Copenhagen, Denmark, July 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Napatech™ (OSLO: NAPA.OL), the leading provider of programmable intelligent network interface cards (SmartNICs) used for data processing unit (DPU) and infrastructure processing unit (IPU) services in data processing applications. telecommunications, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial services worldwide, today announced a set of new SmartNIC features that enable unmodified standard applications in edge and core data centers to take advantage of compute and unloaded and accelerated networking.
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As enterprises, communications service providers, and cloud data center operators deploy virtualized applications and services in edge and core data centers, they increasingly leverage workload-specific coprocessors to offload functions such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), storage, networking, and infrastructure services from general-purpose server processors. This architectural approach not only maximizes the availability of server compute resources for running applications and services, but also improves system-level performance and power efficiency by running offloaded workloads on devices optimized for these specific tasks such as programmable SmartNICs, also called data processing units. (DPU) or infrastructure processing units (IPU).
Thanks to this offloading trend as well as an acceleration in global data center deployments, programmable SmartNICs represent the fastest growing segment of the NIC market, with a total available market (TAM) expected to reach $3.8 billion/year by 2026 according to Omdia.
To maximize the portability of their software and speed it to market, developers of applications and cloud services are embedding industry-standard application programming interfaces (APIs) and drivers into their software. Data center operators must therefore be able to select offload solutions that are compatible with applicable standards, to avoid having to create customized, vendor-specific versions of their software. The latest update of Napatech Link-Virtualization™ Softwareversion 4.4, addresses this challenge by incorporating networking and virtual switching features that implement full support for relevant open standards, while delivering class-leading performance and functionality.
Specifically, Link-Virtualization now supports a fully hardware-offloaded implementation of the Virtio 1.1 input/output (I/O) virtualization framework for Linux, including the standard kernel NIC interface, meaning that guest virtual machines (VMs) do not require a custom or proprietary driver. Link-Virtualization also supports open standard Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) shortcut running in guest virtual machines to optimize performance of features such as Open Virtual Switch (OVS). Link-Virtualization is also fully compatible with OpenStack, enabling seamless integration into cloud data center environments around the world.
Other new features built into Link-Virtualization include VxLAN IPv6 tunneling, RPM-based configuration for OpenStack Packstack, configurable maximum transmission unit (MTU), live migration over condensed ring, egress font port-based quality of service (QoS), etc. The software is available on Napatech’s portfolio of SmartNIC cards, powered by AMD (Xilinx) and Intel FPGAs, which cover port speeds of 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, 25 Gbps, 40 Gbps , 50 Gbps and 100 Gbps.
As an example of the peak performance provided by Link-Virtualization, the complete offloading of the OVS datapath to the SmartNIC means that only one host processor core is required to run the OVS control plane while providing point of 55 million packets per second for port-to-VM-to-port (PVP) traffic and 130 million packets per second for port-to-port (PTP) traffic. Reclaiming host processor cores previously required to run OVS and making them available to run applications and services results in a significant reduction in the number of servers required to support a given workload or user base. This in turn leads to significant reductions in overall data center CAPEX and OPEX. It also reduces system-level power consumption and improves data center power efficiency at the edge or in the cloud. To help estimate cost and energy savings for specific use cases, Napatech provides an online ROI calculator, which data center operators can use to analyze their projected savings.
“Napatech’s Link-Virtualization software enables data center operators to optimize the performance of their network infrastructure in a fully standards-compliant environment, maximizing their flexibility in application selection,” said Jarrod JS Siket. , CMO of Napatech. “In addition to full support for standard APIs, the solution also integrates essential operational features such as Receive Side Scaling (RSS) to efficiently distribute network traffic to multiple virtual machines and Virtual Data Path Acceleration (vDPA), which enables migration live workloads running to and from any host, whether or not a SmartNIC is present.”
Napatech is the leading provider of FPGA-based programmable SmartNIC solutions used in telecommunications, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide. With commercial-grade software suites integrated with robust, high-performance hardware, Napatech accelerates telecommunications, networking, and security workloads to deliver the best system-level performance while maximizing server compute resource availability. for running applications and services. Additional information is available at www.napatech.com.
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