SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Intel Corp. surprised attendees at the Open Compute Summit with news it has engineering samples of 100 Gbit/second silicon photonics modules that could reshape server design. The news was one of many innovations on display here for large data centers.
Among other news, the Facebook-led Open Compute Project (OCP) showed the first boards designed for a new Common Slot architecture, geared to accommodate ARM or X86 server SoCs. Applied and Intel showed boards that fit into the x8 PCI Express slots.
Applied Micro said it will support 100G Ethernet and use FinFETs for its next-generation X-Gene. Dell showed an X-Gene development system running in tandem with an X86 server on a commonly managed network.
Calxeda showed a storage server board to control a hard disk array with its ARM SoC. Intel showed a similar board using its Atom-based Centerton SoC.
In addition, Mellanox showed a new system that combines 24 network interfaces controllers and a top-of-rack switch in a single box that can run Ethernet or Infiniband at speeds up to 56 Gbits/s.
Click through the rest of this slideshow to see the reaction from vendors at the Summit to Intel’s 100G silicon photonics for data centers.