Ayar Labs announce landmark partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to develop Next-Generation Data Centre Architectures and Networking with Optical I/O

Ayar Labs, the leader in chip-to-chip optical connectivity, recently announced a multi-year strategic collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to usher in a new era of data centre innovation by developing silicon photonics solutions based on I/O technology. The development of these technologies will be crucial in supporting future requirements for high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.

Downing Ventures first invested in Ayar Labs in 2020 and as part of this recent partnership with HPE, the venture arm of the technology business – Hewlett Packard Pathfinder – has made a strategic investment in Ayar Labs to accelerate the development and adoption of joint future technologies. As part of the collaboration, HPE and Ayar Labs will partner on photonics research and commercial development, building a joint ecosystem of solution providers, and customer engagements.

The collaboration will focus on Ayar Labs’ development of high speed, high density, low power optical-based interconnects to target future generations of HPE Slingshot, the industry’s only high performance Ethernet fabric specifically designed for HPC and AI solutions. By combining these technologies, the teams are well-positioned to design next-generation high-performance networking solutions and novel disaggregated system architectures that are critical for increased flexibility, efficiency, performance, and throughput to support data-intensive demands of future workloads.

To prepare for and address the future challenge brought on by mass scale, HPE and Ayar Labs plan to develop capabilities that leverage optical I/O, which is a silicon photonics-based technology that uses light instead of electricity to transmit data, to integrate with HPE Slingshot, a purpose-built HPC and AI interconnect designed for next-generation technologies, such as the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy exascale supercomputers.

Optical I/O uniquely changes the performance and power trajectories of system designs by enabling compute, memory and networking ASICs to communicate with dramatically increased bandwidth, at a lower latency, and at a fraction of the power of existing electrical I/O solutions. The technology is also foundational to enabling emerging heterogeneous compute systems, disaggregated, pooled designs, and unified memory architectures that are critical to accelerating future innovation.

“HPE is the leader in advanced systems architectures for HPC, AI, and networking,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Ayar Labs. “This collaboration will accelerate the introduction of a whole new class of system architectures that overcome the existing limitations of traditional interconnects, ushering in a new era for efficient, scalable high-performance computing.”

Downing Ventures Partner, Jack Eadie, praised Ayar Labs’ progress: “We’ve always seen Ayar Labs as a key enabler within high-performance computing, with this recent partnership with HPE it further cements their place as emerging market leaders. We are delighted to be continuing to support Ayar Labs as they scale up their business and rollout their ground breaking technology across different markets.”

This article first appeared on businesswire.com


About Ayar Labs

Ayar Labs is disrupting the traditional performance, cost, and efficiency curves of the semiconductor and computing industries by driving a 1000x improvement in interconnect bandwidth density at 10x lower power. Ayar Labs’ patented approach uses industry standard cost-effective silicon processing techniques to develop high speed, high density, low power optical based interconnect “chiplets” and lasers to replace traditional electrical based I/O. The company was founded in 2015 and is funded by a number of domestic and international venture capital firms as well as strategic investors. For more information, visit https://ayarlabs.com/

Date published:

25 Feb 2022

Practice area:

Deep Tech