Improve network application responsiveness with more efficient data movement and reduced system overhead. Today's multi-port Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network adapters deliver enormous data flows that require advanced server I/O subsystems to avoid performance bottlenecks.
Intel® I/O Acceleration Technology (Intel® I/OAT), a component of Intel® Virtualization Technology for Connectivity, improves data flow across the platform to enhance system performance.
I/O Acceleration for Consolidated Workloads
Server consolidation requires large numbers of virtual machines (VMs) per physical server. Intel I/OAT helps ensure that the resulting data traffic doesn't overwhelm server I/O.
Throughput: Improves CPU-network interface integration for better memory-copy performance
Scalability: Increases control over interrupt processing, including prioritization and resource allocation
Efficiency: Provides an alternative to interrupt and system-to-user memory copy operations for each packet
Together, these capabilities work in concert to address data-flow bottlenecks across the platform.
An Integrated Suite of Performance Features
Intel I/OAT is actually a set of technologies that each contributes to increased performance.
The features of Intel I/OAT enhance data acceleration across the computing platform.
Intel® QuickData Technology enables data copy by the chipset instead of the CPU, to move data more efficiently through the server and provide fast, scalable, and reliable throughput.
Direct Cache Access (DCA) allows a capable I/O device, such as a network controller, to place data directly into CPU cache, reducing cache misses and improving application response times.
Extended Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI-X) distributes I/O interrupts to multiple CPUs and cores, for higher efficiency, better CPU utilization, and higher application performance.
Receive Side Coalescing (RSC) aggregates packets from the same TCP/IP flow into one larger packet, reducing per-packet processing costs for faster TCP/IP processing.
Low latency interrupts tune interrupt interval times depending on the latency sensitivity of the data, using criteria such as port number or packet size, for higher processing efficiency.