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NVIDIA announces industry’s first secure SmartNIC optimised for 25G

NVIDIA announces industry’s first secure SmartNIC optimised for 25G

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NVIDIA has launched the NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC – a highly secure and efficient 25/50 gigabit per second (Gb/s) ethernet smart network interface controller (SmartNIC) – to meet surging growth in enterprise and cloud scale-out workloads.

ConnectX-6 Lx, the 11th generation product in the ConnectX family, is designed to meet the needs of modern data centres, where 25Gb/s connections are becoming standard for handling demanding workflows, such as enterprise applications, AI and real time analytics.

The new SmartNIC extends accelerated computing by leveraging software-defined, hardware-accelerated engines to offload more security and network processing from CPUs.

“Modern cloud and enterprise data centres rely on accelerated networking to address their scalability and compute challenges,” said Amit Krig, Senior Vice President of Software and NIC Products in NVIDIA’s Mellanox networking business. “ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC delivers cost-effective, accelerated and secure networking for the new era of disaggregated, composable data centres.”

Advanced security

Accelerated security features such as IPsec in-line cryptography and Hardware Root of Trust, and a 10x performance improvement for Connection Tracking, enable Zero Trust security throughout the data centre. Best-in-class RDMA Over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), advanced virtualisation and containersation, and NVMe Over Fabrics storage offloads provide highly scalable and performant networking.

“The server industry is rapidly transitioning from 10GbE to 25GbE network speeds with very fast growth expected. With increasing requirements being placed on the network, more offloads need to be performed on SmartNICs,” said Scott Raynovich, Founder and Chief Technologist of Futuriom, a technology research firm. “NVIDIA’s Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx enables SmartNIC offloads, including advanced switching and security, in a cost-efficient 25/50GbE solution.”

Key features

The Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx provides:

Two ports of 25Gb/s, or a single port of 50Gb/s, ethernet connectivity with PCIe Gen 3.0/4.0 x8 host connectivity.

Security features including Hardware Root of Trust, Connection Tracking for stateful L4 firewalls, and in-line IPSec cryptography acceleration.

GPUDirect RDMA acceleration for NVMe Over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) storage, scale-out accelerated computing and high-speed video transfer applications

Zero Touch RoCE (ZTR) for scalable, easy-to-deploy, best-in-class RoCE without switch configuration

Accelerated switching and packet processing (ASAP2), with built-in SR-IOV and VirtIO hardware offloads for virtualisation and containersation, to accelerate software-defined networking and connection tracking for next-generation firewall services

ConnectX-6 Lx is sampling now, with general availability expected in Q3 2020. Like all products in the ConnectX family, it is compatible with the Mellanox SmartNIC software stack. Together with Mellanox Spectrum switches and the LinkX family of cables and transceivers, ConnectX SmartNICs enable the most comprehensive end-to-end solution for high-performance networks.

Broad industry support

Mellanox SmartNICs and software are used in cloud, hyperscale and enterprise data centres, high performance computing, cybersecurity and financial services systems around the world

Scott Tease, General Manager of High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence at Lenovo Data Centre Group, a NVIDIA technology partner, said: “Lenovo offers best-of-breed solutions that are engineered, tested and certified for cloud, HPC, Artificial Intelligence and hyperscale computing workloads. Mellanox ConnectX SmartNICs enable secure, efficient, high-speed connectivity that accelerates networks and provides critical business advantages for our clients.”

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