Ethernity provides NFVI acceleration by offloading data plane onto its ACE-NICs, integrated into NFVI architecture via DPDK, improving performance and TCO, especially at the network edge.
The Market Need
NFVI is a part of responsible for communicating between the network functions, storage, compute nodes, and management of a network. The ideal NFVI should be flexible, programmable, and easily automated, consisting of COTS compute and memory resources and a virtualization layer, providing no vendor lock-in and network disaggregation. However, a performance gap undermines network commoditization and virtualization, as the virtualization layer in the NFVI adds processing overhead that general-purpose server CPUs are not optimized to handle.
NFVI acceleration technologies for compute-intensive workloads are required to enhance CPU performance and improve operators’ TCO.
As virtualization and computation move from the central cloud toward the network edge, the NFVI platforms require additional optimization to meet power, space and cooling constraints , especially for 5G use cases. Edge application requirements are more dynamic and require fast and full programmability supported only through FPGA-based SmartNICs.
Such NFVI components, as OVS, VPP, Tungsten Fabric, and others, can be offloaded to FPGA using the DPDK acceleration framework.
Ethernity’s ACE-NICs are easily integrated into NFVI architecture via standard DPDK APIs, and offer NFVI acceleration through offloading data plane for advanced networking functions, including switching, routing, VxLAN processing; H-QoS; MPLS protocols and more. ACE-NIC SmartNICs provide high speed packet processing, overlay tunnel termination, and data plane offload from CPU cores, all with significantly reduced CPU overhead and power.
- Highly adaptable to customer NFVI requirements through the use of standard DPDK APIs
- Deterministic and low latency performance, ASIC-like
- Fully programmable data path
- No vendor lock-in (DPDK API, any server, Any NFVI – Tungsten Fabric, VPP, Open vSwitch)
- Scalable with millions of entries for VxLAN, MPLS, and Layer 3 forwarding
- Extended H-QoS to support SLA with very high precision