Xeon MP Server on Optical Interconnects in July

Beginning in July, a startup plans to ship a server using optical interconnects to improve the overall system performance. The Lightfleet “Beacon” server will connect multiple Intel Xeon processors using an array of mirrors, that will beam data using light, a system that Lightfleet calls “Corowave.” The company demonstrated a 16-node server in 2006 as a proof of concept. In its initial implementation, Beacon will have 32 simultaneous transmitters operating at 2.5 Gbit/second each. As you add nodes to a Corowave technology-based system, system latency remains flat while overall system bandwidth increases linearly.


Beginning in July, a startup plans to ship a server using optical interconnects to improve the overall system performance. The Lightfleet “Beacon” server will connect multiple Intel Xeon processors using an array of mirrors, that will beam data using light, a system that Lightfleet calls “Corowave.” The company demonstrated a 16-node server in 2006 as a proof of concept. In its initial implementation, Beacon will have 32 simultaneous transmitters operating at 2.5 Gbit/second each. As you add nodes to a Corowave technology-based system, system latency remains flat while overall system bandwidth increases linearly. This is a feature that is unique to Lightfleet’s technology. Specifically, the technology is being touted as one that’s especially applicable to parallel computing technology, although the company has not provided benchmarks to prove its superiority.

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