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Huawei Released Intelligent Acceleration Engine Series to Fuel Enterprise Applications with New Speeds

Oct 17, 2018

[Shanghai, China, October 17, 2018] At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei released a series of intelligent acceleration engine components, including the IN5500 smart network interface card (SmartNIC) and the ES3000 V5 series SSD hard drives. The intelligent acceleration engine offloads CPUs, eliminates congestions, and reduces network latency, taking computing capabilities, performance, and bandwidth to new heights.

Executives launch the Intelligent Acceleration Engine Series at HUAWEI CONNECT 2018

Huawei released the intelligent acceleration engine components

As network applications become ubiquitous in people’s life and work, cloudified services are being integrated deeper into various industries. Fast response becomes the primal differentiator for user experience. Services demanding large throughput and extreme low latency pose the most stringent requirements on network performance. Such services include gaming video, social applications, financial transactions, and cloud-based payment. Network acceleration has now become a core requirement for service development.

Eric Zhao (Zhao Chunhui), General Manager of the Huawei IT Intelligent Accelerator Component Domain, said, "Big data, AI, and cloud computing technologies are developing rapidly. Service cloudification has become part of every industry. Enterprises and customers are all looking for better service experience and faster service response. The intelligent accelerator component family released this time includes the IN5500 SmartNIC and the ES3000 V5 SSD. They are powered by HiSilicon core chips and integrate Huawei's years of experience in the network and IT fields to unlock faster, smarter, and simpler data experience for enterprises and customers.”

At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei released the industry's first 100G IN5500 SmartNIC. It uses the Hi1822 NIC controller chip and Huawei patent congestion control algorithm. It provides 100G/25G Ethernet ports, and supports RoCE/iWARP and OVS/TCP protocol offload. The IN5500 SmartNIC supports C language programming and custom differentiated features such as network Quality of Service (QoS), traffic monitoring, and IP firewall. Using a low-power design, it slashes power consumption by 50% compared with common SmartNICs. As the public cloud and data center network are quickly evolving to the 25G network, the proportion of SmartNICs will surge. SmartNICs are mainly used for cloud network OVS acceleration and large-scale cloud storage networking demanding low latency.

The Huawei IN5500 series SmartNIC enables cloud network OVS offload, and is the industry’s first to implement a virtual switch capable of forwarding 10 million packets per second (Mpps), delivering a packet forwarding performance of up to 15 Mpps, which is 2.5x better than industry’s current best. The forwarding performance fully meets the ultra-high packet forwarding requirements of throughput-intensive services such as gaming videos on the cloud network.

In large-scale cloud storage networking scenarios, the Huawei IN5500 SmartNIC integrates patented congestion control algorithms, including proactive congestion control and passive congestion control. It also combines the Flowlet load balancing on the NIC side to achieve ultimate dynamic low latency, slashing the average network latency by 30% compared with the industry benchmark, and network tail latency 65% lower than the industry benchmark, while supporting a cluster scale of over 1000 servers.

The ES3000 V5 SSD is Huawei's seventh generation enterprise SSD. Based on the SSD controller technology, and supporting the PCIe 3.0 and SAS 12 Gb/s interfaces, the ES3000 V5 SSD supports a capacity of up to 16 TB, and is available in the U.2 and AIC card form factors.

Engineered to be faster, smarter, and simpler, the ES3000 V5 SSD delivers read/write bandwidth of up to 3.5 GB/s and 3.2 GB/s respectively, a 10% and 64% improvement over the V3 generation. It supports 825k and 300k read/write IOPS, and 14 μs ultra-low write latency; supports intelligent multi-stream for fine-grained service I/O adaptation, enabling 15% higher performance and 20% longer service life. In addition, the ES3000 V5 SSD supports intelligent monitoring and management, maintenance, and service support, making O&M more efficient and care-free. It has been optimized for customer applications, and provides a reference architecture to save the trouble of complex model selection, allowing customers to easily cope with business growth. The ES3000 V5 SSD also provides optimized service configurations based on application scenarios such as Oracle, VMware, and MySQL.

HUAWEI CONNECT 2018 – “Activate Intelligence” – is held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center and Expo Center from October 10 to 12.This year’s HUAWEI CONNECT conference is designed to help all businesses and organizations step over the threshold and stake their claim in the intelligent world. You 

will be joined by the best minds in the industry – including global ICT leaders, industry experts, and ecosystem partners – to chart the way forward and explore new opportunities.