Netronome Introduces the World’s Smallest, Lowest Power 25/50GbE SmartNICs based on the OCP v2.0 Mezzanine Specification

March 20, 2018

Agilio® 25/50GbE SmartNICs for OCP Servers Deliver Linux Kernel-Compliant Datapath Offloads and Unprecedented Efficiency for High-Volume Compute and Storage Applications 

Contributes to OCP v3.0 Mezzanine Specification Utilizing Lowest Power 100GbE SmartNIC Designs 

OCP SUMMIT 2018, SAN JOSE, CA, March 20, 2018 – Netronome, a leader in high-performance intelligent networking solutions, today unveiled its Agilio CX  25 and 50Gb/s SmartNICs that support the OCP v2.0 mezzanine specification. An industry first, the new Agilio SmartNICs are deployable in multiple OCP server and storage platforms, and pack 60 processing cores within stringent OCP v2.0 form factor and power profiles to deliver nine times higher kernel datapath processing capabilities per server to enhance security and data access efficiencies. The new SmartNICs for OCP servers completely eliminate packet drops and dramatically reduces tail latency to improve user experience in web 2.0 applications.

In a recent IHS Markit report*, OCP-based server shipments are expected to grow and reach 18 percent of the worldwide server market in CY22. According to multiple industry reports, mobile data traffic is forecasted to grow by 10X between now and 2021, driven primarily by video, gaming, data, and IoT applications. These diverse and emerging applications will result in exponential growth in data center security and storage requirements. 

For the first time in the industry, the Agilio CX 25/50GbE SmartNICs utilize open sourced, Linux-based, upstreamed drivers and compilers to enable seamless offload of Enhanced Berkeley Packet Filter/Express Data Processing (eBPF/XDP) applications. The eBPF/XDP developer community is one of the most active in the Linux ecosystem and these applications are used in hyperscale and cloud data centers for filtering, security and load balancing needed in modern data center applications. 

Currently in development, the OCP v3.0 mezzanine specification is incorporating SmartNIC design requirements for scaling to 100 and 200Gb/s of performance.  Netronome is able to leverage its existing SoC silicon portfolio, which scales to 200Gb/s, to triangulate network processing, memory access and form factor (size, power) requirements and contribute effectively to the specification for the most optimum design.

“OCP designs are known to deliver size and cost-effective scale and performance.  SoC silicon used in SmartNICs has typically involved much larger size, cost and power profiles while delivering lower performance,” said Sujal Das, chief marketing and strategy officer at Netronome. “Netronome unique SoC technology with open-source programming available in Agilio CX 25/50GbE SmartNICs enables the industry to realize the confluence of the value of OCP designs with the much sought-after capabilities of SmartNICs.”

The Agilio CX SmartNIC platform fully and transparently offloads virtual switch, router, P4 and eBPF-based datapath processing for networking functions such as overlays, security, load balancing and telemetry, enabling cloud and SDN-enabled compute and storage servers to free up critical server CPU cores for application processing while delivering significantly higher performance. 

Agilio CX 25GbE SmartNICs for OCP are sampling today, and Agilio CX 50GbE SmartNICs for OCP will sample in Q3 2018.

Netronome to Present at OCP Summit 2018

Join Netronome at the OCP Summit in San Jose, California. Nic Viljoen, associate director, software engineering at Netronome, will be presenting “Using SmartNICs to Improve Multi-Host Server Latency” on March 21 at 11:30 a.m. (Room 210E). Netronome will demonstrate the Agilio CX SmartNIC at Booth C1 (Barefoot Networks) during exhibition hours.

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About Netronome

Netronome enables customers to increase the efficiency of their modern data center infrastructure, reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) and driving significantly higher revenue per server. Server-based networking has enabled rapid innovation and transformed the economics for data center compute and networking. However, such deployments are facing significant scaling and efficiency challenges with the rapid adoption of 10GbE and higher bandwidth network infrastructure. Netronome brings back much-needed scale and efficiency, without compromising flexibility or the speed of innovation needed in today’s cloud networks running businesses of all sizes. Netronome is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. To learn more about Netronome and its products, please visit

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*Information based on IHS Markit, Technology Group, March 2018 DC Server Equipment Quarterly Market Tracker. Information is not an endorsement of Netronome. Any reliance on these results is at the third party's own risk. Visit  for more details.

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