Building Mega Data Center From Heterogeneous Containers

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Executive Summary

Data center containers are regarded as the basic units to build mega data centers. In practice, heterogeneity exists among data center containers, because of technical innovation and vendor diversity. In this paper, the authors propose uFix, a scalable, flexible and modularized network architecture to interconnect heterogeneous data center containers. The inter-container connection rule in uFix is designed in such a way that it can flexibly scale to a huge number of servers with stable server/switch hardware settings. uFix allows modularized and fault-tolerant routing by completely decoupling inter-container routing from intra-container routing.

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