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After burying the hatchet, smoking the pipe of peace, and smoothing down their ruffled kimonos, industry leaders have unveiled not a future IO specification but a new name. Intel, Dell, NEC, HP, Compaq, IBM, Sun have decided to call the group Infiniband, after a row earlier this year split them wide apart. The chip giant had led a group called NGIO, while IBM was pushing for a different specification called Future IO. Or was it the other way round? But although the warring parties now have a spanking new name, producing a preliminary specification which will drive future server platforms is a much harder task. Infiniband hopes that it will be able to produce the spec by the end of the year. But this may be ambitious. The two warring groups were already fairly far advanced with each of their plans. If the group does manage to produce the specification according to its time line, it is still unlikely to actually materialise for another two years. ®

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