Autumn 2017 Optical Connections Magazine

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Intel Xeon Scalable platform powers data centres ‘at the highest performance’

Intel has launched its Xeon scalable platform, said to be the “highest- performance, most versatile data centre platform ever”. With up to 28 of the highest-performance cores, the all-new Intel Xeon Scalable platform supports up to 4.2x more virtual machines and up to 5x more transactions per second than four-year-old systems, the company claims. Configured for storage, Xeon is said to deliver up to 5x more IOPS at up to 70% lower latency to quickly commit data to storage or bring it forward for analysis. For communications, the platform can also power emerging 5G networks, Amphenol Telect has unveiled a high-density fibre distribution chassis that it says boasts cable management features that will change the way networks connect. The C2LINX is aimed at hyperscale networks and is designed to maintain appropriate bend radius standards and protect fibre against possible snags, tension and attenuation. It supports 144 terminations in a one rack unit, and is available in 1RU, 2RU and 4RU versions. Each C2LINX tray holds two modules that can be mixed and matched with patch-only, patch

storage builders programs helped more than 480 companies accelerate and optimise their solutions and publish reference architectures. I believe Intel knowledge shared with the ecosystem is value unlocked for our customers.”

more that 100 percent more performance when the application includes optimization for Intel AVX- 512 instructions. And leading content creator Technicolour reduced time to render virtual reality content by almost 3×7 freeing up valuable time for their most creative employees,” she added. Over the past five years Intel has worked with software companies, contributed to open source communities, and released tools and libraries designed to help developers take advantage of the performance and security features of the Xeon platform. Spelman commented, “Our Cloud, fabric, network and the links swivel while the fibre slides under the microtabs, an arrangement that keeps the fibre from spilling out of the links. The fibre is then routed out of the tray and toward the side of the panel to help keep the cable out of the way of the sliding tray and avoid any fibre being pinched or broken. The chassis is designed to fit a variety of network environments, including enterprise, telecommunications and cable TV.

oering up to 2.5x better performance for key networking applications. Target customers for the platform are cloud and communications service providers, enterprises, HPC and AI engineers. “Our early-ship customers are already seeing great results. For example, AT&T is already running production trac and has seen a major performance improvement using 25 percent fewer servers per cluster,” said Lisa Spelman, vice president and general manager of Intel Xeon products and marketing in the Data Centre Group. “Customers on the Google

Compute Platform have seen up to 40 percent more performance, and

Intel’s scalable Xeon platform.

Superior cable management claimed for high-density fibre panel

“We’ve developed a panel that hits the high-density port numbers networks need to mobilise 5G Internet and keeps fibre cable management ecient and simple,” according to Walt Takisaki, Amphenol Telect Director of Product Development. “We’ve gone the extra mile to keep fibre organised, protected and out of the way of the ports. It allows us to achieve a maximum termination density, maintain correct bend radius integrity and minimise strain on the jumpers.”

and splice, splitters, DWDMs, WDMs, CWDMs, MPOs, TAPs and pre-terminated modules to address multiple configurations. The front and rear access C2LINX utilises HD links and microtabs for the improved routing of fibres in the chassis during installation and servicing. The HD links attached to each tray of the panel have articulating mechanisms that move with the tray, but do not put fibre at risk. As each tray is pulled in or out,

Amphenol Telect’s C2LINX high-density fibre distribution chassis.


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