Service providers and enterprises are investing heavily in large and hyper-scale data centers to deliver content, data processing, and communication services. The applications delivering these services must have access to high-speed storage and networking, be secure and run in virtualized and bare metal environments.
However, infrastructure services such as virtual switching, security, and storage can consume a significant number of CPU cycles, especially at higher performance thresholds, reducing the number of cores available for revenue-earning services. Smart network interface cards (SmartNICs) can accelerate these infrastructure services, freeing up cores to increase network and application performance.1 2
Intel’s End-to-End SmartNIC Portfolio
SmartNICs for Enterprise and Cloud
Data Center Acceleration with Intel® FPGAs
SmartNICs with Intel® FPGAs for cloud service providers help make the most of network capabilities and help improve revenue from infrastructure investments.
SmartNICs for Network
FPGA Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN)
Unlock new use cases and increase network efficiency with Intel’s broad portfolio of network accelerators, combined with Altiostar’s 5G-ready open virtualized radio access network (Open vRAN) software solution.
Frequently Asked Questions
A SmartNIC is a Network Interface Controller that accelerates networking functions and is adaptable to existing and emerging use cases including security, virtualization, storage, load balancing and data path optimization. SmartNICs extend Foundational NICs and provide more advanced functionality by including a programmable engine such as CPU and/or FPGA to accelerate tasks that the server CPU would normally handle.
SmartNICs from Intel leverage existing Intel Ethernet networking capabilities where acceleration is achieved by processing tasks, which the system CPU would normally handle, through a tightly-coupled compute engine such as a CPU and/or FPGA. Adaptability is achieved by standard and easy-to-use programmability of hardware functions and is significantly software defined.
An Intel reference architecture that provides service providers and solution providers an efficient and cost-effective design to build production deployable SmartNIC for the cloud data centers.
Intel’s broad portfolio of technologies including processors, Ethernet adapters and FPGAs provide cloud and communication service providers the right solution needed for their deployments.
Our new Intel® Smart Network Adapters (Intel® SNA) enabled by Intel® FPGAs, Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, and Intel® Ethernet Network Adapters allow for both software and additional hardware re-programmability of the data path providing a direct ingest path of network data to be processed immediately without using resources on the server host processor. These Intel’s SmartNIC provide fast time to market solutions while being flexible and future proof so that your infrastructure and solutions can be adapted over time.
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