Intel 100G silicon photonics module internal Revealed
Intel Corporation in the “Open Computing Summit” announced that thte company has developed a 100Gbit/s silicon photonics module is expected to redefine the design of large-scale data center servers.
In addition, the Facebook led “Open Compute Summit” show the first main board designed specifically for the development of the new common-slot architecture for with ARM or x86 servers SoC. Applied Micro and Intel to demonstrate x8 PCI Express interface slot.
Applied Micro said it will support 100G Ethernet and FinFET development of its next-generation X-Gene system. Dell show a with the development of the X-Gene x86 server systems.
The Calxeda show ARM Soc development of storage server Main Board, can be used to control the hard disk array. Intel also demonstrated a similar board with its Atom-based Centerton SoC.
In addition, Mellanox show a new system, which combined with the 24 network interface controllers and a switch in a single box, to speed up to 56Gbps Ethernet or Infiniband.
The following Atlas show industry OCS Summit discussions with 100G silicon photonics module manufacturers Intel data center.
Two years ago, Intel work for the development of integrated silicon photonics module is still very low-key, and later decided to make the R & D team to become independent self-financing institutions, a joint venture of Intel internal.
Today, the company announced the launch of the 100G silicon photonics module engineering samples, and a Corning Inc. to jointly develop the connector. Currently, the exact cost or power consumption, and other details about the device is still unkown, but Intel said it will be officially released in a few months.
At the same time, Intel is developing for the CPU board, memory board and interconnection network card specifications. The company will also provide the module application development design rules.
The chip manufacturer Intel, production testing, and its plant is located in Santa Clara, California. Said Justin Rattner, Intel’s director of technology, the device power consumption is less than 40G best half of the power consumption of the device.
“We believe that this optical PHY in the next few years there will be a market size of over one billion U.S. dollars. Widely used in large-scale data centers, will bring a huge market,” Rattner said.
This symbolizes the first time Intel has established its research team set up to support the company’s business model of internal corporate. Intel second financing review the business units than two years ago, the situation has improved, including adding more customers, reduce product costs and better availability, Rattner added.
The silicon photonics module supports standard 100G Ethernet up to a distance of 100 meters. While some clients need more versions of a few kilometers, but so far, Intel targeted market is the demand of the connection between coping within the data center rack.
Intel CPU integration development blueprint, but we focus on the application in the rack, “said Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel’s data center.
With this technology, will have the opportunity to simplify the protocol, “Rattner said,” IP routing design robust enough in response to the failure occurs, but the data center does not need this kind of design, “he added.
Bechtolsheim optimistic about Intel’s silicon photonics module
The switch manufacturer Arista Networks is one of the company test the Samples. The company founder Andy Bechtolsheim Justin Ratter, Intel’s director of technology in the OCS general meeting to discuss the potential for the development of the product.
When interviewed by reporters, Bechtolshei said this module more cost-effective compared to the range of products in the industry, including 100G Ethernet aggregation switches like Facebook and other large data center.
A “100G Ethernet port average price of approximately one hundred thousand U.S. dollars– This is really crazy– Moreover, even if this standard is completed in a few years ago, a year can only sell a few hundred ports,” Bechtolsheim said.
The Intel module is expected to change the cost equation. In addition, he stressed that “for the server rack internal and external applications, it is also very important; with higher bandwidth and lower latency, you do not have to worry about the problems of data configuration, and its possible impact on the software level.” he said that Ethernet will be able to easily run on the new module.
PCI Express, Intel’s optical module can also be used to achieve 100G rate without rack set each server board Ethernet. In this application, however, will require new chips and software, Bechtolsheim stressed.
“The industry has been a lack of speed,” he said, “Intel optical module we see for the first time to achieve this kind of speed, power and cost of technology allows PCI Express — It is equally important and PCI Express, “he added.