Free Space Intra-Datacenter Interconnects Based on 2D Optical Beam Steering Enabled by Photonic Integrated Circuits
AbstractData centers are continuously growing in scale and can contain more than one million servers spreading across thousands of racks; requiring a large-scale switching network to provide broadband and reconfigurable interconnections of low latency. Traditional data center network architectures, through the use of electrical packet switches in a multi-tier topology, has fundamental weaknesses such as oversubscription and cabling complexity. Wireless intra-data center interconnection solutions have been proposed to deal with the cabling problem and can simultaneously address the over-provisioning problem by offering efficient topology re-configurability. In this work we introduce a novel free space optical interconnect solution for intra-data center networks that utilizes 2D optical beam steering for the transmitter, and high bandwidth wide-area photodiode arrays for the receiver. This new breed of free space optical interconnects can be developed on a photonic integrated circuit; offering ns switching at sub-μW consumption. The proposed interconnects together with a networking architecture that is suitable for utilizing those devices could support next generation intra-data center networks, fulfilling the requirements of seamless operation, high connectivity, and agility in terms of the reconfiguration time. View Full-Text
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Chaintoutis, C.; Shariati, B.; Bogris, A.; Dijk, P.V.; Roeloffzen, C.G.H.; Bourderionnet, J.; Tomkos, I.; Syvridis, D. Free Space Intra-Datacenter Interconnects Based on 2D Optical Beam Steering Enabled by Photonic Integrated Circuits. Photonics 2018, 5, 21.
Chaintoutis C, Shariati B, Bogris A, Dijk PV, Roeloffzen CGH, Bourderionnet J, Tomkos I, Syvridis D. Free Space Intra-Datacenter Interconnects Based on 2D Optical Beam Steering Enabled by Photonic Integrated Circuits. Photonics. 2018; 5(3):21.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chaintoutis, Charidimos; Shariati, Behnam; Bogris, Adonis; Dijk, Paul V.; Roeloffzen, Chris G.H.; Bourderionnet, Jerome; Tomkos, Ioannis; Syvridis, Dimitris. 2018. "Free Space Intra-Datacenter Interconnects Based on 2D Optical Beam Steering Enabled by Photonic Integrated Circuits." Photonics 5, no. 3: 21.
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