8 Nov 2017 Irvine - Solarflare, a pioneer in the development of neural class networks, has demonstrated a software defined Ethernet NIC platform along with a suite of NIC fabric services which run on Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Arm-based servers.
Driven by the needs of global Cloud applications, the data centre industry is undergoing an epic migration to a scale-out architecture with computing distributed among dozens to thousands of cores. As a result, data centre operators need server processors with higher core densities and lower power to efficiently support these sprawling environments. Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies Inc., answers the call with Qualcomm Centriq 2400, an Arm-based processor with up to 48 cores, and the world's first 10-nanometer server processor.
"Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processors enable data centre operators to achieve new levels of efficiency with their computing infrastructure", stated Ram Peddibhotla, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies. "With software defined NIC fabric technology alongside power and cost-efficient Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processors, Solarflare adds enhanced Ethernet networking infrastructure with micro-segmented neural class connectivity for a true software defined data centre world."
A single data centre rack equipped with 38 servers, each with a Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Arm-based server processor, delivers 1,824 cores to achieve the neural-class core density and can easily require inter-connections for over 10,000 applications - the same number of connections maintained by a human neuron. That's where Solarflare comes in. Solarflare complements efficient Arm computing with innovative neural-class Ethernet networking designed specifically for scale-out Cloud environments.
The foundation is an ultra-high performance NIC capable of FPGA-like packet inspection in the compact size, power and cost foot print of a standard NIC, plus ultra-scale connectivity of 1,000s of vNICs needed by distributed applications. On that platform, Solarflare developed the first suite of telemetry, acceleration, and security NIC fabric services which scale-out with each new Arm-based bare metal server, VM and container. The high powered Solarflare NIC platform and shrink-wrapped fabric services combine to provide IT organisations with the unique ability to deploy micro segmented networking services across a Qualcomm Centriq 2400-based data centre using standard NICs.
According to Ahmet Houssein, Vice President of Marketing at Solarflare, "Our goal is to enable the new era of Arm-based computing to leap-frog other processor environments with intelligent server connectivity such as micro segmented telemetry, acceleration and security fabric services that scale-out with every server."
The NIC fabric hardware and software deployed by hyperscale Cloud service providers is proprietary. Solarflare has developed the industry's first commercially available NIC fabric for the masses. Solarflare XtremeScale for Qualcomm Centriq processors includes the: