The networking industry is going through a transformation that has been brought on by the need to address dynamically changing service needs and the potential created by ever increasing datacenter and cloud processing capability. Service Providers want to expedite network service creation/enablement, simplify management and deployment of those services, while reducing both the infrastructure cost and time to revenue. SDN/NFV deployed with reprogrammable Intel® FPGAs and the software agility of Intel Xeon® processors, supports a common infrastructure of servers and hardware acceleration to help achieve these goals without being limited by physical location or fixed function equipment. Intel is investing in FPGA wire speed data path acceleration solutions for OVS (Open vSwitch), algorithmic Search IP enabling vRouter/Switch/Firewall solutions, and Security Encryption IP (IPSEC/MACSEC). Intel enables FPGA acceleration with both an integrated package MCP (integrated Xeon+FPGA) and a family of SmartNIC PCIe plug-in cards. Combining these ingredients with software infrastructure such as DPDK application programming interfaces (APIs) and a solution partner eco system, customers can create compelling solutions that are performance, power and cost optimized for the NFVi transformation now and into the future.

There is a transformation ongoing within the optical transport network.  As the traffic bandwidth needs increase due to 5G, hybrid cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT), larger and larger pipes are introduced to service these needs. Dynamic allocation based on need is a must-have for the operators all while considering time-to-market, cost per bit, and power.  In addition, carriers are looking for ways to further monetize their transport systems by offering services and applications. Intel® FPGAs can address these varied datapath needs in high growth areas such as 5G mobile fronthaul, datacenter interconnect (DCI), and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), as well as traditional transport, while utilizing Intel Xeon processors for services and applications built upon the transport layer. Customers can increase flexibility and reduce risks by utilizing Intel’s FPGA programmability, while taking advantage of Intel’s strong internal intellectual property (IP) team and solution partner ecosystem to reduce overall solution cost through standards-based IP.  All this allows for a complete end-to-end Intel solution in transport.

Today’s network communications infrastructure requires end-to-end security, from SOHO appliances to hybrid cloud data centers to carrier service provider. Whether it is data in flight or at rest, security throughout the communications spectrum has become a baseline requirement, provisioned through industry-standard network security protocols such as MACsec and IPsec.  These requirements become especially challenging when one considers the unique software environments associated with various network security points, from bump-in-the-wire VNF acceleration (CPU offload) in the DC cloud, to firewall/DPI appliances at the gateway, to embedded line-card storage engines in the enterprise.  Intel offers full-turnkey MACsec and IPsec soft-IP FPGA solutions, each with a baseline feature set that is typically relevant most end-user applications.

Intel enables the rapid deployment of turnkey solutions for Networking with DPDK compatible IPs which showcase the abilities of the FPGA to build cutting edge terabit rate feature rich networking functions. Intel has internally developed and partner enabled Algorithmic TCAM, Deep packet inspection, traffic management and NPU replacement IPs that enable wide applicability on networking control and data planes. Intel is aligned with the Open networking standards ecosystem and has a clear plan to be able to deploy P4 enabled networking IPs which spur innovation of efficient and rapidly deployable network features that Communications Service providers require the telecom equipment manufactures to support flexibly across software and hardware.