US Patent No. 10,694,635

MESH NETWORK TOPOLOGY BASED ON MIDPLANE BOARD


Patent No. 10,694,635
Issue Date June 23, 2020
Title Mesh Network Topology Based On Midplane Board
Inventorship Roey Rivnay, Seattle, WA (US)
Assignee Amazon Technologies, Inc., Seattle, WA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,694,635

1. A system, comprising:a chassis sized to fit in a server rack, the chassis defining a space bounded by a front, a rear, a top, a bottom, a left side, and a right side, the chassis further defining a vertical direction between the top and the bottom, a longitudinal direction between the front and the rear, and a lateral direction between the left side and the right side;
a power harness extending in the vertical direction and comprising a first power connector, a second power connector, a third power connector, and a fourth power connector, wherein at least the first power connector is configured to receive in the longitudinal direction to establish connection for transmission of power and to permit translation therein substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction;
a midplane board extending in the longitudinal direction and comprising a first interconnect slot and a second interconnect slot on one side of the midplane board and a third interconnect slot and a fourth interconnect slot on an opposite side of the midplane board; and
a set of sleds each respectively comprising a rear edge, a lateral edge, a processor, and a connector positioned at the lateral edge and coupled with the processor, the set of sleds comprising:
a first sled having a first connector received in the first interconnect slot of the midplane board and coupled at a first rear edge to the first power connector of the power harness;
a second sled having a second connector received in the second interconnect slot of the midplane board and coupled at a second rear edge to the second power connector of the power harness;
a third sled having a third connector received in the third interconnect slot of the midplane board and coupled at a third rear edge to the third power connector of the power harness; and
a fourth sled having a fourth connector received in the fourth interconnect slot of the midplane board and coupled at a fourth rear edge to the fourth power connector of the power harness;
wherein the first, second, third, and fourth interconnect slots of the midplane board are electrically coupled to one another to form a mesh network among the processors of the set of sleds.