Intel and Facebook to Collaborate on Future Data Center Rack Technologies

Related: Intel, Facebook

Intel and Facebook to Collaborate on Future Data Center Rack Technologies

Intel Corporation announced a collaboration with Facebook* to define the next generation of rack technologies used to power the world's largest data centers. As part of the collaboration, the companies also unveiled a mechanical prototype built by Quanta Computer* that includes Intel's new, innovative photonic rack architecture to show the total cost, design and reliability improvement potential of a disaggregated rack environment.

"Intel and Facebook are collaborating on a new disaggregated, rack-scale server architecture that enables independent upgrading of compute, network and storage subsystems that will define the future of mega-datacenter designs for the next decade," said Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer during his keynote address at Open Computer Summit in Santa Clara, Calif. "The disaggregated rack architecture includes Intel's new photonic architecture, based on high-bandwidth, 100Gbps Intel Silicon Photonics Technology, that enables fewer cables, increased bandwidth, farther reach and extreme power efficiency compared to today's copper based interconnects."

Rattner explained that the new architecture is based on more than a decade's worth of research to invent a family of silicon-based photonic devices, including lasers, modulators and detectors using low-cost silicon to fully integrate photonic devices of unprecedented speed and energy efficiency. Silicon photonics is a new approach to using light (photons) to move huge amounts of data at very high speeds with extremely low power over a thin optical fiber rather than using electrical signals over a copper cable. Intel has spent the past two years proving its silicon photonics technology was production-worthy, and has now produced engineering samples.

Silicon photonics made with inexpensive silicon rather than expensive and exotic optical materials provides a distinct cost advantage over older optical technologies in addition to providing greater speed, reliability and scalability benefits. Businesses with server farms or massive data centers could eliminate performance bottlenecks and ensure long-term upgradability while saving significant operational costs in space and energy.

Silicon Photonics and Disaggregation Efficiencies

Businesses with large data centers can significantly reduce capital expenditure by disaggregating or separating compute and storage resources in a server rack. Rack disaggregation refers to the separation of those resources that currently exist in a rack, including compute, storage, networking and power distribution into discrete modules. Traditionally, a server within a rack would each have its own group of resources. When disaggregated, resource types can be grouped together and distributed throughout the rack, improving upgradability, flexibility and reliability while lowering costs.




More On: Intel,

Comment & Share

Related Links
Ekahau's Real-Time Asset Tracking Solution Improves Caregiver Productivity at Altru Health SystemEkahau's Real-Time Asset Tracking Solution Improves Caregiver Productivity at Altru Health System
April 24, 2014
Dimension Data To Quadruple Its Data Center Business By 2018Dimension Data To Quadruple Its Data Center Business By 2018
April 24, 2014
Aviat WTM 3300: Smallest and Lightest 70-80GHz Radio for Small Cell and Macrocell BackhaulAviat WTM 3300: Smallest and Lightest 70-80GHz Radio for Small Cell and Macrocell Backhaul
April 24, 2014
NACR to Attend Interactive Intelligence 2014 ConferenceNACR to Attend Interactive Intelligence 2014 Conference
April 24, 2014
B&O PLAY and Opening Ceremony have partnered up to present 'The Sound of Fashion' - a vibrant, vivid and playful approach to music, design and fashion.B&O PLAY and Opening Ceremony have partnered up to present 'The Sound of Fashion' - a vibrant, vivid and playful approach to music, design and fashion.
April 24, 2014


About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts

Subscribe for News & Specials