IDF14: Accelerating Network Platform Evolution with the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3


IDF opens its doors on Sep 9 and this year the theme is about Developers, Makers and Creators coming together in Intel’s “playground” for innovation. For many of us in the networking business it’s an opportunity to discover (new) ways of designing equipment that can handle 40G and 100G traffic, advancing our NFV strategies and checking the pulse of SDN, perhaps even all three.

For those making gear that’s not so wearable, hidden away inside the network infrastructure, this year’s event is still a must-attend in order to fully apprehend the significance of the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 announcement and the technologies related to it. Designers and system architects looking to deploy the new processor family coupled with the C610 chipset will see significant performance boosts due to more processor cores, increased memory bandwidth and newly integrated instructions. Add Intel® XL710 40GbE controllers and you get enhanced networking performance for both virtualized and non-virtualized applications as well as energy efficiency gains over 3 times the throughput per watt of previous generation products.

This IDF 2014 edition in San Francisco is set to be a genuine melting pot of system architects coming together to verify the reality of innovative new networking gear built on Intel’s latest silicon. From an Advantech perspective at least, it will be the launch-pad for a broad range of iA-based infrastructure equipment that scales from gigabit to terabit throughput across multiple 40G and 100G connections. All this is based on a common Intel architecture approach that scales up and down at many different price, power and performance points with built-in flexibility to attach offload and acceleration where it makes most sense.

While Intel continues to accelerate network infrastructure advancement with timely enhancements that boost performance, reduce power budgets and introduce specialized acceleration features, Advantech is developing solutions that combine those improvements and 4-to-1 consolidation assets to bring workload-optimized solutions to market, tailored to the needs of the application. By delivering cost and feature-optimized solutions for telecom, datacom and server workflows through increasingly balanced feature sets, the opportunity to reduce both CAPEX and OPEX increases considerably.

This year Advantech will launch no less than 15 new products at IDF based on Intel architecture with more than half of them Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 related. We’ll also be demonstrating a remote evaluation service that allows OEMs to quickly evaluate the new solutions and get ahead of the technology curve with solutions that meet the fast-evolving needs of the networking and communications marketplace.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the Advantech highlights that we think will resonate with attendees at this year’s IDF along with other solutions from the broader network builders community making IDF such a compelling event and one not to miss:


•              CGS-6010 Next Generation High performance and Carrier-Grade server (SDN & NFV Demo)

•              FWA-6520 New Network Appliance Range with dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 series CPUs

•              FWA-6512C Ultra-High-End Network Appliance (Quad socket Intel® Xeon®)  with 100GbE Silicon Photonics ports and FlowNIC load balancing

•              FWA-6512 Ultra-High-End Network Appliance (Quad socket Intel® Xeon®) with 10/40GbE ports and 6WINDGate Acceleration (NFV Focus)

•              3 new ATCA blades optimized for Telecom, Datacom and Server-specific workloads with Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v3 series CPUs

•              14-slot Netarium™ eATCA Platform with new extended RTMs

•              Expansion of 10/40GbE Network Adapter Line Across Multiple Form Factors

•              Launch of a new Industrial PCIe network adapter line with crypto and compression offload


Our FWA-6512C for example supports up to 400G connectivity and adds FlowNIC for integrated switching and intelligent load balancing within a standard software framework. Designed for  100G flow processing, the platform is a highly integrated appliance boosting performance where I/O density and processing power need to be maximized especially for network security, deep packet inspection and traffic/policy management in non-virtualized and virtualized environments such as SDN and NFV. Designed for handling the increased data rates in next generation networking infrastructure it supports connectivity of up to four 100GE ports in a compact 2U footprint. While offering performance levels that previously required more complex and costly architectures, Advantech’s FlowNIC technology integrates seamlessly with standard software frameworks such as Linux, Open vSwitch (OVS) and Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK).

In ultra-high end networking equipment, providers are pushing the I/O density and packet processing performance to its limits in order to respond to increasing throughput demand. Advantech’s new 14-slot eATCA system allows customers to go beyond ATCA, using blades with the latest Intel® Xeon® processor plus Network Mezzanine Cards (NMCs) on Extended Rear Transition Modules enabling customers to offer highly cost-effective solutions and differentiate their products by adding their own hardware acceleration and offload options.

With Intel’s technology offerings Advantech is able to accelerate network platform evolution, lowering our customer’s development risks and improving their time-to-market with solutions that are tailored to their specific application and market needs. Thanks to Intel silicon our customers will be enable to make quantum leaps  in very high-end networking gear.

Stop by one of our booths at IDF. You’ll find us at booth #854 in the General Exhibitor Area and at booth #153 in the Silicon Photonics Community.


Full details of our releases at IDF can be previewed here

Peter Marek – Senior Director of x86 Solutions


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