FPGA as a platform for complete network disaggregation

While disaggregation has become standard in data centers and cloud networks, it has yet to penetrate fully at the network edge. There has been a separation of hardware and software vendors, leading to the usage of white box edge switches, but the complete revolution in disaggregating the hardware has yet to occur.

Worse yet, the network edge is exactly where disaggregation is most needed. With the standards and requirements of the edge still evolving, it is impossible to know today what will be required even a year from now, so perhaps the most important characteristics for operators to consider in selecting edge switching hardware should be agility and futureproofing. The one certainty at the edge is that the requirements will change, and yet, ASIC-based switch hardware, even in white box devices, cannot be upgraded to address new data plane functionality requirements.

Ethernity Networks Ltd (LON:ENET) is a leading provider of networking and security software solutions on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), incorporated into SoCs, SmartNICs, and network appliances. Ethernity was founded in 2004 and has its technology deployed in over 600K systems worldwide, connecting over 100M end users. 

Click to view all articles for the EPIC:
Or click to view the full company profile:
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Ethernity Networks plc

More articles like this

Ethernity Networks plc

FPGAs Become the De Facto Platform for Network Disaggregation

There are many forms of disaggregation, but true network disaggregation means that each network function is run on a standard server with open-stack software. Network function virtualization (NFV), which is one aspect of network disaggregation, makes the network

Ethernity Networks plc

Telecom in a COVID world

It has now been about a year since COVID-19 began wreaking havoc. Any discussion of COVID-19 vis a vis the telecom industry is trivial in comparison to the loss and devastation that the virus has brought to so

Ethernity Networks plc

Ethernity Networks receives $2m in customer orders from Tarana

Ethernity Networks Ltd (LON:ENET), a leading supplier of data processing offload solutions on programmable FPGA (field programmable gate array) hardware for accelerating telco/cloud networks, has announced that further to its RNS of 6 April 2021, it has now

Ethernity Networks plc

Ethernity Networks 5G DU solution shortlisted for GLOMO award

Ethernity Networks Ltd (LON:ENET), a leading supplier of data processing offload solutions on programmable FPGA (field programmable gate array) hardware for accelerating telco/cloud networks, has announced that its 5G DU Aggregation and vRouting on FPGA SmartNIC solution has

Ethernity Networks plc

What Service Providers look for in a SmartNIC

SmartNICs, as you might imagine, are network interface cards (NICs) with a brain. This brain can be a CPU, FPGA, or ASIC chip, but whatever the case, it allows the SmartNIC to offload processing that would otherwise be

Ethernity Networks plc

How operators can pace their 5G UPF investments

At this point in the 5G rollout, it’s safe to say that most providers are satisfied with the capacity of their UPF (User Plane Functionality) software. As the primary data processing platform between the Radio Access Network and

Ethernity Networks plc

The Market for DUs in OpenRAN Networks

Traditionally, monolithic network deployments have incorporated a base station at the cell tower, which has included therein all the necessary data processing to then forward the data on to the core of the network. Among the functions found