companies.