Napatech, Intel Partner Up for FPGA
December 17, 2018
FPGA SmartNIC software is now available for the Intel Programmable
Acceleration Card with Intel Arria® 10 GX FPGA (PAC). The solution
allows IT organizations of every size to deploy networking and
cybersecurity applications on standard servers for unparalleled
performance at a fraction of the cost of custom hardware alternatives.
"We expect increased adoption of programmable Ethernet adapters that
include on-board field customizable silicon such as FPGAs as custom
network function appliances are virtualized on standard servers," said
Vladimir Galabov, senior analyst for cloud and data center at IHS Markit.
"Our annual end-user surveys consistently show that enterprises and
service providers opt for FPGA-based programmable NICs to offload
processor-intensive networking and cybersecurity applications like
encryption and firewalls. Software that makes it easy to program FPGAs
meets an important market requirement."
Napatech's Link™ Capture Software takes advantage of the Intel PAC's
powerful Arria 10 GX FPGA to deliver line-rate packet capture and
flow-aware forwarding for all packet sizes up to 40 Gbps. The solution
offloads the most burdensome network and security processing workloads
from the server's Intel® Xeon® CPU cores, returning valuable compute
resources to the applications and services they were intended for.
solution has been benchmarked across a wide range of third-party,
commercial and open-source, Linux-based networking and cybersecurity
applications, delivering more than triple the performance over servers
with standard NIC configurations. Complete solution configurations,
installation guides and performance results are available today for
Suricata, Snort, TRex, Wireshark, Bro and ntop. The solution is also
extensible to home-grown IT applications.
"Napatech's FPGA-based SmartNIC solutions provide a much-needed boost
for the networking and security applications found in enterprises
today," said Luca Deri, ntop founder. "With the Intel PAC now available
from leading server manufacturers, FPGA-based acceleration has become
pervasive and mainstream."
"At Napatech, we aim to bring the benefits of FPGA acceleration to IT
organizations of every size. In order to do so, we must be
application-driven, software-focused and hardware-independent," said Ray
Smets, CEO at Napatech. "Our Link Capture Software for the Intel PAC
provides an even easier way for enterprises and service providers to
accelerate applications, improve their cybersecurity and increase server
utilization as cloud, hybrid and software-defined networks become more