Fujitsu and Intel have created a server with opto-photon interface OPCIe




Global server capacity increasing every day, and with this increase there is a need of the correct configuration and cooling of various components. Experts Fujitsu and Intel took together to solve this problem. They created a first server computer system, wherein the base board for connection to the “outside world” used optical interface OPCIe (Optical PCI Express).

Through the use of this approach can be removed at a considerable distance from the board of the central processors in the server storage and transmission of data, which in turn allows more simply and effectively solve the problem of cooling and layout of all the components of a computer system.

Experts from the Fujitsu took as a basis the two servers Primergy RX200 and modified some of their components, writes TechEye. The main modification of the hardware of the server is the installation of the communication module Intel Silicon Photonics with specially programmed chip re-programmable gate array (Field-Programmable Gate Array), the development of which was carried out by experts from Intel. A bunch of these two chips supplemented respective optical cables and connection nodes, possible to realize optical transmission via the data channel in accordance with the standard protocol PCI Express.

In the first server receives the realization of optical protocol PCI Express, through high-speed optical links to the motherboard CPU servers were connected to several solid-state hard drives and expansion cards with coprocessors Xeon Phi.

All this has enabled engineers to create a new cooling system that cools more efficiently CPUs Xeon E5 servers, allowing them to squeeze out the maximum possible processing power. In addition, the photon transmission of data does not create electromagnetic noise, which is the interference in its pure form, interferes with the normal operation of other server components, and the thin and flexible optical cable is much easier to run inside a server rack, rather than multi-core shielded cable extender bus PCI Express.
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