Netronome has announced that its Agilio CX SmartNIC, which offloads and accelerates network functions on x86 servers, now supports OpenContrail and Mirantis OpenStack.
The company has also announced integrations with Nuage Networks’ VSP, a demonstration with Barefoot Networks, and new deployment options.
As more network functions get virtualized, server CPU cores have to be dedicated to those functions rather than application processing. By using dedicated NICs for network functions such as overlays, security, and telemetry, organizations can preserve server CPUs and accelerate performance.
Netronome is now supporting OpenContrail’s vRouter, a software-base distributed router that runs in a hypervisor and serves as a forwarding plane. OpenContrail is an open source project, originally developed by Juniper Networks, to provide the overlay network for enterprise private clouds and NFV for service providers.
Netronome claims that by offloading vRouter to its NIC, it can enable throughput of more than 20 million packets per second, while using just one CPU core for management.
Netronome also announced support for Mirantis OpenStack 8.0 (the Liberty release). In addition, the company is demonstrating integrations with Nuage Networks’ Virtualized Service Platform (VSP) to accelerate server performance by offloading VXLAN encapsulation/de-encapsulation and other functions.
Netronome is also partnering with Barefoot Networks, maker of the programmable Tofino switch ASIC, to demonstrate how Tofino and the SmartNIC can be used for in-band network telemetry functions. The demonstration, which is taking place at Mobile World Congress, aims to show how the open-source P4 programming language and the SmartNICs can be used to gather and process switch telemetry to identify degradation and trigger actions such as spinning up additional virtual network functions.
Last but not least, Netronome has also announced a new deployment option called CoreNIC. In a traditional deployment, customers buy the SmartNIC platform with specific software already loaded, such as the newly announced vRouter support, or the company’s existing OVS or firewall offload and acceleration software.
With CoreNIC, customers can install the NICs and then license the acceleration features they want to run, as and when they need them. The goal is to provide more operational flexibility for customers. The Agilio CX NICs support 10, 25, and 40Gbps throughput.