The Market Need
The separation of the control and user planes is a key facet of the 5G architecture, such that the User Plane Function (UPF) sits as the gateway between the Radio Access Network and the 5G core. Today’s leading operators are using a disaggregation approach as they begin to open their networks, and compute resources are being moved to the edge of the network closer to end-user locations, requiring a small physical footprint and low power. When this is combined with the requirements of high bandwidth, low latency, dense connectivity, and multitenancy to achieve 5G Quality of Experience, operators are hard-pressed to find a workable solution.
Our 5G UPF solution combines Ethernity Networks’ ACE-NIC100 FPGA SmartNIC with TietoEVRY’s UPF software development kit. TietoEVRY’s SDK is fully containerized and makes use of Travelping’s open-source VPP data plane software and DPDK APIs. This allows service providers to boost performance, reduce networking overhead, and lower their total cost of ownership, as well as collocate the UPF with other services.
Complete offload of the UPF forwarding data path is handled via standard DPDK APIs, assuring carrier-grade UPF performance to meet the strict 5G latency requirements at an extremely competitive price. The FPGA platform is far better suited for packet processing than CPUs, and it offloads the compute-intensive data plane and avoids burning CPU cores, which leads to costs savings and far better scalability.
The 5G UPF solution enables an easily programmable future-ready data path that can quickly adapt to a service provider’s unique requirements and evolve with the ever-changing architectural requirements of the mobile market.
The ENET data path also supports network slicing with extensive multi-tenant control and with service partitioning and isolation features.
- Meets 5G latency requirements
- Save on CPU cores to lower server costs
- Hardware acceleration reduces TTM
- Optimization to the customer’s unique UPF ecosystem
- Programmable (FPGA) data plane
- Up to 200 Gbps UPF forwarding
- Containerized, cloud-native
- Open-source ecosystem
- IP routing and forwarding
- GTP/GTPU tunneling
- QoS and policing
- Packet inspection
- Billing, monitoring, and filtering
- Flow classification
- DPI offload