IBM POWER8®-based Servers Connected by IDT® RapidIO Switches Deliver Optimized Low-Latency Compute Clusters for 5G, C-RAN, and Financial Applications
23 Aug 2016
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 23, 2016-- Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) (NASDAQ: IDTI) today announced a new high-performance computing solution for telecommunications “edge” networks that combines its RapidIO technology with IBM’s POWER8-based servers. The computing cluster can be used at the edge of wireless 4G advanced and 5G networks for a variety of data-intensive applications including networked robotics control, network-assisted private and public transportation, and video analytics and caching.
The computing cluster features four dual-socket IBM POWER8-based servers connected with IDT’s RapidIO 10xN switch technology, which delivers 100 ns latency, 50 Gbps top-of-rack switching, along with IDT’s advanced timing devices. The cluster is ideal for designs in 5G, C-RAN, mobile edge computing, high-performance computing, data analytics and financial trading applications, and can be scaled in a 42U rack to connect up to 76 POWER8 sockets with only 300 ns of switching latency.
This industry-first solution, built on OpenPOWER technology, is the result of work conducted by the Open Compute Project (OPC) HPC Project, which IDT co-chairs and which lays the foundation for the edge computing use case in the OpenPOWER Foundation.
"The 100 ns latency and energy efficiency of our 50 Gbps RapidIO silicon is ideal for connecting the IBM POWER8-based servers for edge applications,” said Sean Fan, IDT's vice president and general manager of IDT’s Computing and Communications Division. "The work with OpenPOWER technology has enabled this collaboration with IBM to advance 5G edge computing.”
In edge computing, data and services are moved from their traditional centralized location to the edges of the network, enabling data management and analytics to occur at the data source for faster results.
"Taking an open and collaborative approach to developing solutions for edge computing with OpenPOWER technology is accelerating and strengthening the development efforts of our broader open community," said Calista Redmond, president of the OpenPOWER Foundation and director of OpenPOWER Global Alliances at IBM. "Completing this edge computing cluster with a combination of POWER8 servers and IDT RapidIO switching is foundational for solving the emerging analytics and machine control use cases at the 5G network edge."
The RapidIO switch appliance ports used in the edge computing cluster can run at 1, 2.5, 5, 10, 20, 40 and 50 Gbps using IDT’s 50 Gbps RXS2448 silicon, and can be tuned to optimize overall system power consumption, depending on application workload and edge node power budgets. Twelve-port 1U 19-inch solutions are available in production from StarBridge, Inc., while larger radix 50 Gbps per port switches from 48-96 ports can be ordered directly from Prodrive Technologies. For more information on IBM POWER8 servers, visit http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/. IDT RapidIO networking software and timing devices can be ordered at the IDT website.
IDT will deliver a presentation on the new edge computing solution at the Mobile Edge Computing Congress in Munich, Germany Sept. 21-22.
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