Managing Component Interfaces


The SSI Forum's mission is to enable future server market growth by standardizing interfaces between components, including boards, chassis, and power supplies, and by simplifying the development common server hardware elements.


Established in 1998, the Server System Infrastructure (SSI) Forum is a leading server industry group that drives server infrastructure standards to enable new market opportunities. For ten years the SSI Forum created standards for redundant server power systems, rack-mount server chassis, power control and management, and other components and services that simplify the build of server solutions. In 2010, SSI extended its standardization specifications to add blade-based server standards to address customer and ecosystem challenges.

SSI membership enables companies to participate in this opportunity.

Learn more about the SSI Forum
SSI Overview Presentation
SSI Blade Specification Overview Presentation

Executive Board

Jim Pappas, Director of Technology Initiatives, Intel Corporation

Jim Pappas is the Director of Technology Initiatives in Intel’s Data Center Group. In this role, Jim is responsible to establish broad industry ecosystems that comply with new technologies in the areas of Enterprise I/O, Energy Efficient Computing, and Solid State Storage. Jim has founded, or served on several organizations in these areas including: PCI Special Interest Group, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA), Open Fabrics Alliance (OFA), The Green Grid, Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) and several emerging initiatives in his newest focus area of Solid State Storage.

Mr. Pappas has previously been the Director of Technology Initiatives in Intel’s Desktop Products Group, and successfully led technologies such as AGP Graphics, DVD, IEEE 1394, Instantly Available PC, PCI, USB, and other advanced technologies for the Desktop PC.

Mr. Pappas has over 33 years of experience in the computer industry. He has been granted eight U.S. patents in the areas of computer graphics and microprocessor technologies. He has spoken at dozens of major industry events and holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Tau Leng, Ph.D. – Executive Director
Tau Leng is the General Manager of HPC and Marketing, supervising Corporate Marketing and System Validation Groups at Supermicro. Besides managing a dynamic Marketing team responsible for Corporate Marketing strategies and worldwide sales program initiatives, Tau also leads diverse teams responsible for Systems Integration, Testing, and Quality Control. Tau’s area of technical expertise resides in High Performance Computing Clustering technology and datacenter architecture. Tau holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the Fu Jen Catholic University, an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Utah State University, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Houston.