01 Nov. 15:00 - 16:00 | L3 Session Room 15

Microsoft Optics for the Cloud : How Microsoft Research are re-thinking future Data Centre technology

The world is moving to the cloud at an ever-increasing rate. Microsoft is at the core of this transformation and is continuously building out new Data Centres to keep up with demand. However, most of the core technology used in these data centres today was designed or conceived in the era before the cloud existed. Many of the technologies represent compromises, encumbered by legacy thinking, making choices that enable them to work across many different scenarios. At the cloud scale, there is the scope to create cloud-specific technologies that free us from decade’s worth of legacy thinking.   At Microsoft Research Cambridge, we are exploring optical technologies for the cloud across the three primary resources, networking, storage, and compute. In this session, we are taking a holistic end-to-end view of the needs of the cloud and are presenting our work on optical networking and storage.