Specialized computing tasks often demand network and I/O performance beyond those of typical data center applications. Workloads such as high-frequency trading require ultra-low levels of latency and jitter. high performance computing (HPC) requires high throughput and low latency.
Today’s network stacks based on Linux* and Microsoft Windows* are generally not well optimized to meet these requirements. Intel® Ethernet Controllers and network adapters have been well received in the financial services and high performance computing (HPC) communities for their exceptional reliability, performance, and I/O virtualization capabilities. This report shows how financial services and high performance computing (HPC) customers can benefit from the use of Intel® Ethernet Controllers and adapters in low-latency and high performance applications.
MCorelab has reported latency results using its MCoreRT* parallel processing software platform that are very close to the theoretical minimum latency of the Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 (Intel® Ethernet CNA X520). A team at Intel’s Jones Farm Performance Lab undertook testing to verify those claims using the standard methods and processes that Intel uses to quantify the performance of Intel® Ethernet products. MCoreRT* incorporates the following optimizations to support ultra-low latency computing on Intel® architecture-based hardware: