Companies using ATCA platforms are able to take advantage of the latest Intel® Xeon® processors E5-2600 v2 and hardware acceleration for security and compression following recent introductions from Intel and upgrades by several manufacturers to their ATCA blades and hardware acceleration mezzanine modules. These advances will significantly increase performance for applications using DPI, security and compression functions including policy management and mobile infrastructure.

 

In this blog I am going to explore the benefits of using Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v2 and the latest Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx for ATCA based systems. The examples in this blog are from Advantech, a Premier member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance, and ADLINK Technology and Radisys, both Associate members of the Alliance. The 250-plus members of the Alliance collaborate closely with Intel® to create hardware, software, tools, and services to help speed intelligent systems  to market.

 

20 Cores and 40 Threads per Blade

Most ATCA CPU blades have two processors and many blades now support 10 core Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v2 giving 20 cores and 40 threads per blade. The 22nm Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v2 deliver increased performance by up to 35% on previous generations.  The 10 core devices integrate 25MB cache memory and four memory channels supporting up to 59.7 GB/s total memory bandwidth.

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Figure 1. Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v2 Product Family with Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx Series

 

Figure 1 shows the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v2 used with the Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx. The two processors are closely coupled through dual 8.0 GT/s QPI links. Each processor has 40 PCI Express Rev 3.0 lanes that can be configured into x4, x8 or x16 ports and a DMI connection to the PCH section of the Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx to support PCI Express Gen 1, SATA and USB ports. Most Intel Communications Chipset 89xx devices also integrate Intel® QuickAssist Technology, for security and compression acceleration, and some devices integrate four GbE MACs. These additional functions are accessed through a separate PCI Express Gen 2.0 x8/x16 interface to the processors.

 

Scaling Acceleration Capacity

The first generation Intel Communications Chipset 89xx Series (formerly codenamed Cave Creek) support up to 20Gbps IPsec and SSL security and 8Gbps compression. The second generation Intel Communications Chipset 89xx Series (formerly codenamed Coleto Creek) are footprint compatible and increase acceleration performance by 2-6 times with IPsec up to 43Gbps, SSL up to 50Gbps and 24Gbps compression. RSA Decrypt performance is increased from 28kops/s with 1kb and 5.5kops/s with 2kb to 190kops/s with 1kb and 40kops/s with 2kb. Wireless security performance is increased from 10Gbps for Kasumi/Snow3G to 30Gbps. The second generation Intel Communications Chipset 89xx Series also increase the SR-IOV Virtual Functions from 16 to 32.

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Figure 2. Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx Series SSL Performance (Gbps)

 

The complete family of first and second generation Intel Communications Chipset provides a scalable acceleration solution from 5Gbps SSL to 200Gbps SSL as shown in Figure 2. 200Gbps SSL performance is achieved by using four Intel Communications Chipset 8950 devices.

 

ATCA Blades with Acceleration Mezzanine Modules

The Advantech MIC-5333 shown in Figure 3 integrates two Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v2 and Intel Communications Chipset 89xx. The blade supports two or four 40GbE fabric backplane connections and up to 256 GB DDR3 memory on four channels. The security and compression performance can be significantly enhanced by adding an optional Fabric Mezzanine Module (FMM) with a second generation   Intel Communications Chipset 8950 device.

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Figure 3. Advantech MIC-5333 ATCA Blade with Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx Series

 

The ADLINK aTCA-9700 blade shown in Figure 4 has two Intel Xeon E5-2658 v2/E5-2680 v2 CPUs and the Intel Communications Chipset C604 PCH. The blade supports up to 128 GB SSR3 memory and four 40GbE fabric backplane connections. The blade has provision for a daughter card with a first generation or second generation Intel Communications Chipset 89xx for security and compression acceleration.

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Figure 4. ADLINK aTCA-9700 Blade with Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx Series Daughter Card

 

The Radisys ATCA-4600 integrates two Intel Xeon processors E5-2428L v2/E5-2448L v2 and Intel Communications Chipset 89xx. The blade supports 40GbE fabric backplane connections and up to 96 GB DDR3 memory. The security and compression performance can be significantly enhanced by adding one or two optional Mezzanine Modules (MXM), each with a second generation Intel Communications Chipset 8950 device.

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Figure 5. Radisys ATCA-4600 blade with Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx Series

 

Off The Shelf Acceleration for Security and Compression

The ATCA Blades covered in this blog are off-the-shelf solutions for systems that need high performance DPI, security and compression. The Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v2 provide high performance processing for both control and data plane applications, including DPI, when programmed using the Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK). The Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx Series provide hardware acceleration through Intel QuickAssist Technology for security and compression. The combination of ATCA blades with dual Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v2 and mezzanine cards with Intel Communications Chipset 89xx provides a flexible and scalable solution for many applications including policy management and mobile infrastructure.

 

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Advantech is a Premier member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance. ADLINK Technology and Radisys are Associate members of the Alliance.

 

Simon Stanley

Roving Reporter (Intel® Contractor), Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance

Principal Consultant, Earlswood Marketing

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