Intel® FPGA Acceleration Boards and Platforms

The portfolio of Intel® FPGA acceleration boards and platforms includes SmartNICs and Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs). Designed for use in telecommunications, cloud service provider, and other types of enterprise data center environments, these acceleration boards and platform designs are continuously being qualified and sold by leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) server providers.

Intel® FPGA Acceleration Boards and Platforms

Platforms Description Target Applications

IPU Platforms and Adapters

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  • Advanced networking device with hardened accelerators and Ethernet connectivity
  • Accelerates and manages infrastructure functions using tightly coupled, dedicated, programmable cores.
  • Offers full infrastructure offload and provides an extra layer of security by serving as a control point of the host for running infrastructure applications.

Cloud infrastructure workloads such as:

  • Open vSwitch
  • NVMe over Fabrics
  • Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA over Converged Ethernet v2 (RoCEv2)

SmartNICs

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  • Programmable network adapter card with programmable accelerators and Ethernet connectivity
  • Accelerate infrastructure applications running on the host CPU.
  • Internet Protocol Security (IPSec)
  • vFirewall
  • Segment Routing Version (SRv6)
  • Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) 
  • Professional Media over Managed IP Networks
  • 4G/5G Virtualized Radio Access Networks (vRAN)

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

A SmartNIC is a programmable network adapter card with programmable accelerators and Ethernet connectivity that can accelerate infrastructure applications running on the host.

An IPU is an advanced networking device with hardened accelerators and Ethernet connectivity that accelerates and manages infrastructure functions using tightly coupled, dedicated, programmable cores. An IPU offers full infrastructure offload and provides an extra layer of security by serving as a control point of the host for running infrastructure applications.

An IPU is capable of offloading the entire infrastructure stack from the host and can control how the host attaches to this infrastructure. This gives the service provider an extra layer of security and control, enforced in hardware by the IPU. A SmartNIC has similar networking and offload capabilities as the IPU but remains under the control of the host as a peripheral.

An IPU is capable of offloading the entire infrastructure stack from the host and can control how the host attaches to this infrastructure. This gives the service provider an extra layer of security and control, enforced in hardware by the IPU. A SmartNIC has similar networking and offload capabilities as the IPU but remains under the control of the host as a peripheral.

An Intel reference architecture that provides service providers and solution providers an efficient and cost-effective design to build production deployable IPU for the cloud data centers.