Rockley Photonics matches government funding from the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) in a ‘Prosperity Partnership’ with the University of Southampton
So far, data centres have managed to keep pace with the vast quantities of generated and stored data. However, they do so at enormous cost, which will continue to grow as bandwidth demands show no signs of levelling in the foreseeable future. Gregory Finn, VP of Business Development talks to US Tech and explains how Rockley Photonics aims to improve data centers through a combination of photonics and CMOS technology.
Described as a leader in the commercialisation of photonics based research, Dr Andrew Rickman delivers a keynote speech, entitled 'Scaling cloud data centers with packet switching' at the University of Southampton's Future Photonics Hub’s inaugural industry day.
Optic.org reports on Rockley’s mission to develop a massively-scalable optical packet switching solution, initially designed to target the booming hyper-scale cloud data center market.
Scalability is becoming an increasingly problematic and complex issue and network equipment needs to play a more central role in enabling continued economical and ecological expansion of the Internet’s nerve centre – the megascale data centres. Driven by Moore’s Law, the microelectronics industry has continually pushed down the cost of compute, but data centre operators face a technically challenging and costly future as they try to keep pace with evolving data centre network infrastructure requirements.
Silicon photonics luminaries series
Interview with Dr. Andrew Rickman
Silicon photonics has been a recurring theme in the career of Andrew Rickman. First, as a researcher looking at the feasibility of silicon-based optical waveguides, then as founder of Bookham Technologies, and after that as a board member of silicon photonics start-up, Kotura.
Now as CEO of start-up Rockley Photonics, his company is using silicon photonics alongside its custom ASIC and software to tackle a core problem in the data centre: how to connect more and more servers in a cost effective and scaleable way.