Tag: Data Centers

New design could make fiber communications more energy efficient

Researchers say a new discovery on a U.S. Army project for optoelectronic devices could help make optical fiber communications more energy efficient. A new design of optical devices radiate light in a single direction. This single-sided radiation channel for light can be used in a wide array of optoelectronic applications to reduce energy loss in optical fiber networks and data centers. The journal Nature published the findings. Light tends to flow in optical fibers along one direction, like water flows through a pipe. On-chip couplers are used to connect fibers to chips, where light signals are generated, amplified, or detected. While most light going through the coupler continues through to the fiber, some of the light travels in the opposite direction, leaking out. A large part of energy consumption in data traffic is due to this radiation loss.

Data Center Webinar Series: Port Breakout

This webinar will provide an overview of port breakout, defined as taking a parallel port and breaking it down to a lower speed port in the cabling (40G- 10G, etc.), and its implications on structured cabling. We will also cover a new trend of certain customers wanting to break out transceiver ports at the transceiver interface and not in the structured cabling. This trend is leading the industry to evaluate new smaller form factor connectors. We will introduce the proposed new connector designs and discuss the applications where they will potentially be used.

Speed race: Just as 400Gb Ethernet gear rolls out, an 800GbE spec is revealed

Just as the stage is set for 400G Ethernet (GbE) to roll out in force later this year, mainly in hyperscale, telco and large data-center networks, there is a call to boost that speed to 800GbE or even higher in the coming years.The need for increased speed in data centers and cloud services speeds is driven by many things including the continued growth of hyperscale networks from players like Google, Amazon and Facebook, but also the more distributed and mobile workloads modern networks support. But the reality on the ground is that much lower speeds are what’s commonly in use.

Designing Fiber Optic Connectivity for TOR

In today’s fast-changing data center environment, where compute performance and storage volume increase significantly every year, it is important to step back and review why top-of-rack (TOR) fabric is deployed by more than 50% of data centers worldwide.
Using a TOR architecture is more relevant than ever to keep up with these changes. TOR supports and enables change as a part of your data center infrastructure management (DCM) plan, a paramount strategy in today’s conditions.

Emerging tech offices come together on long-term plan to combat coronavirus

Emerging technology programs across the federal government have come together under the common goal of fighting the spread of the coronavirus. AI and other tools such as supercomputing and advanced data analytics will play a significant, if not understated role, in the administration’s long-term response to COVID-19, the disease caused by this strain of the virus.

Examining the Role of Data Centers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves throughout the world. As organizations around the globe scramble to help slow the spread of the virus, some companies find themselves with increased responsibility. Data centers, in particular, have a crucial role to fill. With nearly 400,000 cases globally, the coronavirus is not only disrupting social life, but it’s also changing the face of business. Internet needs are both growing and shifting, and data centers have to account for this change. Here are some of the ways data centers are serving communities amid the crisis.