Skip to comments.Intel Demonstrates Rack Scale Architecture Servers with Optical Interconnections.
Posted on 09/05/2013 8:46:01 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Intel Corp. on Wednesday for the first time demonstrated a Rack Scale Architecture-based system with high-speed Intel Silicon Photonics components including a new MXC connector and ClearCurve optical fiber developed in collaboration with Corning, enabling data transfers speeds up to 1.6Tb/s at distances up to 300 meters for greater rack density.
Maximum datacenter efficiency requires innovation at the silicon, system and rack level. Intel's RSA design helps industry partners to re-architect datacenters for modularity of components (storage, CPU, memory, network) at the rack level. It provides the ability to provision or logically compose resources based on application specific workload requirements. Intel RSA also will allow for the easier replacement and configuration of components when deploying cloud computing, storage and networking resources.
Intel demonstrated the first operational RSA-based rack equipped with the newly announced Intel Atom C2000 processors, Intel Xeon processors, a top-of-rack Intel SDN-enabled switch and Intel Silicon Photonics technology. As part of the demonstration, Intel also disclosed the new MXC connector and ClearCurve fiber technology developed by Corning with requirements from Intel. The fiber connections are specifically designed to work with Intel Silicon Photonics components.
The collaboration underscores the tremendous need for high-speed bandwidth within datacenters. By sending photons over a thin optical fiber instead of electrical signals over a copper cable, the new technologies are capable of transferring massive amounts of data at unprecedented speeds over greater distances. The transfers can be as fast as 1.6Tb/s per second at lengths up to 300 meters throughout the datacenter.
To highlight the growing range of Intel RSA implementations, Microsoft and Intel announced a collaboration to innovate on Microsoft's next-generation RSA rack design. The goal is to bring even better utilization, economics and flexibility to Microsoft's datacenters.
Windows will finish a crash 8x faster now. Cool.
Scan me & Beam me up!
FC is still much more expensive per meter than copper. A 6m length of LC-to-LC fiber is over $300 while 6m of CAT6 will run you around $3.
Consider 10GBps interfaces are becoming standard on most Cisco chassis, I don’t see this being widely used unless and until these are integrated into blade chassis backends or entire datacenters are refitted with fiber interconnects.
This is, however, pretty badass tech.
FR will load an 8th of a page 8X faster now. Cool!
Be mindful that this is just the communications aspect of processing. This is just allowing for faster interconnects on systems like mainframes or large-scale farms like Amazon uses for the cloud. This allows high availability clustering on a much larger scale thanks to a break in latency times.
The ability to store, read, and write data is only indirectly affected by this. Storage and data processing still has a long way to go to make any real large-scale use of the data they’re collecting. There’s still “anonymity through sheer volume of data.”
Someone will decide they just have to have the incredible speed and will pay for it.
They don’t need to process EVERY thing they collect, only collect as much as possible.
Then, when you get all upitty, they can sort through YOUR data to see what they already have on you.
It's no longer looking through
If that data is encrypted, it will take a CIA-style interrogation to get your private keys. Quantum computing is at least a decade away, and even then, it would take months if not years to decrypt enough data to net anything meaningful.
In the meantime, encryption will continue to grow and advance. They'll always be a step behind.
I can read what you are saying on FR just fine without having to decrypt a thing.
Oh, and one more thing. They WILL find something evil in your writings.
Even if they have to make it up out of whole cloth.
Who would dare doubt them?
They’ll bring in silken tongued expert witnesses who dazzle the judge and jury with their brilliance and utterly bury you and your public defender in bull poo.
Even if you luck out and get competent council, the federal judge can exclude evidence and the expert witnesses can claim the details are classified.
Psh, I’m not saying I’m free from anything, my friend, but they’ll have a Hell of a time putting together any email history or files from my personal machines without the keys. That’s all.
There’s plenty on FR that would net me a look if not just being a member.
Your ISP has records of your email history. The NSA doubtless has a copy.
If they don’t, they can manufacture whatever history serves their needs.
My ISP has a history of my email? Do they? So they are tracking all of the encrypted email that’s being delivered to MY PERSONAL EMAIL SERVER are they? Not sure how that’s possible.
I use postmail on Linux to host my own email server. All traffic to and from my email server is encrypted using certificates with 1024-bit keys. They can record the traffic all day, but they don’t have the resources to decrypt it.
Sorry bud, I’ve been working in cryptography for over a decade, and I can tell you without a doubt that the NSA does not have the horsepower to decrypt all of the encrypted traffic on the Internet (yet). Quantum computing will make that a reality, but we’re at least a decade away from even the nascent beginnings of it.
Well then, I guess you are utterly safe, aren’t you?
You’re missing the point, null, I never claimed to be immune. Between FR and my work machine, I’m sure the NSA has what they want on me. Point is that we can maintain a level of personal privacy if we invest a little time and research into taking control of our digital lives.
I’ve completely abstained from all forms of social media since their inception. That’s the biggest win anyone could learn and start with. Next is to get off of the “big provider” email hosts like Google, Yahoo, and Live mail. Your ISP email is safeR but not immune. Download Ubuntu Server, install it to a thumb drive or on an old computer and setup your own email server. The records are on your local machine, you can encrypt the partition on which the data resides, and you can control all of the data transfers by using only secure protocols such as IMAP/S.
Setup secure disks on USB hard drives and encrypt all of your personal data such as documents, pay stubs, and passwords. Port your Firefox profile to that encrypted disk and use secure browsing to ensure there’s no trace of previously-visited sites or cookies. And use an incredibly complex password on a password vault program like KeePass to protect ALL of your passwords by only having to remember a single, difficult one.
Finally, shred every document that comes through home. No account numbers, addresses, names, or phone numbers on anything that goes into the trash.
I never said they couldn’t track me, watch me, dig through my bathroom trash to collect my DNA, but I’m not going to just HAND THEM that information. Everything I do online and in life makes it such that the government has to actually work to collect data on me. That’s the whole point of social media and the collusion with the NSA by companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google. We’ve literally handed our lives to the government to catalog and learn how we live. If you take a few hours of a day out of your life to learn about how to protect yourself, your identity, and your privacy, you’ll learn damn quick that it’s not only possible but there are entire legions of us who are doing it daily.