The Network Backplane

Smart DC

Submer has been working on a set of technologies that enable unprecedented efficiency, density and scale in autonomous lights-out datacenters. These technologies put together are what enable our vision of Smart DC.

Smart DC is primarily focused on datacenter efficiency at the energy and operations level with a focus on delivering unprecedented TCO improvements. Many are the elements that concur to define a Smart Datacenter: from facility design to renewable energy sources, from energy distribution, cooling system, high-density network to robotics, etc.
In this section, we would like to introduce you to the Network Backplane, one of the building blocks of Submer’s Smart DC.

Network Backplane - Taking intra-rack communication to the next level

Join us for a journey towards fully-automated, lights-out, smart datacenters.

The Network Backplane, presented by Scott Noteboom (CTO of Submer), at the OCP Tech Week 2020, is the result of a technical and a strategic partnership.  Submer and Samtec, together with 2CRSI,have designed a solution that takes the cables off the table. Thanks to a robust blind-mated connector solution this technology allows an endless range of possibilities.

Cable Connectivity Cable Connectivity

  • Current rack cable connectivity is designed for human hands
  • Weak mechanical reliability
  • Limited density
  • Prone to interference
  • Impossible to leverage robotics

Network Backplane Network Backplane

  • Compatibility with standard and Open Compute Project (OCP) racks
  • Creating a high-speed interconnection platform with no need of cables
  • Enabling a new generation of TOR switch density gains
  • Facilitating autonomous serviceability of networking and server nodes
  • Delivering high density and life-cycle reliability improvements
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The Network Backplane is contributed under the OCP CLA (Open Compute Project Contribution License Agreement). Feel free to reach out to us if you want to integrate your solution or join the OCP Network Backplane Workgroup that's working on it.

Check the OCP CLA