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Network processor card boosts performance of IA/x86-based apps

Posted: 11 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Netronome Systems? virtual machines? processors? processor card? network card?

Netronome's NFE-i8000 network co-processor card

Netronome Systems Inc., a provider of deep packet inspection, content flow and virtual machine technologies, announces the availability of the company's first network co-processor card. With pricing starting at around $6,000, this product is designed to boost performance in IA/x86-based network and security applications.

The NFE-i8000 Netronome Flow Engine card can be used to increase performance of existing applications, or as a development environment enabling engineers to develop networking and security applications. Netronome said the card can speed time-to-market by reducing development time for new or upgraded applications.

Leveraging PCIe
Leveraging the Netronome-developed PCI Express interface and so-called zero copy drivers, along with an Intel IXP2855 network processor and Intel IXCP210 cryptographic accelerator, the NFE-i8000 card acts as a tightly integrated network co-processor for IA/x86 servers, supporting up to 4-Gbit/s throughput along with encryption.

Additional features include PCI Express with four active lanes, a Netronome-developed custom PCI Express interface that ensures low-latency transfers between IXP and IA (it confers significantly higher speeds while dramatically reducing CPU overhead), and support for multi-processor motherboards and multi-core processors. The card also includes a 4x 1Gbit small form-factor pluggable transceiver port for connectivity.

Cryptography acceleration
The NFE-i8000's hardware cryptography acceleration includes an integrated symmetric crypto unit, integrated asymmetric public key co-processor, and true random number generator. A mezzanine expansion connector provides support for future co-processors, such as pattern matching types.

- Alex Mendelsohn

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