At the "Avoton" Atom C2000 chip launch on Wednesday in San Francisco, Intel showed off several of the components of its Rack Scale Architecture working in concert and also announced a partnership with Microsoft to push the idea on its Windows platforms for data centers and on the Windows Azure public cloud. Intel has already …
HP CTO on a similar topic
Specifically using optics all the way down to the server level
long speech, though all good here is a link to that particular segment:
(if youtube doesn't jump straight to the segment just skip to 18 min 45s into it)
"Copper is the energy sucking devil"
"Our math tells us we will use 16,000 times less energy per bit to process by moving from pure copper based systems to photonic based systems"
A current example he used was a 6Tbps fiber cable, vs a handful of copper cables that can do 300Gbps.
cool stuff, at least to me.
Re: HP CTO on a similar topic
dunno about HP. Poor hit rate these last few years. However, Intel has done well. I vaguely recall them saying they were working on cheap optical NICs years ago. Doing high speed optical comms on servers is a good first step in perfecting the technology so prices drop and performance rises. For those inhabiting Oz cities, it means FTTP is the way to go as consumer end devices can use all the traffic that can be sent to them by then. Lets hope it's not consisting of some big brother type show in 3D. Real life is already like that thanks to the spooks and the gullible pollies.
I get it now
IBM is getting out of the low end server business because Intel wants it all. First, hardware for the masses, then, software. Is anyone's business really safe from Intel?
Re: I get it now
Easy! Does the business use Intel Inside? No? Then its not safe.
Re: I get it now
so thats why Intel license AMD silicon designs ;-) Safe, nothings safe.
It's been done before
Intel shows off 'disaggregated' rack of servers, storage, and networking
This has long been implemented in the data centre of the company I work for.
We call it "not having a f***ing clue where anything is".