[Beowulf] Intel’s 800Gbps cables headed to cloud data centers and supercomputers
prentice.bisbal at rutgers.edu
Tue Mar 11 12:54:08 PDT 2014
"Intel and several of its partners said they will make 800Gbps cables
available in the second half of this year, bringing big speed increases
to supercomputers and data centers."
This could be interesting. Unfortunately, the article doesn't say
anything about latency.
It does say
"US Conec established an MXC certification program to help other
companies sell the cables. Tyco Electronics and Molex are the first
besides Corning to announce that they will build and sell MXC cable
So it sounds like there will be competition for the cables, but what
about the NICs and switches? Will Intel have a monopoly on that, or will
this be a standardized technology that will allow other manufacturers to
make their own silicon/complete products?
Years ago (the late 90s?) I read an interesting magazine article about
Intel and why they started making their own NICs, graphics processors,
etc. According to the article, Intel was content to let 3Com and others
make networking gear, but when network speeds weren't increasing fast
enough, Intel got into the game because without increasing network
speeds, there wasn't much of a need for faster processors. We all know
that Intel has bought QLogic and is spending a lot money on high-speed
interconnects. Following the logic of that article, I guess Intel
realized you can't sell truckloads of processors if your don't have an
interconnect that makes it worthwhile.
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