All-Optical Programmable Disaggregated Data Centre Network realized by FPGA-based Switch and Interface Card

Yan Yan, George Saridis, Yi Shu, Bijan R. Rofoee, Shuang Yi Yan, Murat Arslan, David Richardson, Simon Poole, Georgios Zervas, Dimitra Simeonidou, Tom Bradley, Natalie V. Wheeler, Nicholas H.L. Wong, Francesco Poletti, Marco N. Petrovich

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Abstract

This paper reports a FPGA-based Switch and Interface Card (SIC) and its application scenario in an all-optical, programmable disaggregated Data Centre Network (DCN). Our novel SIC is designed and implemented to replace traditional optical Network Interface Cards (NICs), plugged into the server directly, supporting Optical Packet Switching (OPS)/ Optical Circuit Switching (OCS) or Time Division Multiplexing (TDM)/ Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) traffic on demand. Placing the SIC in each server/blade, we eliminate electronics from the top of rack (ToR) switch by pushing all the functionality on each blade while enabling direct intra-rack blade-to-blade communication to deliver ultra-low chip-to-chip latency. We demonstrate the disaggregated DCN architecture scenarios along with all-optical dimension-programmable N×M Spectrum Selective Switches (SSS) and an Architecture-on-Demand (AoD) optical backplane. OPS and OCS complement each other as do TDM and WDM, which can support variable traffic flows. A flat disaggregated DCN architecture is realized by connecting the optical ToR switches directly to either an optical Top of Cluster (ToC) switch or the intra-cluster AoD optical backplane, while clusters are further interconnected to an inter-cluster AoD for scaling out.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1925-1932
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Volume34
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Disaggregated Data Center Networking
  • FPGA-based
  • Optical Network Interface Card
  • Optical Packet Switching
  • Optical Circuit Switching
  • Time Division Multiplexing
  • Wavelength Division Multiplexing

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