Napatech NFV NIC
Built to support 1G to 100G data rates
Consolidate your network functions virtualization (NFV) performance with high-end technology designed specifically for NFV. The Napatech NFV NIC is a common hardware platform that supports multiple acceleration solutions for virtualized environments. The NFV NIC is production-ready and can be reconfigured on-the-fly to support specific acceleration functionality.
The NT200B01 2-PORT 100G PCIe NFV NIC is a versatile and flexible platform that can be used in multiple network locations. The programmability and re-configurability of FPGAs can be exploited to extend the lifetime of the NFV NIC and server hardware by allowing capacity, features and capabilities to be extended in line with data growth and new industry standards and demands.
Specific acceleration solutions are delivered as FPGA images that can be downloaded to the NFV NIC to support the given application.
Support multiple solutions on same hardware
Support multiple data rates at multiple network locations
Extend hardware lifetime and improve TCO
Enable centralized automation and management
With a common hardware infrastructure that can support multiple virtual services, applications and functions, centralized automation and management is easier. It reduces the number of exceptions and dependencies that need to be taken into consideration. The remote programmability and re-configurability of FPGAs also enables centralized management and orchestration of supported functionality in the common hardware in support of different service chains.
NT200B01 2-PORT 100G NFV NIC
The 2-PORT 100G NFV NIC solution application
Napatech acceleration solutions are designed specifically for virtual environments.
Virtual Switching Acceleration Solution
To allow optimal flexibility, virtual switching in NFV environments is preferably performed in software. However, achieving acceptable performance with virtual switching solutions is a challenge. Alternative solutions improve performance by bypassing the virtual switch or fully off-loading the virtual switch to a hardware accelerated NIC. But this approach can compromise the virtual function mobility and flexibility, which ultimately affects the ability to optimize resources and thereby reduces the intended cost-efficiency.
Using only a single CPU core, the Napatech Virtual Switching Acceleration Solution enables full throughput data delivery with zero packet loss at high-speed – without the need to bypass or fully offload the virtual switch to the NIC.
To find out more see: Napatech OVS Acceleration Solution
Hardware Acceleration Solutions
Data processing, like encryption and compression, can be extremely intensive when performed in software and require a tremendous amount of CPU cores. By offloading these functions to accelerated NIC hardware it is possible to significantly increase performance and free CPU cores to support more virtual functions on the same server.
Napatech Hardware Acceleration Solutions utilize the programmability of the NFV NIC to allow dedicated encryption and compression solutions to be implemented in a co-processor model to several virtual functions. In this manner, the NFV NIC can be configured to a data input/output solution, a compression acceleration solution or an encryption acceleration solution depending on service needs or the data center architecture.
Tests have shown that hardware acceleration performance can be improved up to 40 times compared to execution in software resulting in significant cost-savings and greater efficiency.
Ultimate tech specs.
|TECH SPECS||NT200B01 NFV NIC|
|Network Interfaces||• Standard: IEEE 802.3 100 Gbps Ethernet support|
• Physical interface: 2 × QSFP28 ports
|Supported QSFP28 Modules||• 100GBASE-SR4 and 100GBASE-LR4|
|Performance||• Data rate: 2 × 100 Gbps|
• Typical CPU load: < 5%
|Processing||• Full line-rate processing for all frames from 64 bytes to 10,000 bytes – keep or discard erroneous frames|
|Hardware Time Stamp||• Resolution: 4 ns|
|Time Formats||• PCAP-ns/-µs and UNIX 10 ns|
|Pluggable Options for Time Synchronization||• IEEE 1588-2008 PTP|
• PPS time synchronization
|Host Interface and Memory||• Bus type: 16-lane 8 GT/s PCIe Gen3*|
• Onboard RAM: 5 GB DDR4
• Flash: Supports 2 boot images
• Built-in thermal protection
|Environment for NT200B01||• Operating temperature: 0 °C to 45 °C (32 °F to 113 °F)|
• Operating humidity: 20% to 80%
|OS Support||• Linux|
|Software||• Easy-to-integrate NT-API|
• libpcap support
• SDK tools included in source code for debugging and prototyping and as application examples
|Physical Dimensions||• ½-length and low-profile PCIe|
|Regulatory Approvals and Compliances||• Please contact Napatech for more information|
* To enable the throughput of 16-lane PCIe Gen3, the COTS server must support PCIe bifurcation.
Resources and downloads
Download NT200B01 Data sheet