Solarflare introduces software defined Ethernet NICS

Solarflare, a pioneer in the development of neural class networks, has demonstrated a software defined Ethernet NIC platform along with a suite of NIC fabric services which run on Qualcomm Centriqâ„¢ 2400 Arm-based servers, the company said.

Driven by the needs of global cloud applications, the data center industry is undergoing an epic migration to a scale-out architecture with computing distributed among dozens to thousands of cores. As a result, data center operators need server processors with higher core densities and lower power to efficiently support these sprawling environments.

Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies Inc., answers the call with Qualcomm Centriq 2400, an Arm-based processor with up to 48 cores, and the world´s first 10-nanometer server processor.

A single data center rack equipped with 38 servers, each with a Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Arm-based server processor, delivers 1,824 cores to achieve the neural-class core density and can easily require inter-connections for over 10,000 applications–the same number of connections maintained by a human neuron. That´s where Solarflare comes in. Solarflare complements efficient Arm computing with innovative neural-class Ethernet networking designed specifically for scale-out cloud environments.

The foundation is an ultra-high performance NIC capable of FPGA-like packet inspection in the compact size, power and cost foot print of a standard NIC, plus ultra-scale connectivity of 1,000s of vNICs needed by distributed applications. On that platform, Solarflare developed the first suite of telemetry, acceleration, and security NIC fabric services which scale-out with each new Arm-based bare metal server, VM and container. The high powered Solarflare NIC platform and shrink-wrapped fabric services combine to provide IT organizations with the unique ability to deploy micro segmented networking services across an Qualcomm Centriq 2400-based data center using standard NICs.

Solarflare is pioneering server connectivity for neural-class networks. From silicon to firmware to software, Solarflare provides a comprehensive, integrated set of technologies for distributed, ultra-scale, software-defined data centers. Learn more at