SOA Product Review: Intel XML Software Suite 1.1
Superior performance for XML processing in Java and C/C++
By: Paul O'Connor
Oct. 28, 2008 01:00 PM
The one thing that unifies the distributed computing style known as SOA, in most of its manifestations, is self-describing data via the Extensible Markup Language (XML). The benefits of XML over opaque message formats in data interchange are well established. No matter if your focus is SOAP, REST, POX, or syndication with RSS or ATOM, your applications will revolve around XML processing. The bane of XML has always been the overhead of processing it in terms of memory and CPU consumption - parsing documents, performing XML Schema validation, searching for elements with XPath, and especially executing transforms. This problem has been met head-on by Intel's Software and Services Group, with the release of the Intel® XML Software Suite. The fact that Intel has a software development group dedicated to creating software tools optimized for Intel hardware platforms is not surprising or new information to folks doing software development for multi-core systems. What is surprising is the level of optimization that has been achieved in this XML toolkit.
The Intel XML Software Suite is comprised of four separate XML processing functions bundled as a single product:
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