PLX developed the PCIe-based top-of-rack (ToR) switch box to demonstrate rack-level consolidation and convergence into a single interconnect technology. PCIe is well-established as a standard that is already native on nearly all mainstream data center appliances. Enabled by PLX PCIe Gen3 switch devices, ExpressFabric eliminates a large number of expensive bridging devices (e.g., adapter cards) that translate PCIe to InfiniBand, Ethernet or Fibre Channel. This subsequently provides a high-performance, low-latency solution, while offering significantly lower cost and power, with a reduced bill of materials.
The IDF demonstration highlights clustering and I/O sharing via an industry-leading PLX-designed ToR switch box connecting seamlessly via PCIe to multiple 1U servers, all housed in a standard data center rack enclosure. The rack is then connected to the cloud through Ethernet (representing the rack-to-rack connection). This true-to-life example in a real-time environment represents how ExpressFabric is targeting small- to medium-sized data center clusters.
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