Thursday, July 7, 2022

Meta and Cisco Collaborating on Open Compute Project Design

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Meta and Cisco are partnering on an Open Compute Project (OCP) contributed design.

The design is part of Cisco’s commitment to the open source community and the hardware and software disaggregation movement, according to the company last month.

Meta worked with Cisco to develop and deploy two next-generation top-of-rack (TOR) switches.

The latest versions of Meta’s Wedge TOR, the Wedge 400 and 400C, offer higher front panel port density and greater performance for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications, while also enabling future expansions.

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The Wedge 400 and 400C have several improvements over the Wedge 100S, including 4x the switching capacity, upgraded from 3.2 Tbps to 12.8 Tbps, 8x the burst absorption performance, and a field-replaceable CPU subsystem.

Meta has deployed the Cisco Silicon One Q200L device along with the Wedge 400C TOR switch. Cisco Q200L uses 7 nm technology to provide a 12.8 Tbps solution for web-scale switching and routing. The 12.8 Tbps Wedge 400C supports up to 16 ports of 400G and 32 ports of 200G.

“Cisco Silicon One is positioned in the market to provide “a common architecture across the entire network, enabling massive operational efficiencies,” said Rakesh Chopra, Cisco Fellow, common hardware group architecture and platforming, Cisco. 

Chopra added that the Q200L is “an important part of Cisco’s expanding Silicon One product family and as part of our overall disagg component model, it provides Meta a building block to innovate on top of, at hyperscale efficiency and scale.”

Meta is detailing more on the OPC contributed design by Cisco and Meta.

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