Ever Deeper with BPF – An Update on Hardware Offload Support

By Quentin Monnet | Nov 07, 2018

Netronome’s Agilio CX and FX SmartNICs are capable of running BPF programs, directly offloaded from the Linux kernel. This feature has been supported for a couple of years now. Several presentations of BPF hardware offload have been made by the BPF engineering team in conferences such as Netdev 1.2, Netdev 2.2 or even FOSDEM 2018, or in webinars such as our recent webinars on BPF just-in-time (JIT) compiler, offload internals, and tooling.


It’s Time for Disaggregated Silicon!

By Sujal Das | Oct 31, 2018

We have seen the value of disaggregation in many areas. Most recently, in the world of networking driven by the OCP community. It has enabled significant choice in how operators procure networking equipment and eliminated vertical, inflexible solutions and vendor lock-in. Is it now time for disaggregation at the silicon level?


SmartNIC: An Orange Plus a Pear Does not Make an Apple

By Sujal Das | Oct 19, 2018

There is a significant shift in the world of server networking implemented using network interface cards (NICs). Moore’s Law is stalling or dying, and general-purpose CPUs cannot keep up with tasks related to software-defined networking, security and storage – I will refer to this as SDX. So far the NIC and the x86 CPU have been the vehicles for implementing SDX, but now that solution is grossly inadequate – it kills server productivity by taking away CPU cores from revenue-generating applications and stymies application performance. A SmartNIC is needed to address the challenge posed by SDX. Can the traditional NIC chip be combined with another, cheaper general-purpose CPU such as an Arm core to create a SmartNIC?


Accelerators, Accelerators, Accelerators

By Ron Renwick | Oct 05, 2018

Who among us can’t forget Steve Ballmer’s animated performance at the Microsoft developers conference those years ago? As intense as he was, he was also right. Developers were key to Microsoft’s success. Fast forward to 2018 and a slightly different look at a Microsoft initiative. Well, Open19 is more about LinkedIn, but the ownership goes up to Microsoft.

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Host Data Plane Acceleration Tutorial @ ACM SIGCOMM

By Simon Horman | Sep 05, 2018

Netronome was privileged to present a half day tutorial on host data plane acceleration at ACM SIGCOMM in Budapest on August 20, 2018. The tutorial introduced attendees to models for host data plane acceleration and provided an in-depth understanding of SmartNIC deployment models at hyperscale cloud vendors and telecom service providers. An emphasis was given throughout the tutorial to open source resources available for research and product development.