Huawei launches CloudEngine 16800 data center switch for AI market

Huawei has launched CloudEngine 16800, a data center switch, targeting the Artificial Intelligence (AI) segment.
Huawei CloudEngine 16800 data center switchChina-based networking company said data center switch built for the AI space has three characteristics: AI chip, 48-port 400GE line card per slot, and the capability to evolve to the autonomous driving network.

The CloudEngine 16800 uses the iLossless algorithm to implement auto-sensing and auto-optimization of the traffic model, realizing lower latency and higher throughput based on zero packet loss.

Huawei said the CloudEngine 16800 increases the AI computing power from 50 percent to 100 percent and improves the data storage Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) by 30 percent.
Ethernet switch share Q3 2018
The above chart prepared by research firm IDC indicates that Cisco is the market leader in switch market. Huawei, Arista and HP Enterprise are the switch vendors during the third quarter of 2018.

The CloudEngine 16800 provides the industry’s highest density 48-port 400GE line card per slot and the industry’s largest 768-port 400GE switching capacity (five times the industry average). Power consumption per bit will be reduced by 50 percent.

Huawei CloudEngine data center switches have been launched into commercial use for more than 6000 customers.

On a traditional Ethernet, the AI computing power of data centers can reach up to 50 percent due to a packet loss rate of 1 percent. Since the volume of data will increase from 10 billion terabytes in 2018 to 180 billion terabytes in 2025, existing 100GE data center networks will be unable to handle the data flood.

O&M methods will be unable to meet requirements as the number of data center servers will increase and the computing network, storage network, and data network become converged, Huawei said.

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