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Ascendable Datacenter Servers Using Ficonn Bi-Port Structure

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Executive Summary

This paper explores a new server-interconnection structure. The commodity server machines used in today's data centers usually come with two built-in Ethernet ports, one for network connection and the other left for backup purposes. Believe that if both ports are actively used in network connections, it can build a scalable, cost-effective interconnection structure without either the expensive higher-level large switches or any additional hardware on servers. Such a networking structure called FiConn. Although the server node degree is only 2 in this structure, it has proven that FiConn is highly scalable to encompass hundreds of thousands of servers with low diameter and high bisection width.

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