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Segment Routing Over IPv6 Acceleration Using Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000

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Overview

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The explosion of transporting data over cellular networks combined with the move to virtualized services creates challenges for network operators, both in meeting demand and delivering new services.

Additionally, 5G is driving a change in network architectures with O-RAN disaggregating hardware and software. 5G technology is driven by

  • Up to 100GBPS data rate, which is a 10x to 100X increase from 4G and 4.5G networks
  • Up to 100X number of connected devices per unit area compared to 4G LTE
  • 99.999% availability, with 1-millisecond latency
  • 1000X bandwidth per unit area

To offer 5G technology and services to customers and overcome challenges, telecom operators are adopting Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN) approach. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) offers network operators the ability to scale their networks with modular software running on COTS servers. HCL NFV acceleration on a SmartNIC (Network Interface Card) is a cost-effective way to improve computing capacity to accommodate new services and scale with existing server infrastructure. HCL’s Industry Software Division has partnered with Intel to deliver a full suite of network acceleration workloads onto Intel’s PAC N3000 SmartNIC cards.

Business Benefits

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Reduced Costs

  • Consolidate servers in your data center
  • 35% savings in Capex + Opex
  • Do more with less
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Increased Performance

  • 96% Performance improvement
  • Achieve higher throughput with lower latency
  • Improved server utilization
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Increased Efficiency

  • Up to 5X lower latency than software
  • 3X CPU Core Savings
  • Resources can be freed up for other business applications
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Flexible Deployment

  • Easy to repurpose
  • Programmable acceleration
  • FPGA can be reprogrammed as business needs evolve

Products

Segment routing over IPv6 addresses the requirements of NFV & SDN architecture.

SRv6 simplifies NFV implementation by allowing SDN, service chaining, and tunneling at the same time

  • 3X performance improvement with SRv6 accelerated solution
  • Save CPU cores and CPU cycles to get the same throughput as SRv6 software-based approach
  • Available CPU capacity enables optimized processing of core network functions

A teleco -grade OvS acceleration solution for both VM and Containers-based infrastructures.

Open vSwitch (OvS) is widely used in SDN and NFV communities. Despite the flexibility of virtual switches, they bring poor I/O performance and high CPU overhead whereas OvS Acceleration resolves performance issues. HCL OvS acceleration solution improve performance and save CPU Cores. It supports both OVS-Kernel & OVS-DPDK implementation and has robust features set.

  • Achieve 10X performance improvement with HCL’s OvS acceleration solution
  • Supports both OVS-Kernel/DPDK implementation and has a robust feature set
  • Migrate workload in real-time (scaling) and achieve live mirroring

Improve vRouter Forwarding Rate

Tungsten Fabric (TF) is an SDN hybrid and multi-cloud solution which allows secure and unified policy enforcement across the cloud environment. TF vRouter Acceleration improves the vRouter forwarding rate using Intel’s PAC N3000 card, freeing CPU resources for VNF/CNF use. 

  • 100% core savings for fast path (zero cores used for fast path)
  • Up to x6 times increase in throughput for smaller packets & Up to x5 times lower latency than software
  • Up to 100% line rate for higher packet size
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