the 200G challenge
With the increasing number of telecom carriers migrating to 100G solutions, there is a growing need to enhance network performance. But managing 200G of data brings a number of challenges. The common approach typically requires a wider system of 10G lines – which escalates both complexity and cost.
In addressing this challenge, Fujitsu has developed the Proactnes II QM Solution. By adapting two 100G Napatech FPGA SmartNICs, this solution can directly analyze 2 x 100G lines with just a single server.
Increased analytical efficiency and reduced costs achieved through:
- 100% packet capture
- Optimized performance
- Intelligent CPU distribution
- 100G compatibility
The 200G challenge
With the increasing number of telecom carriers migrating to 100G solutions and the persistent emergence of smartphones and cloud services, there is a growing need to enhance network performance. But monitoring and analyzing 200G of communication brings certain challenges. A common approach is to combine 100G upstream and downstream links via devices such as smart taps, but this typically requires a comprehensive system of numerous 10G lines connected to a range of appliances. This escalates both complexity and cost.
The Proactnes II QM Solution
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. In addressing the 200G challenge, Fujitsu has developed the Proactnes II QM 200G network quality monitoring & analysis solution.
By adapting Napatech’s FPGA-driven 100G FPGA SmartNICs, this solution can directly analyze 2 x 100G lines with just a single server. By connecting two FPGA SmartNICs, upstream and downstream data can be intelligently merged, and specific information can be directed to the right CPU core. This greatly lowers the processing load on the CPUs and unburdens the application to efficiently analyze the target data.
As the solution is able to analyze network and application quality in real time while monitoring communication packets at 200G, it can instantly detect any deterioration of network quality and accurately identify a problem area. By analyzing the communication behavior without dropping a single packet, it is possible to determine whether a degradation in service quality, such as a response delay, is caused by the network or an issue in the application.
Powered by Napatech’s FPGA SmartNICs, the Proactnes II QM Solution is optimized to capture network traffic at full line-rate, ensuring that the data provided for analyzing the network quality will be completely accurate.
Optimized memory performance
With Napatech FPGA SmartNICs, the Proactnes II QM Solution not only captures data at high speeds, it also delivers data efficiently to the application by ensuring that the relevant data is batched and sent directly to the cache memory of the server CPUs. This ensures that the data is available in the fastest memory. And since all the data in the cache is relevant, it allows the CPU to pre-fetch data to further expedite processing.
Intelligent multi-CPU distribution
The Proactnes II QM Solution uses all the processing resources available in the server, creating a need for smarter workload balance amongst the available CPU cores. Napatech FPGA SmartNICs can identify and filter the data before directing it to the relevant CPU cores. Efficient data distribution is enabled up to 128 cores, allowing massive parallel processing of large amounts of data.
By enabling parallel processing with reduced CPU load, the Napatech FPGA SmartNICs facilitate analytical processing performance of 2 x 100G lines without changing the software architecture.