2U Ultra High-End Network Appliance with FlowNIC based on Quad Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 V3
The FWA-6522C is Advantech’s second generation ultra-high-end network appliance supporting FlowNIC technology for 100G flow processing in a 2U footprint. The platform is a highly integrated appliance designed to boost 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 100GbE ports in a compact 2U form factor. 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).
Designed to meet next generation networking needs at speeds of multiple 100Gbps, the FWA-6522C is architected around four Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 v3 CPUs with support for SKUs up to 18 cores (72 cores total) and 1TB of system DRAM via 32 DIMMs (8 per CPU socket) for handling large workloads. The FWA-6522C inherits the stacked motherboard design from its predecessor for better maintenance and serviceability. The dual motherboard design provides better performance by running QPI interfaces at 9.6GT/s between processors to reduce cross-socket memory I/O latencies and increases throughput between processors.
The system incorporates a FlowNIC based on Netronome’s NFP-6240 silicon that acts as an intelligent load balancer between the external networking ports and the integrated Intel® Xeon® processors. Unlike conventional network appliances that use the QPI interfaces of the processors to route traffic between cores and virtual cores on different sockets, the FlowNIC inside the FWA-6522C is connected to the four Intel® Xeon® processors using four distinct PCIe x8 Gen3 connections, which enables network traffic to be delivered to the destination cores with optimized throughput and minimum latency.