Agilio CX Intelligent Server Adapters

Netronome® Agilio® CX 10GbE, 25GbE and 40GbE standard low-profile PCIe intelligent server adapters are designed for general-purpose x86 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) rack servers, fitting needed power and form factor requirements. The solutions come with fully qualified Agilio Software compliant with popular operating systems, enabling easy qualification and quick deployment by OEMs and end users. The following intelligent server adapter configurations are supported:

Features

Datapath Offload
VXLAN, NVGRE, MPLS, tunnel encapsulation and de-encapsulation
Flexible packet parsing
Flexible exact match-action policy offloads
Flexible wild card match policy offloads
Up to 2M flows with on-board memory
Up to 500K tunnels
Stateless and stateful load balancing
Per-flow metering and QoS
Programmable support for custom tunnel types
Includes checksum and RSS for tunnels
Flow tracking in hardware for cut-through acceleration
Per-flow metering and QoS
Acceleration of Compute-intensive Functions
Bulk cryptography for AES-GCM-128 cypher suites and key sizes
Sophisticated hashing and atomic operations
Per-flow real-time statistics
Network Acceleration and Offload
TCP/UDP/IP stateless offload
Intelligent interrupt coalescence
Single-Root IOV (SR-IOV)
DPDK, zero-copy, kernel bypass
Hierarchical three-level traffic management
VMQ support
Enhanced QoS for virtual functions
DPDK, zero-copy, kernel bypass, packet direct
Hierarchical three-level traffic management
Operating Systems
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Ubuntu
Hypervisors: Linux KVM

Benchmarks

Netronome Agilio CX intelligent server adapters with Agilio Software have been benchmarked with modern data center applications such as Open vSwitch (OVS)-based virtual networking and forwarding, virtual evolved packet core and data center zero-trust stateful security. For example, with OVS applications, Agilio CX intelligent server adapters reclaim over 80% of the server CPU resources previously dedicated to OVS, while at the same time delivering 5X or more of the packet data throughput to more applications.
Learn more:
Open vSwitch (OVS)
OVS Benchmarking White Paper
Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC)
Virtual EPC White Paper

Applications

Agilio CX solutions are suitable for data center server applications such as:
Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) or Platform as a Service (PAAS): Deployments with SDN-based virtual network overlay control and vSwitch offload for improved CPU efficiency and application performance
NFV Deployments: Using COTS servers and Open vSwitch-based virtualized infrastructure, e.g., vEPC, vBS, C-RAN
Data Center Zero-Trust Stateful Security: Deployments with SDN-based agile security and data protection policies that follow applications in VMs
Network Telemetry and Analytics: Identify application performance bottlenecks and boost compute and storage server utilization