Switchless Data Center Networking: Defeating Network Congestion In Performance-intensive Computing

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Published January 2022

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As high-performance computing (HPC) evolves, it is converging with artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics to create a new category that IDC calls performance-intensive computing (PIC). Unfortunately, while compute and storage infrastructure are adapting to accommodate the emerging requirements, conventional networks are struggling to keep pace in providing faster, simpler, and lower-latency interconnects. In this networking context, a particularly acute problem involves congestion mitigation.

In this report, IDC's Brad Casemore explores trends related PIC, including:

  • The challenges congestion causes in PIC workloads
  • The advantages of a direct interconnect architecture
  • How the Rockport Switchless Network addresses congestion and latency

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