Intel is touting an optical cable capable of carrying 1.6Tbps through data centers: it'll give network builders blistering fast transfer speeds in the short term, and allow the chip giant to re-think how servers are built in the long-term. New details on the MXC cables were announced on Monday. They are made with the help of …
Unfortunately, its going to take a lot for this to catch on...
What it potentially does is reduce the network as the bottleneck within the data center.
It should drive changes in the Open Compute project, and force a major re-think on computer design.
Those low powered chips aren't going to cut it in the near future.
I wonder how expensive it will be to terminate each 64 fiber cable?
Is this obvious but...
...if each endpoint needs 32 lasers and photodiodes, then why not just do DWDM over a single pair of fibres?
Could it be because the consortium sells 32 times as much fibre plus some expensive proprietary connectors?
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