PhoxTroT is a large-scale European research effort focusing on high-performance, low-energy and cost and small-size optical interconnects across the different hierarchy levels in data center and high-performance computing systems: on-board, board-to-board and rack-to-rack. PhoxTroT tackles optical interconnects in a holistic way, synergizing the different fabrication platforms in order to deploy the optimal “mix&match” technology and tailor this to each interconnect layer. PhoxTroT follows a layered approach from near-term exploitable to more forward looking but of high expected gain activities.
PhoxTroT is focusing on on-board, board-to-board and rack-to-rack optical interconnects. The goal of this European flagship project is the deployment of optimized technologies to tailor dedicated interconnect layers towards high-performance, low-energy and low-cost Data Center and High-Performance Computing Systems.
A „mix & match“ technology by synergizing the different fabrication platforms such as CMOS electronics, Si-photonics, polymers, glass, III-Vs, and plasmonics will enable generic building blocks (transmitters, modulators, receivers, switches, optochips, multi- and single-mode optical PCBs, chip- and board-to-board connectors) to extend the performance beyond Tb/s and to reduce the energy by more than 50%.
PhoxTroT is a European Union-funded IP project. Grant agreement no: 318240. European Commission, Seventh Framework Program (FP7), ICT – Information and Communication Technologies. www.phoxtrot.eu