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The Hardware Platform Interface (HPI) is one of two sets of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that the Service Availability Forum (SAF) set out to define in 2001, as the move for communications systems to open modular platforms began in earnest (another sign of that move was the launch that same year of the AdvancedTCA (ATCA) initiative within the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG)). A key goal for HPI (and its complementary layer, SAF's Application Interface Specification (AIS)), is to enable the development of "carrier-grade" software application suites that are hardware independent but still capable of delivering the high service availability of previous top-to-bottom proprietary and purpose-built communications systems.
Over the past decade, the platform management layer of xTCA systems has proven itself a challenging necessity. Mark Overgaard of Pigeon Point Systems reviews various aspects and implementations of COTS managers, and offers a forecast for the ecosystem's hardware platform management layer.
This article offers how off-the-shelf building blocks enable AdvancedTCA and CompactTCA product developers to focus on their unique added values, without the task of developing and validating management subsystems from scratch.