SmartNIC Acceleration Solution for User Plane

  • Scenarios such as HD video, VR / AR, industrial control, and autonomous driving have put forward requirements for the network with ultra-low latency and ultra-high bandwidth. These emerging services show the characteristics of intensive computing, intensive communication, and intensive I/O. The demand for computing power has grown exponentially, which is higher than the CPU performance growth trend defined by Moore's Law. In high-concurrency scenarios such as intensive computing, it is difficult for the CPU to take advantage of its architectural advantages. Therefore, acceleration technology needs to be introduced to bridge the gap between service requirements and system capabilities.
  • ZTE innovatively introduced a packet domain SmartNIC solution to break the bottleneck of the existing software forwarding performance, by accelerating UPF / GW-U of the core network at the hardware level, to achieve efficient data processing and forwarding at the user plane, and meet 5G eMBB and URLLC scenarios. 
    ● Integrating mainstream hardware chips, universal and flexible: FPGA chips are used as the main processing devices of SmartNIC, with mature industry, low power consumption, and flexible deployment. Based on the universal PCIe card design, it can be inserted into a universal rack server. 
    ● Independent design of chip logic, efficient and intelligent: independently design UPF / GW-U acceleration algorithm and load it into the SmartNIC. Based on the acceleration algorithm, the SmartNIC can efficiently process and forward data packets, greatly reducing the CPU calculation, memory read, and PCIe bus bottlenecks, greatly improving the performance density of a single server, to achieve the best cost performance index per Gbit.   

    ZTE's packet domain SmartNIC solution is suitable for many typical scenarios: 

    ● Streaming video services, including various live / on-demand video APPs and short video APP traffic.

    ● Low-latency services, including 3D real-time games, autonomous driving, and remote surgery.


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