Category Archives: Intel

Quanta intros Intel RSA Open Compute proof of concept

Servers-300x199Intel RSA is the chip vendor’s own modular architecture design that disaggregates compute, storage and networking and weaves them together in a fabric it claims makes resources easier to pool and pod. Now Quanta has developed a proof of concept for a server that blends Intel’s RSA specs and Open Compute designs. The hardware vendor, which already offers hardware based on Open Compute designs, claims will significantly reduce datacentre energy consumption and costs, reduce vendor lock-in and ease management and maintenance.

http://www.businesscloudnews.com/2015/08/18/quanta-intros-intel-rsa-open-compute-proof-of-concept/

Open Compute – Going Beyond the Hype

Founded in 2011, the Open Compute Project has been gaining attention from more and more organizations. The promise of lower cost and open standards for IT servers and other hardware seems like a worth­while endeavor; one that should benefit all users of IT hardware, as well as improving the energy efficiency of the entire data center ecosystem. The open source concept has proven itself successful for software, as witnessed by the widespread adop­tion and acceptance of Linux, despite early rejection from enterprise organizations.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/06/23/open-compute-going-beyond-hype/

Open Compute Technology Could Change Everything : Top Stocks to Buy

Open Compute, or OCP for short, is an organization that was founded by Facebook in 2011. According to the organization’s website, Open Compute’s goal is to “build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost.” Open Compute attempts to achieve this goal chiefly by: 1) eliminating “gratuitous differentiation” by hardware vendors and 2) making designs for hardware and data centers “open source” to foster innovation.

http://247wallst.com/technology-3/2014/02/12/open-compute-technology-could-change-everything-top-stocks-to-buy/

Open Compute Project: The Future of Data Center Infrastructure or Just One Possibility?

The buzz surrounding Facebook’s Open Compute Project is increasing, with some predicting that it will reshape the entire enterprise-vendor relationship and throw a monkey wrench into longstanding sales and distribution channels. But while the accomplishments the initiative has achieved so far are impressive, they are not as earth-shattering as they appear—at least not yet.

http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/open-compute-project-the-future-of-data-center-infrastructure-or-just-one-possibility.html

Open Compute Reports Progress on Open Network Switch

facebook-najam-ahmad MENLO PARK, Calif. – The Open Compute network switch is moving closer to reality. Broadcom, Intel and Mellanox have each submitted specifications for a top-of-rack switch to the Open Compute Project, and were on hand at Facebook headquarters Monday to promote their contributions to the open-source hardware initiative.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/11/12/open-compute-reports-progress-open-network-switch/

Facebook Likes Broadcom, Intel, Mellanox Switches

Intel's switch proposal uses three types of its chips. Click here to enlarge. SAN JOSE, Calif. — Broadcom, Intel, and Mellanox have developed competing specifications for datacenter switches, responding to a call from the Facebook-led Open Compute Project. OCP called earlier this year for open specs for software-agnostic leaf and spine switches to complement its existing specs for streamlined servers. The specs aim to speed innovation in networking hardware, “help software-defined networking continue to evolve and flourish,” and give big datacenter operators more flexibility in how they create cloud computing systems, said Frank Frankovsky, a Facebook datacenter executive and chair of the OCP Foundation in a blog posted Monday.

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1320052

Open Compute Storage Servers built by Wiwynn with Intel Atom processor C2000 product family

Open_Compute_Storage_Servers_built_Wiwynn_Intel_Atom_processor_C2000 Intelligent Storage: Learn about modularized, high-availability and high density storage servers built by Wiwynn with 30 individually hot pluggable SAS/SATA HDDs built with Intel Atom processor C2000 product family

http://connectedsocialmedia.com/11095/open-compute-storage-servers-built-by-wiwynn-with-intel-atom-processor-c2000-product-family/

Moving data with silicon and light

Building BlocksIntel® Silicon Photonics Technology is a new approach to make optical devices out of silicon and use light (photons) to move huge amounts of data at very high speeds with extremely low power over a thin optical fiber rather than using electrical signals over a copper cable. After nearly a decade of research and innovation to prove its viability, Intel created a P&L (Silicon Photonics Solutions Group) in 2012 to move the project into production.

https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/research/intel-labs-silicon-photonics-research.html

Intel’s First ‘open-source PC’ on Sale for $199

IDG News Service (New York Bureau) — Intel has shipped its first “open source PC,” a bare-bones computer aimed at software developers building x86 applications and hobbyists looking to construct their own computer. The PC, called the MinnowBoard, is basically a motherboard with no casing around it. It was codeveloped by Intel and CircuitCo Electronics, a company that specializes in open-source motherboards, and went on sale this month for US$199 from a handful of retailers.

http://www.cio.com/article/737291/Intel_39_s_First_39_open_source_PC_39_on_Sale_for_199

Intel wants to reconstruct whole data centers with its chips and pipes

Intel wants dice and slice and automate switches as the industry has done with serversAnalysis If Intel really wanted to, it could build your entire data center infrastructure with just about all of the components necessary excepting disk drives, main memory, and operating systems for the servers, storage, and switches. And with a stretch, its Wind River Linux could probably cover that last bit. But that is not the Chipzilla plan for the glass house. Rather, Intel wants to sell an increasingly diverse set of components to those who assemble gear and thereby double up its revenues and profits from the data center.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/29/intel_data_center_rack_scale_analysis/?page=1

Silicon Photonics Research

Building BlocksIntel® Silicon Photonics Technology is a new approach to make optical devices out of silicon and use light (photons) to move huge amounts of data at very high speeds with extremely low power over a thin optical fiber rather than using electrical signals over a copper cable. After nearly a decade of research and innovation to prove its viability, Intel created a P&L (Silicon Photonics Solutions Group) in 2012 to move the project into production.

https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/research/intel-labs-silicon-photonics-research.html

Intel wants to kill the traditional server rack with 100Gbps links

 

Intel is working to replace the traditional server rack with a more efficient architecture that separates CPU, storage, power, and networking resources into individual components that can be swapped out as needed. Power and cooling would be shared across CPUs, rather than having separate power supplies for each server. Server, memory, network, and storage resources would all be disaggregated and shared across the rack. Incredibly fast interconnects will be needed to prevent slowdowns because disaggregating components pushes them further apart, and Intel is thus building an interconnect that’s capable of 100Gbps.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/04/intel-wants-to-kill-the-traditional-server-rack-with-100gbps-links/

Intel moves forward on new Avoton microserver chips and rack innovations

Intel Atom S1200Intel is just a few months away from production of new chips targeting the microserver market, and more powerful chips for other applications are on the way, Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s data center and connected systems group, is expected to say at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing on Tuesday.

http://gigaom.com/2013/04/09/intel-moves-forward-on-new-avoton-microserver-chips-and-rack-innovations/

Silicon photonics doesn’t scare Finisar

Amid the usual give-and-take during yesterday’s analyst call, Finisar Executive Chairman of the Board Jerry Rawls was asked for his views on the potential threat silicon photonics poses to his business. Finisar’s (NASDAQ:FNSR) shares tumbled when Jefferies & Co. analyst James Kisner used the occasion of Intel’s silicon photonics update at the Open Compute Summit in January to downgrade Finisar’s stock. When it comes to silicon photonics, it would appear Mr. Rawls is not impressed. At least not yet.

http://www.lightwaveonline.com/blogs/lightwave-blog/2013/03/Silicon-photonics-doesnt-scare-Finisar.html

Facebook, Intel, & Rackspace get more open-source than ever with new designs

Facebook, Intel, & Rackspace get more open-source than ever with new designsSANTA CLARA, Calif. — This morning, Facebook and a slew of big names in cloud computing and data center hardware unleashed a whole boatload of news — new hardware designs, new jobs, and new partnerships — all around the Open Compute Project. AMD and Intel both showed off some new hardware products. Rackspace announced it has customized its own server hardware around OCP designs — and contributed its customizations back to the project. And Fusion-io was talking about its new 3.2TB ioScale card, also an OCP product.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/01/16/facebook-intel-rackspace-get-more-open-source-than-ever-with-new-designs/