Intel Disaggregated Server Rack Prototype
Strictly speaking, to “disaggregate” means to divide an integrated whole thing (an “aggregate”) into its component parts.
In many respects, Calxeda, AMD and HP are “re-aggregating” computer architecture. They are packing compute, storage, and local network fabric into a more tightly-integrated rack-level architecture to optimize east-west data flow at a local level. Instead of carving datacenter architecture into its component pieces, they are throwing components into a blender for a more fine-grained approach to optimizing hardware for specific workloads.
We believe that Intel is building a silicon photonics enabled system architecture optimized for large address space in-memory databases and Big Data analytics.