for Virtualization Solutions
Built to support 1G to 100G data rates
Consolidate your network functions virtualization (NFV) performance with high-quality, production-ready hardware designed specifically for NFV. The Napatech SmartNIC for Virtualization Solutions is a common hardware platform that supports multiple acceleration solutions for virtualized environments. The SmartNIC for Virtualization Solutions is production-ready and can be reconfigured on-the-fly to support specific acceleration functionality.
The NT200B01 2-PORT 100G PCIe SmartNIC for Virtualization Solutions 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 SmartNIC for Virtualization Solutions 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 SmartNIC for Virtualization Solutions 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 SmartNIC for Virtualization Solutions
The 2-PORT 100G SmartNIC for Virtualization Solutions application
Napatech acceleration solutions are designed specifically for virtual environments.
Virtual Switch 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.
Napatech provides a range of virtual switch acceleration solutions all designed to provide higher performance using fewer CPU cores. This ensures that expensive server resources are used for revenue generating virtual functions rather than data delivery.
To find out more see: Napatech SmartNIC Solutions Virtual Switch Acceleration.
Hardware Offload 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 Offload Solutions utilize the programmability of the Napatech SmartNIC solution to allow dedicated encryption and compression solutions to be implemented in a co-processor model to several virtual functions. In this manner, the Napatech SmartNIC solution 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 offload performance can be improved up to 40 times compared to execution in software resulting in significant cost-savings and greater efficiency.
To find out more see: Napatech Hardware Offload Solution.
VM-to-VM Monitoring Solution
Based on the Napatech Virtual Switch Acceleration Solution, the VM-to-VM Monitoring solution provides insight into both North-South and East-West data traffic in the server without consuming CPU cores.
Since the Napatech Virtual Switch Acceleration Solution sees all data, it is possible to replicate traffic in hardware and send the OVS mirror traffic to either a virtual appliance or an external analytics solution.
In contrast to alternative solutions based on virtual taps and OVS mirroring in software, no CPU cores or memory are consumed making the VM-to-VM Monitoring Solution a highly effective way of monitoring virtual traffic.
To find out more see: Napatech VM-to-VM Monitoring Solution.
Ultimate tech specs.
|TECH SPECS||NT200B01 Napatech SmartNIC Virtualization|
|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: 1 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