High Speed Interconnects
High Speed Interconnects, as a technology description, are evolving based on emerging compute capabilities and analysis applications. Once strictly the domain of supercomputers pushing petascale and exascale FLOPS (floating point operations per second) for military, medical or weather simulations, the term 'High Speed Interconnects' is now also associated with large aggregations of conventional GPUs performing streamlined analysis and AI (Artificial Intelligence) employed by large data centers. Supercomputers, with massive interconnect densities and tightly controlled environments, often lead the adoption of dense optical solutions, such as seen with mid-board mounted parallel fiber optics. While High Speed Interconnects usually have substantial architectural redundancies, high reliability is key to these tightly integrated systems, where serviceability may be more difficult than with conventional networks.