Edgecore Networks debuts 800G switch to power AI/ML workloads across data centre networks

Edgecore Networks has unveiled its new 800G-optimised switch that provides high-performance Ethernet fabrics for AI/ML deployments. The new switch, dubbed the DCS560, packs an impressive 51.2 Tb/s of total switching capacity with 64 ports supporting 800G interfaces, and is powered by Broadcom StrataXGS Tomahawk 5 series silicon. The Tomahawk 5 was first announced by Broadcom back in 2022 in a bid to help boost hyperscaler data centre operations.

“AI/ML workloads impose a unique demand on the network in terms of low entropy, high intensity and bursty flows,” Nanda Ravindran, VP product management at Edgecore Networks, told SDxCentral. “It is important for such AI workloads to use DCS560 and take advantage of adaptive routing and dynamic load-balancing features to achieve the best job completion times.”

According to Edgecore, hyperscale data centres are increasingly adopting Ethernet-based fabrics in order to reduce job completion times for AI workloads. The 2RU (rack unit) DCS560 aims to meet this need for scalable, high-throughput 800G switching in an easy-to-deploy form factor.

Edgecore has packed the DCS560 with high-availability features including redundant power supplies and fans. This makes it suitable for mission-critical data centre deployments that require five-nines of reliability. The switch also supports a wide operating temperature range.

According to Ravindran, the DCS560 provides twice the bandwidth capacity, lower power consumption per bit and better load balancing compared to previous generations of Edgecore switch platforms. Looking forward, he said Edgecore plans to expand on the DCS560 family with higher capacity switches specifically for AI/ML use cases.

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