Intel Rack Scale Design Released

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Intel Rack Scale Design Location

Intel Rack Scale Design is now available online and ready for development. The data center equipment industry is primarily focused on hyper-scale deployments these days. As a result, we are seeing continued focus on projects such as Facebook’s Open Compute in various segments. These architectures are less focused on specialized hardware and instead focus on building large scale compute, memory, storage and networking pools. Looking forward from an industry perspective, we think that Intel RSD is going to have significant implications on the data center hardware and management software ecosystem.

As many have seen in recent STH reviews, we are pointing out systems that have Redfish management. Intel RSD utilizes Redfish and we expect to see wider adoption in the coming quarters.

Intel Rack Scale Design encompasses a way to manage large numbers of systems. The RSD hierarchy is Pod -> Rack -> Drawer -> Module -> Blade

Intel Rack Scale Design Pod Overview
Intel Rack Scale Design Pod Overview

While we are not going to go in-depth on the infrastructure, it is clear that the entire design is for large hyper-scale deployments:

Intel Rack Scale Design Location
Intel Rack Scale Design Location

Intel’s Rack Scale project has been discussed for some time. Recently, Intel has started to announce designs more publicly. We have already seen partners like QCT, Dell and Supermicro jump on the Rack Scale architecture design. Intel published a list of partners:

The code is available on Github and we hope to see significant contributions to the code base going forward.

Here is Intel’s Rack Scale Design reference document and a link to the Intel blog post:

Intel® Rack Scale Design Is Now Ready for Open Source Development

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Patrick has been running STH since 2009 and covers a wide variety of SME, SMB, and SOHO IT topics. Patrick is a consultant in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about server, storage and networking, building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

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