Lightfleet Corp. based in Camas, Wash., sold its first commercial alpha Direct Broadcast Optical Interconnect system to Microsoft Research’s eXtreme Computing Group is exploring the potential of Lightfleet’s optical interconnect in cloud computing workloads. The group’s mission is to develop radical new approaches to computing hardware, and reliable, secure exascale software systems. “DBOI system uses “broadcast light” to reinvent the way computing nodes are connected in next generation data centers. DBOI tech creates a switchless optical fabric that enables all nodes to communicate with all other nodes simultaneously, breaking performance barriers of today’s typical interconnect architectures. Engineered to meet growing demands for green computing in an energy-efficient, high density form factor, Lightfleet’s capabilities offer unique parallel computing opportunities that allow for building efficient, high-performance cloud infrastructures that deliver more scalability, power savings and cost savings than ever before,” posted Lightfleet.