Overview

The explosion in data transported on cellular networks, combined with the move to virtualized services, is creating challenges for network operators, both in keeping up with demand and delivering new services.

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) offers network operators the ability to scale their networks with modular software running on COTS servers. It brings flexibility, efficiency, and agility to network design and operations.

5G is driving a change in network architectures with O-RAN disaggregating hardware and software. 5G technology is driven by:

  • Up to 100GBPS data rate, which is a 10x to 100X increase from 4G and 4.5G networks
  • Up to 100X number of connected devices per unit area compared to 4G LTE
  • 99.999% availability, with 1 millisecond latency
  • 1000X bandwidth per unit area

As the amount of data, users, devices, and services grow, server capacity needs to grow, along with increased requirements for power and cooling. NFV acceleration onto a SmartNIC is a cost-effective way to free up compute capacity to accommodate new services and scale using existing server infrastructure. HCL ERX has partnered with Intel to deliver a full suite of network acceleration workloads onto Intel’s N3000 SmartNIC cards.

NFV Acceleration

Business Benefits

Reduced Costs

  • Reduce servers in your data center
  • 35% savings in Capex + Opex
  • Do more with less

Increased Performance

  • 2X – 10X improvement
  • Improved server utilization
  • Achieve higher throughput with lower latency

Increased Efficiency

  • Cost savings
  • 70% of CPU cores
  • Resources can be freed up for other business applications

Flexible Deployment

  • Easy to repurpose
  • Programmable acceleration
  • FPGA can be reprogrammed as business needs evolve

NFV Acceleration Products

SRv6 Acceleration

Segment Routing over IPv6 addresses the requirements of NFV & SDN architecture. SRv6 simplifies NFV implementation by allowing SDN, service chaining, and tunneling at the same time

  • Achieve 3X performance improvement with SRv6 accelerated solution
  • Save CPU cores and CPU cycles to get the same throughput as SRv6 software-based approach
  • Freed up core can be utilized to perform processing of core network functions

OvS Acceleration

Open vSwitch (OvS) is widely used in SDN and NFV communities and it is one of the critical networking components of NFV Infrastructures. Despite the flexibility of virtual switches, they bring poor I/O performance, high CPU overhead. HCL offers a telco-grade OvS acceleration solution for both VM and Containers-based infrastructures

  • Achieve 10X performance improvement with HCL’s OvS acceleration solution
  • Supports both OVS-Kernel/DPDK implementation and has a robust feature set
  • Migrate workload in real-time (Scaling) and achieve live mirroring

vRAN Acceleration

Virtualized Radio Access Network(vRAN) is a simplified and cost-effective approach to network deployment on general-purpose processing. Programmable user workloads include vRAN FEC Acceleration (4G Turbo, 5G LDPC)

  • 4G: Turbo Enablement Package
  • 5G: LDPC Enablement Package
  • Up to 10X performance improvement over software
  • Programmable acceleration deliver faster time to market, higher integration, enable new service experience and customization

Resources

OvS Acceleration

Solution Brief

HCL's SRv6 Acceleration

OvS Acceleration

Solution Brief

HCL's OvS Acceleration

Segment Routing Over IPv6 Acceleration

White paper

Segment Routing Over IPv6 Acceleration Using Intel® FPGA PAC N3000

VNF Onboarding Solutions

Blog

HCL VNF Onboarding solution for service providers