Description: The looming presence of SmartNICs in the data centre is highlighted by AMD’s $35bn-all-stock acquisition of Xilinx, announced this week. AMD is a resurgent player in the data centre, but it lacks SmartNIC capability, unlike Intel and Nvidia. Xilinx makes Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and has an Alveo data centre accelerator card and Smart NIC product line. Customers include Cisco, Samsung and SK Telecom, and two startups, Eideticom and ScaleFlux, use Xilinx FPGAs in their computational storage products.

Description: Intelligent server adapters, or SmartNICs, boost server performance in cloud and private data centers by offloading network processing workloads and tasks from server CPUs. Offloading network processing to a SmartNIC is not a new concept — for example, there are NICs that offload some network-processing functions such as checksum computation and segmentation. However, the rapid explosion in data-center network traffic driven by software-defined networking (SDN), Open vSwitch (OVS), and network functions virtualization (NFV) demands a new class of NIC with even greater offload capabilities: the SmartNIC.

Description: A SmartNIC is a Network Interface Card that includes general-purpose CPUs. The CPUs are used to offload processing that is done by server CPUs. Arm CPUs are being selected for SmartNIC SoCs because of their efficiency, performance, and the well supported software ecosystem.

Description: Canonical has been working closely with NVIDIA for many years to fuel innovation and support open source software with the power of accelerated processing. That already allowed us to jointly deliver GPU acceleration into Linux, OpenStack, and container workloads on traditional data centre servers. In the SmartNIC space, we’ve also been working together with NVIDIA on hot topics like enabling Ubuntu on their BlueField DPUs and their onboarding, and OVS/OVN offload.

Description: Chelsio Communications, Inc., a leading provider of high performance (1/2.5/10/25/40/50/100/200/400Gb) Ethernet Unified Wire Adapters and ASICs for storage networking, virtualized enterprise datacenters, cloud service installations, and cluster computing environments, today introduced its new 7th generation Unified Wire DPU product family architected to support and accelerate a wide range of networking, storage and security workloads supported by modern enterprise and cloud datacenter applications.

Description: Ethernity’s ACE-NIC SmartNICs are a family of FPGA SmartNICs that offer programmable hardware with various bandwidth and port configurations. ACE-NICs provide acceleration for essential network virtualization functions, improved performance, monitoring, load balancing, fault management, and security, all at a fraction of the CPU overhead. Router-on-NIC Layer 3 switch-routing functionality differentiates the ACE-NIC family from other SmartNICs, which only offload Layer 2 network functions

Description: Come visit us at the First Annual SmartNICs Summit. It is the show network designers can’t miss if they want to stay competitive in the networking world. They’ll get the scoop on ways to make their networks run faster, scale better, use less power, and be more flexible. Ralph Grundler is presenting "eFPGAs Bring the Advantages of Programmable Logic to SmartNICs" Wednesday B-101

Description: Fungible’s decision to develop in-house IP came from the clear and up-front realization that simply integrating an assemblage of off-theshelf components into an SoC would fail to achieve our desired goals. SmartNICs are the most visible examples of this approach and none of them can compare with the capabilities of the Fungible DPU either in flexibility or in performance. It was only by applying the same fundamental principles to the design of every component, both hardware and software, that we could build a uniform, cohesive solution to hit our performance and flexibility targets. Such a grounds up approach, which takes time and effort, is not for the faint of heart - but it has been fundamental to the differentiation provided by the Fungible DPU.

Description: Traditional RAID cards use an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and can handle SAS and SATA disk drives pumping out 200 IOPS and around 150MB/sec of throughput, according to GRAID documentation. They also live in the data path. But an NVMe SSD can produce a million IOPS and up to 7GB/sec of throughput which more than saturates a disk drive-era RAID card.

Description: The first hardware programmable 4x100GE FPGA-accelerated SmartNIC that enables next generation IA-based servers to meet the performance needs of Next Generation Firewalls. The solution is flexible enough to enable communications service providers (CoSPs) to support Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), vFirewall, and Segment Routing Version (SRv6) workload capability in an IA server with a reprogrammable FPGA-based SmartNIC.

Description: Those familiar with the SmartNIC industry may note that this is a resurgence of SmartNICs after they failed to pick up last time around. This time though, they have a strong catalyst in the cloud, hyperconverged data centers, big data, and more. But what is the best use of SmartNIC technology in your network? Is your implementation as high-performing as it should be? How will its use impact other applications? Are you opening a security loophole that exposes new vulnerabilities? Testing with real-world application traffic and malicious threat vectors will provide the answers to these questions and many more. Testing is imperative to ensure SmartNICs live up to expectations this second time around. This document looks at a few areas where testing is critical to successful deployment.

Description: The Napatech NT200A02 SmartNIC is based on Xilinx’s powerful UltraScale+ VU5P FPGA architecture and enables 2x1/10G, 8x10G, 2x10/25G, 4x10/25G, 2x40G, 2x100G applications. The QSFP28 form factor offers flexibility to create high-performance solutions in 1U server platforms for existing 40G network infrastructures, with the freedom to repurpose the solution for 100G installations when necessary. Also available in NEBS variants.

Description: AgilioŽ CX 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE and 50GbE standard low-profile PCIe SmartNICs are designed for general-purpose x86 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) rack and OCP-based servers, fitting needed power and form factor requirements. The solutions come with fully qualified Agilio Software compliant with popular operating systems, enabling easy qualification and quick deployment by OEMs and end users.

Description: X-ScaleSolutions will be participating in this year’s inaugural SmartNICs Summit taking place April 26 – 28, 2022 in San Jose, California. This event is dedicated to SmartNIC’s market and allows network designers the opportunity to explore how the technology can make their networks more efficient.