Advantech Remote Evaluation Service
for Intel Select Solutions for NFVI

Intel Select Solutions for NFVI

Introduction

The Intel Select Solutions for NFVI were defined based on the functional requirements of a wide range of NFVI use cases to arrive at a verified and workload-optimized configuration for VNFs and other NFVI applications. The Advantech platforms, verified Intel Select Solutions for NFVI, are built around the following architectural and deterministic performance features of the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor-based server board:
  • Balanced non-uniform memory access (NUMA) connectivity: I/O is evenly distributed across both CPU sockets. Workloads running on both sockets can benefit from direct access to network, storage (Non-Volatile Memory Express, or NVMe drives), and Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) acceleration.
  • High throughput network interface cards (NICs): two dual 40GbE Advantech Ethernet Cards based on Intel® XL710-BM2. One NIC per socket, four 40GbE ports in total, which gives aggregated theoretical throughput of up to 160 Gbps per server in this configuration. Both systems support further expansion.
  • 2 x 1TB Advantech SATA SSDs and 4 x 2TB Intel® SSD Data Center P4500 Series that deliver a blend of high performance, storage density, manageability, and reliability at an affordable price. High sequential throughput, high random IOPS, and low/reliable latency characteristics of Intel® SSD Data Center Family for NVMe* help accelerate applications across a wide range of NFVI workloads.
  • Intel® QAT acceleration built into the Intel® chipset (C627 on FWA-6710, C628 on SKY-8201) to improve performance and efficiency by offloading compute-intensive encryption and compression operations from server CPUs, including:
    • Bulk cryptography: symmetric encryption + authentication, and cipher operations
    • Public key cryptography: asymmetric encryption, digital signatures, and key exchange
    • Compression: lossless data compression for data in flight and at rest.
 

Key Benefits

Intel Select Solutions for NFVI address the complexity that CoSPs face in choosing the right infrastructure to for NFV by providing a verified hardware and software stack. They enable a fast path for CoSPs to efficiently deploy network function virtualization infrastructure and achieve reliable, more secure, and workload-optimized deterministic performance on a balanced platform.
The Advantech FWA-6170 and SKY-8201 are verified Intel Select Solutions for NFVI that benefits communications service provides by providing developers faster access to workload-optimized and stable platform configurations to accelerate development of optimized NFV Solutions. Ready to ship as pre-configured platforms and also available for benchmarking in Advantech's Remote Evaluation Service labs, communications service providers can ultilize these platforms to conduct testing and modeling of solutions that will define next-generation services.
 

Configurations

Two minimum configurations are defined per Intel Select Solutions for NFVI:
1. Intel Select Solution for NFVI Plus Configuration – This configuration is based on the high-performance Intel® Xeon® Gold 6152 processor. It specifies network, storage and integrated platform acceleration products from Intel to maximize virtual machine density.
2. Intel Select Solution for NFVI Base Configuration – This configuration is based on the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6138T processor and includes network, storage and add-in platform acceleration products from Intel for carrier-class use cases that require long life, high reliability and high TCASE capabilities.

Both Advantech platforms passed Intel Select Solution for NFVI Plus Configuration tests. The FWA-6170 was validated with Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8176 processors, while the SKY-8201 was validated with Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8160M processors and Intel® Xeon® Gold 6154 processors.