Data centers have been hobbled by using optical interconnections designed and optimized for telecom applications, but what’s next for interconnect technology designed for scale out computing?
Servers and switches are getting better, faster and cheaper, but the cables and ports linking them aren’t keeping up. Can we ever find an interconnect that’s better than 1 GigE?
The University of Florida has implemented the next-gen computing architecture of Internet2, the consortium of universities and research institutions. The Innovation Platform should bring superfast connections and software-defined networking (SDN) to campuses across the country.
Solarflare, the former maker of 10 gigabit Ethernet silicon, has transitioned from making chips to making network adapter cards to speed up the networking capabilities of servers. Now it wants to take that further by doing real-time processing as data comes in from the network.
Apple got an early start on outfitting its Mac computers with Intel’s Thunderbolt technology. Now, almost a year later, a rush of accessories at CES indicate this might be the year average users start to get some real benefit from having Thunderbolt on board.