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Microsoft test drives switchless optical cluster interconnect

Lightfleet Corporation announced today that they’ve placed an alpha version of their optical interconnect technology at Microsoft Research.

Lightfleet’s Direct Broadcast Optical Interconnect (DBOI) system uses broadcast light to reinvent the way computing nodes are connected in next generation data centers. Lightfleet’s DBOI technology creates a switchless optical fabric that enables all nodes to communicate with all other nodes simultaneously, breaking the performance barriers of today’s typical interconnect architectures. Engineered to meet the growing demands for green computing in an energy-efficient, high density form factor, Lightfleet’s capabilities offer unique parallel computing opportunities that allow for building efficient, high-performance cloud infrastructures that deliver more scalability, power savings and cost savings than ever before.

The unit was delivered to Microsoft Research’s eXtreme Computing Group, the team that Dan Reed heads up. A little more in the announcement, and I have an email in to the company to find out details.

Comments

  1. When will we see an actual benchmark of this system that supports the claims of increased HPC performance?

  2. It seems to me that everyone will have the sames chip, memory, etc. The only thing that can differentiate one system from another is the interconnect. Since nithing is faster than light, I think Microsoft is on to something big here. They have eliminated the switch and the cables. Look out. This is gonna be big!

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