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 relegated to the server CPU. In more complete SmartNICs, this brain also offers programmability.

A recent survey conducted by Heavy Reading paints a picture of the current state of the SmartNIC industry, from the point of view of service providers. To better understand what companies are looking for, they asked a variety of questions, from how companies select SmartNICs, to which applications they use them for, and what challenges they are facing.

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. 

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