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Open vSwitch for NFVi based on Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel FPGA PAC) N3000 achieves first-packet learning rate of 500K rules/sec, near-wireline performance

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As the numbers of subscribers, competitors, and technology advances grow, communications service providers (CoSPs) need to differentiate their products and services while keeping improved power efficiency and the need to control total cost of ownership (TCO) as ever-present goals. Intel and HCL have addressed these challenges with a joint solution that combines Intel® hardware and HCL software. HCL has created a solution using the Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel FPGA PAC) N3000 that can dramatically increase network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi) routing and switching performance while preserving flexibility.

The resulting solution, the Open vSwitch (OvS), is a production quality, multilayer virtual switch that can implement software-defined networking (SDN), which is crucial to creating a closed-loop, fully automated NFVi solution. The OvS can either forward packets through a kernel-based datapath or by using the Linux Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK).

Aggressive software optimization offloads NFVi forwarding tasks to the Intel FPGA PAC N3000, yielding the following preliminary results1:




For more details, see the new Solution Brief titled “Increase NFVi Performance and Flexibility.” (Click on the link to download the Solution Brief.)



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