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According to an article published by Computer World, the Japanese manufacturer Fujitsu conducted a demonstration of new server technology at the Fujitsu Forum in Munich, Germany, on November 6th and 7th. The article indicates that the demonstration highlighted multiple servers using light and laser technology to transfer data. According to the report, the manufacturer demonstrated two Primergy RX200 servers configured with expansion units and optical cable using light – instead of copper wire – to transfer data between the systems.
As the article outlines, it was Fujitsu's goal to successfully demonstrate how high-speed connections with fiber optic cables can give multiple processing and storage components the ability to be decoupled from a server and moved to alternate containment. The article states that each Primergy expansion box is configured with Intel Xeon Phi co-processors and solid-state drives. The connection is the optical version of the PCI-Express specification – based on the Intel OPCI-Express protocol.
According to the report, the Fujitsu demonstration showed that this technology could assist in moving data at faster speeds and, at longer distances, keep servers smaller and contribute to the reduction of power and cooling costs.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / November 12, 2013