Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs) from Intel
Programmable network devices that intelligently manage system-level resources by securely accelerating networking and storage infrastructure functions in a data center.
Service providers and enterprises are investing heavily in hyper-scale data centers to deliver efficient compute for cloud native applications and micro-services. The applications delivering these services must have access to high-speed, low latency storage and a secure networking infrastructure.
However, infrastructure services such as virtual switching, security, and storage can consume a significant number of CPU cycles. Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs) accelerate network infrastructure, freeing up CPU cores for improved application performance. IPUs enable cloud service providers to customize infrastructure function deployments at the speed of software, while improving data center utilization by allowing for flexible workload placement.1 2
Introducing Intel’s IPU Portfolio
Accelerate key workloads, improve performance and agility, and enable new SmartNIC use cases from the data center to the edge with Intel’s IPUs.
Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs) from Intel and Intel Partners
Inventec FPGA IPU C5020X Adapter
An FPGA-based IPU with an Intel® Xeon® D SoC for hardware programmable data path and improved core utilization – based upon the Intel® FPGA IPU C5000X-PL Platform for Cloud.
IPUs for Enterprise and Cloud
Data Center Acceleration with Intel® FPGAs
IPUs with Intel® FPGAs for cloud service providers help make the most of network capabilities and help improve revenue from infrastructure investments.
IPUs for Network
FPGA Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN)
Unlock new use cases and increase network efficiency with Intel’s broad portfolio of network accelerators, combined with Altiostar’s 5G-ready open virtualized radio access network (Open vRAN) software solution.
Real-World IPU Benefits
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Frequently Asked Questions
A SmartNIC is a Network Interface Controller that accelerates networking functions and is adaptable to existing and emerging use cases including security, virtualization, storage, load balancing and data path optimization. SmartNICs extend Foundational NICs and provide more advanced functionality by including a programmable engine such as CPU and/or FPGA to accelerate tasks that the server CPU would normally handle.
An IPU (infrastructure processing unit) is a networking device that securely accelerates and manages infrastructure workloads in a data center with programmable hardware.
An IPU accelerates host infrastructure functions and is adaptable to existing and emerging infrastructure use cases including security, virtualization, storage, load balancing, and data path optimization of virtual network functions and microservices. IPUs augment the rich Ethernet networking capabilities in Foundational NICs, with acceleration that is achieved by processing tasks through a combination of highly optimized hardware accelerators, and a tightly coupled compute engine. Adaptability is achieved through a standard and easy-to-use programming framework that incorporates both hardware and software functionality.
An Intel reference architecture that provides service providers and solution providers an efficient and cost-effective design to build production deployable IPU for the cloud data centers.
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