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CeBIT 2014: Fujitsu receives Intel Innovation Award for Pioneering Light-Speed Data Center Technology

March 11, 2014
  • High-speed data transfer technology removes performance bottlenecks in data center environments
  • Award goes to first Intel Optical Express PCIe server (OPCIe) based on Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX200 server system and Intel Silicon Photonics
Silicon Photonics Technology delivers data at the speed of light, removing performance bottlenecks and enabling real-time business at full speed. By using fiber-optic cables, data throughput speeds are increased to light speed, at rates of up to 1.6Tbps (Terabits per second, enough to fill an entire 1TB hard drive in just five seconds).

The technology promises to significantly reshape the data center of the future, since it has the potential to remove physical limitations from data center design. Because data can be transferred over distances up to 300 meters without any performance degradation, new data center designs can be optimized. Network, storage and compute nodes can be decoupled, and processing units, which generate the most heat, can then be optimally cooled without having to also use heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) resources to cool more passive components such as storage and network. Silicon Photonics will also make it easier to connect new server nodes or storage systems, as these can be positioned in external racks and connected via fiber optic cables to the server core.

Developed jointly by Fujitsu and Intel, Silicon Photonics Technology was shown for the first time outside the laboratories in November 2013, at the Fujitsu Forum event in Munich, Germany. 

Supporting quotes

Jens-Peter Seick, Senior Vice President Product Development Group, Fujitsu

“For Fujitsu it is a great honor to receive the Intel Innovation Award and also an incentive to continue to work together with Intel on developing new technologies for the data center. Silicon-based photonics has the potential to redefine the role of data centers, as service-oriented providers of sheet computing power for organizations conducting real time business. By separating server and storage components we are taking an important step towards increasing the efficiency of data centers and giving customers a new competitive edge in real-time business.”

Christian Lamprechter, Managing Director Intel GmbH and Country Manager of Germany and Austria

“With the world's first server solution based on Intel Silicon Photonics Technology, Fujitsu impressively demonstrated that it is possible to achieve a massive increase in performance with the help of an innovative system design in the data center. In addition, the proof of concept shows how bottlenecks in server and storage performance can be eliminated thanks to innovative approaches. Intel and Fujitsu have laid the foundation for the data center of the future. With the Intel Innovation Award, we recognize this outstanding achievement.”

Notes to editors

Fujitsu is represented at the Cebit at the following booths: 
  • Fujitsu booth: Hall 7, Stand A28 
  • api Computer Sales, Hall 15, Stand D21, (access only for ITC dealer, exhibitors and journalists)
  • Intel P37 pavilion, Nord LB / forum
  • SAP HANA Showroom: Hall 4, Stand C04 (SAP stand)
  • Software AG: Hall 4, Stand C11

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Date: 11 March, 2014