Data Center & HPC Applications
Today’s mobile society means that people are consuming and creating data at unprecedented levels – the Internet, search engines, mobile apps, smart phones – all are omnipresent, yet their existence is basically taken for granted. The reality is that all of today’s mobile gadgets, and more and more of all business enterprises, depend on the storage, networking and processing of digital data, nearly all of it via or inside a data center.
As the amount of data generated worldwide continues to skyrocket, organizations will increasingly rely on sophisticated data management systems, underscoring the importance of flexible, scalable, high performance data centers.
What a difference 8 years makes. St. Peter’s Square in 2005 when Pope Benedict first greeted the public and in 2013, when Pope Francis first greeted the public.
Market and industry trends are changing the way enterprises approach their data center strategies. Several factors are driving enterprises to look beyond traditional technology infrastructure silos and transform the way they view their data center environment and business processes. These include aging data center infrastructures that are at risk for not meeting future business requirements, an ongoing cost-consciousness, and the need to be more energy-efficient.
Many enterprises are looking to virtualization, fabric-based infrastructure, modular designs and cloud computing as they explore how best to optimize their resources.
This type of overall system flexibility is at the very core of RapidIO Fabrics as the specification assumes there are multiple host or master processors in a system needing to communicate with each other through shared memory, interrupts and messages. Also, RapidIO Fabrics can support up to 64K processors (or end points), each with their own complete address space and supporting peer-to-peer transactions.
To help drive the adoption of RapidIO based Data Center platforms, the RapidIO Trade Association has released Phase 1 of the Data Center Compute and Networking Task Group (DCCN) design. The DCCN System, is targeted at Server, Data Center and Supercomputing applications and showcases the strength of the entire RapidIO ecosystem with multi-vendor collaboration.
This initial DCCN reference design, built by RapidIO member Prodrive Technologies, is vendor and processor agnostic, and the design specifications are being made available to other open standards in the computing industry and is available for use by OEM’s of computing and data center infrastructure, research labs and government organizations.