At Intel® Developer Forum (IDF) 2016 in San Francisco, Ericsson demonstrated the world's first complete system based on Intel® Rack Scale Design. Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 is a platform for assembling compute, storage, and network resources into virtual datacenters (vPODs) to provision different types of workloads.

Use its software-defined infrastructure to assemble the components that best match the requirements of a particular workload. When you no longer need those resources, disassemble the vPODs and return to resources to the common pool. Just like Lego®, as Ericsson Research Engineer Mark Murphy explains in this video.




Hi. I'm Mark Murphy at IDF 2016 (Intel ® Developer Forum).We're showing off the Ericsson booth.

I'm at the Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 kiosk, and what I have here is a complete datacenter in a box. Where we have our compute management, where we can define virtual PODs. So I can carve out certain storage and certain compute for certain needs. For a certain period of time.Ericsson-hyperscale-cloud-IDF-infrastructure-Intel-Rack-Scale-Design.jpg

So I can dynamically allocate my hardware based on the use case. So in the hardware we set up here, we have our fabric Pluribus backbone. I have 20 compute sleds. And I have 4 storage sleds. II also have one networking node here. And they're all connected through the fiber backplane, which is the key component here. SO I can actually have these pieces at different locations geographically, and I can tie them together.

It's like LEGO bricks. You're building what you want. You're going to build a computer, and you're going to put the pieces together.

So I have these 20 computes, and I can carve out these two and this storage, or these eight and these four storage, as needed on different use cases. So in this build that I have, we're showing off integration with Intel and some of the other vendors that are here for this Rack Scale Design, showing off this fiber backplane and control mechanism.

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Rick Ramsey

I started my high tech training as an avionics technician in the US Air Force. While studying Economics at UC Berkeley, I wrote reference manuals and developer guides for two artificial intelligence languages, ART and SYNTEL. At Sun Microsystems I wrote about hardware, software, and toolkits for developers and sysadmins, and published “All About Administering NIS+.” I served as information architect before joining BigAdmin, which morphed into the Systems Community at Oracle. I left Oracle in May of 2015, and now write for Ericsson.

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