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HPE Delivers Big Improvements with Compute Modules

July 20, 2017
By Paula Bernier
Executive Editor, TMC

HPE’s new Synergy480 and 660 Gen10 (News - Alert) compute modules are powered by Cavium Inc.’s FastLinQ Ethernet 25/50GbE technology, the companies have revealed. These new I/O connectivity solutions feature significant improvements in cost, density and power. And they allow for cloud, enterprise and telco application acceleration.

"The ability to provide high-performance 25/50Gb Ethernet connectivity within HPE Synergy (News - Alert), the industry's first platform for composable infrastructure, enables our customers to greatly improve application performance and virtual machine scalability, while significantly reducing hardware and management complexity,” said Tom Lattin, vice president of server options for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “In addition, Cavium's Ethernet technology supports enhanced security features and secure firmware updates in HPE Gen10 servers, providing customers increased protection against firmware attacks."

The HPE Synergy 6810C 25/50 GB Ethernet adapter supports up to 100Gbps bi-directional bandwidth. Announced last week, this solution will begin shipping this quarter. Cavium's QL45604 controller powers the HPE Synergy 6810C 25/50 GB Ethernet adapter to deliver high bandwidth and low latency connectivity for the HPE Synergy platform.

On the bandwidth front, the adapter multiplies by two and a half times the available server I/O bandwidth of the previous generation solution. And a future firmware upgrade will enable it to support the Internet Wide Area RDMA Protocol for even more efficient data transfer.

It reduces I/O latency by leveraging RDMA over Converged Ethernet. This product also addresses latency in virtualized environments via Advanced Server Virtualization features that include Single Root I/O virtualization. The low latency means this product is idea for computational, financials, and high performance cluster applications.

This new HPE solution also features acceleration for networking virtualization with Stateless Offloads for tunneling protocols including GRE, NVGRE, and VxLAN. And it supports DPDK, which enables it to do small packet acceleration. That, the companies say, makes this solution a good match for e-commerce and telco applications.

This solution also has a variety of security features. Those features include the following:

  • Authenticated updates for NICs validate that signed firmware is correct and trusted to eliminate rogue firmware installation.
  • Sanitization (Secure User Data Erase) renders user and configuration data on the NIC (News - Alert) irretrievable so that NICs can be safely repurposed or disposed.
  • Secure Boot safeguards the NIC and ensures no rogue drivers are being executed on start-up.


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