NFV Meets FPGA
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has emerged as a means of providing the necessary resource flexibility to ensure high utilization, high level of programmability to cover diverse workloads and is built on common off-the-shelf (COTS) infrastructure to provide cost effective deployment. As a step further to increasing the capabilities and cost-effective scaling of these virtualized systems, FPGAs can be utilized as an additional programmable COTS element to provide energy and cost-saving acceleration.
Benefits of FPGA-Based NFV for Carrier Cloud Architectures
Intel® FPGAs can be programmed to deliver a wide range of high-bandwidth and low-latency functions that augment the capabilities of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) running on a carrier cloud. As demands shift and change over time, Intel FPGAs can be reprogrammed to optimally address the new requirements. Intel FPGAs have been used for many decades to accelerate a wide range of networking, compute and storage workloads making them a versatile common new programmable component for carrier clouds.
Accelerating the NFV Ecosystem
To address the growing need for greater scalability, flexibility, and performance, Intel is working with its partners to integrate solutions that include acceleration on Intel FPGAs. Some of the most demanding workloads in the network occur at the edge where traffic rates are high, performance demands are critical, and there is extreme cost pressure. Security is another workload that require continuous changes to adjust to the rapidly evolving standards and protocols. Intel FPGAs allow networks to change without sacrificing performance, scalability, and security in the process.
Intel is working with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), VNF vendors, and Telcos to bring scalable and high-performance solutions to market.
Read the joint Hewlett Packard Enterprise* (HPE) and Intel white paper: Finding an Efficient Virtual Network Architecture for Next-Generation Telecommunications Infrastructure
Please contact your local sales representative to get started today with proof of concepts (PoCs) and for imminent field trials of NFV deployments.