A New Class of NICs
Until now, standard server NICs have been characterized by their speed and support for industry standard network protocols. Customers were required to look at special-purpose network processing units (NPUs) or FPGAs for valuable packet data and for the ability to host network services.
Industry analyst firm IT Brand Pulse uses the term “XtremeScale” to define a new class of standard NICs with the following capabilities needed to address the needs of massive scale-out applications with workloads distributed among dozens to thousands of core, virtual machines and containers:
- Real-time packet inspection and classification in the compact size, power and cost foot print of a general-purpose NIC.
- Ultra-scale virtual network connectivity exceeding 1,000 vNICs needed by highly distributed applications
- Uses real-time packet and flow data to enable micro-segmented fabric services such as acceleration, security and telemetry.
- Ultra-high bandwidth of at least 25Gbps and ultra-low latency of less than 1 microsecond.
A Family of Products
Built with the all new Solarflare X2 Ethernet controller ASIC, X2 is a family of powerful, intelligent, 10/25/40/50/100GbE NICs in PCIe and OCP form-factors that perform like much more expensive specialty adapters.
Is a platform for data center-wide NIC fabrics delivering micro-segmented acceleration, telemetry and security services that scale with each server, VM or container. For data center traffic engineers, the fabric services running on X2 adapters are software-defined so that network traffic can be shaped and automated using well defined APIs. It also provides more than twice the packet rate of previous Solarflare 40G NICs and superior small packet performance with a hardware latency as low as 500ns—significantly faster than our prior platform. For acceleration, X2 NICs include ScaleOut Onload and DPDK kernel bypass fabric services. The X2 also supports the precision timing protocol (PTP) fabric service for apps that require synchronized time stamping of packets with single-digit nanosecond precision.
Is a programmable NIC that performs packet Inspection and classification. Inside the ASIC of every X2552 OCP NIC is an XtremePacket™ Engine which provides this general-purpose NIC the unique ability to perform real-time inspection. Network engineers can then use Solarflare APIs to shape the visibility, security and performance of the network traffic using this valuable packet data.
XtremeScale: NIC Fabric Services
Solarflare XtremeScale fabric services allow network engineers to increase the efficiency and security of their applications by deploying more workloads on less servers, by protecting traffic inside the data center, and by monitoring valuable packet and flow information on any server with a general-purpose NIC. For distributed environments, fabric processing power scales with every NIC, and fine-grained network policies are possible because they can be applied for every server, VM or container.